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  • John Latham, Surgeon, Ornithologist and Antiquary
    John Latham, Surgeon, Ornithologist and… by Mary Thornton Howard

    This book gives a short account of an unusually long and productive life. John Latham (1740-1837) combined a flourishing medical practice with an international reputation as an ornithologist. He found time to publish a compendium describing all the birds known at that time throughout the world, many of them identified by himself.

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  • Der Baumfalke (The Hobby)
    Der Baumfalke (The Hobby) by Klaus Dietrich Fiuczynski, Paul Sommer

    This is a comprehensive monograph, consolidating and summarising the current state of knowledge of the species. German text.

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  • Birds Talk
    Birds Talk by Edward Cowie

    Ever wondered why herons have such long necks and big feet, why woodpeckers spend so much time 'headbanging', why sparrowhawks are so sneaky or why rooks have such great gang-fests in the winter? Let the birds tell you themselves. A selection of common birds have their say, not without critisism for the 'Hooman' race, but not without praise either.

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  • Extremely Rare Birds in the Western Palearctic
    Extremely Rare Birds in the Western… by Marcel Haas

    This book describes in detail the 155 species of extremely rare birds in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. All records are listed with references to books and articles.

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  • The Swan, A Natural History
    The Swan, A Natural History by Malcolm Schuyl

    Stunning photographs from professional photographer Malcolm Schuyl illustrate this new natural history of the swan, this much-loved creature of beauty and grace. Drawing on decades of research, this lively and inspirational book covers natural history, behaviour, breeding and courtship, swan domestication, both in literature and myth, as well as their conservation.

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  • Collins New Naturalist No. 11 The Heron
    Collins New Naturalist No. 11 The Heron by Frank A Lowe

    For the first time in over forty years, these best-selling, out-of-print New Naturalist monographs are available as print-on-demand editions. Artists Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were asked to design jackets for this series alongside the main series, which resulted in the same stunning, distinctive cover illustrations that had helped inspire an entire new generation of nature enthusiasts.

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  • Bird Monitoring Methods; A Manual of Techniques for Key UK Species
    Bird Monitoring Methods; A Manual of… by Gillian Gilbert et al.

    First published by the RSPB in 1998, this book is a practical guide to surveying and monitoring techniques for use in the breeding season - in assessing breeding success as well as population levels - and during the winter. It gives instructions for more than 120 UK bird species, mainly those of conservation concern. Methods used in the UK's main national bird monitoring schemes are also outlined with advice on how to participate in them. Black and white figures and illustrations.

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  • Life with Birds; A Story of Mutual Exploitation
    Life with Birds; A Story of Mutual… by Malcolm Smith

    The fascinating story of our exploitation of birds, and their exploitation of us. A compilation of amazing international stories with examples from around the world. The author weaves an amazing web of inter-relationships, from the Parsi funeral in Mumbai where birds of prey eat the dead; to collecting eider down from nests in Iceland and standing on the once body-strewn battlefield of Agincourt where birds won the day for the English army, Life with Birds will provide enlightenment as well as a hugely enjoyable read.

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  • Stonechats: A Guide to the Genus Saxicola (Helm Identification Guide)
    Stonechats: A Guide to the Genus… by Ewan Urquhart

    The genus 'Saxicola' contains about thirteen species, depending on taxonomy, and includes two very familiar and attractive British species - the Stonechat and Whinchat. This is a comprehensive treatment of these birds with detailed identification and text covering biology, habitat and range of each species. New DNA data is presented for the first time addressing some of the complex taxonomic issues affecting this genus. Colour plates and photographs, distribution maps, 224pp 2002

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  • 40 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Finches on Daphne Major Island25% OFF
    40 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Finches… by Peter R. Grant, B. Rosemary Grant

    Renowned evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant have produced landmark studies of the Galápagos finches first made famous by Charles Darwin. Now, in their richly illustrated new book, 40 Years of Evolution, the authors turn their attention to events taking place on a contemporary scale. By continuously tracking finch populations over a period of four decades, they uncover the causes and consequences of significant events leading to evolutionary changes in species.

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  • The Wood Duck and the Mandarin: The Northern Wood Ducks
    The Wood Duck and the Mandarin: The… by Lawton L Shurtleff, Christopher Savage

    The only two species in their genus these two ducks are among the most beautiful in appearance & most remarkable in behaviour. They breed nest and winter in the northern hemisphere seeking out quiet rivers & secluded lakes in their respective native lands. The Mandarin colony in Great Britain is also discussed. Colour photos b/w drawings maps. 232pp. 1996

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  • Jonathan Couch's Cornish Birds
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    Dr Jonathan Couch (1789-1870) of Polperro was Cornwall's foremost naturalist in the 19th century. This book draws on the Royal Institution of Cornwall's extensive collection of his material, in particular his hitherto unpublished study of Cornish birds begun in 1829 and his 'Journal of Natural History' of which 10 of the 12 volumes had been lost for over a century. Illustrations include engravings highlighting of identification encountered by these early naturalists.

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  • Shrikes (Laniidae) of the World; Biology and Conservation
    Shrikes (Laniidae) of the World;… -

    Proceedings of the First International Shrike Symposium 11-15 January 1993. Archbold Biological station, Lake Placid, Florida, USA. Part 1:General Comments Part II Evolution, Systematics and Biogeography. Part III Population Status and Trends. Part IV Foraging Ecology and Habitat Selection. Part V reproductive Ecology. Part VI Captive Breeding and techniques. Part VII Conservation and Management. Part VIII Rappoteur's Comments. Part IX Abstracts of Papers Presented.

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  • Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park
    Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in… by Marie Winn

    This award-winning book tells the story of a pair of red-tails that chose to nest on a high ledge of a 5th Avenue building in 1992. Never before had hawks nested on a city building & this first attempt was fraught with problems & anxieties. It is a charming story of romance exhilaration despair & obsession. map 306pp 1998

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  • Fugler Og Fuglafolk Pa Utsira
    Fugler Og Fuglafolk Pa Utsira by Tveit, Bjorn Olav et al.

    This book is about the birds and birdwatchers of Utsira, the Norwegian equivalent of Fair Isle. It is in Norwegian although a language key helps you navigate through some of the more frequent terms. You can also distil basic information from individual species accounts, a detailed checklist which provides English, Norwegian and scientific names, a month by month chart and breeding codes.

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  • Starlings and Mynas (Helm Identification Guides)
    Starlings and Mynas (Helm… by Chris Feare, Adrian Craig

    The starling family whilst not sounding particularly attractive actually contains some of the world's most successful and some of the world's rarest birds. This one volume covers all 114 members of the family. Each is described and illustrated together with many distinctive subspecies and the authors describe every aspect of the birds' natural history. 32 colour plates distribution maps 272pp, 1998

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  • The Prairie Falcon
    The Prairie Falcon by Stanley H Anderson, John R Squires

    This is the first publication devoted exclusively to this North American raptor. Colour photos b/w illustrations map 1997

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  • The Birder's Sourcebook; A Compendium of Essential Birding Information
    The Birder's Sourcebook; A Compendium… by Buff

    Contains important North American information about products places and organizations with up-to-date names addresses and telephone and rare bird alert numbers. Also contains some international material.

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  • The State of the Nation's Birds
    The State of the Nation's Birds by Chris Mead

    At the end of the millenium, how are our breeding birds faring? Which are increasing & which are declining? One of the country's foremost bird population experts examines the situation using comprehensive data on 250 British breeding birds.

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  • New World Blackbirds: The Icterids (Helm Identification Guides)
    New World Blackbirds: The Icterids… by Alvaro Jaramillo, Peter Burke

    A comprehensive guide to 103 members of the family Icteridae which ranges throughout the Americas from Alaska to Cape Horn. 39 colour plates, distribution maps, 512pp. 1999

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  • The Avian Brood Parasites; Deception at the Nest
    The Avian Brood Parasites; Deception at… by Paul A Johnsgard

    Discusses all of the world's species of obligatory brood parasites -those birds that reproduce only by laying their eggs in the nests of other species. There are almost 100 birds which fall into this category & the author covers the ecological & evolutionary aspects of their remarkable behavioural adaptation.

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  • Life of the Flycatcher
    Life of the Flycatcher by Alexander F Skutch

    This renowned New World ornithologist draws upon his own wide experience & observations to create this detailed account of the flycatcher family.

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  • Munias and Mannikins
    Munias and Mannikins by Robin Restall

    This comprehensive guide covers a family which is widespread in the Old World's tropical regions. Normally birds of the savanna they have adapted to various habitats and their striking plumage makes them popular cagebirds and they breed readily in captivity. Every species and subspecies is described and illustrated on 80 colour plates. Maps, 264pp. 1996

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  • Nightjars: A Guide to Nightjars and Related Nightbirds
    Nightjars: A Guide to Nightjars and… by Nigel Cleere, David Nurney

    An identification guide to a notoriously difficult group of birds. Strictly nocturnal and cryptically patterned it is necessary to rely on size shape habitat and voice to be confident of identification. An accompanying CD is alos available (Stock code: V10035).

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  • Titmice
    Titmice by Graham, Keith

    An illustrated guide to the tit family (Paridae) in the United Kingdom.

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  • The Prairie Falcon
    The Prairie Falcon by Stanley H Anderson, John R Squires

    This is the first publication devoted exclusively to this North American raptor.

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  • Bird Brain of Britain; Pit your wits against the experts!
    Bird Brain of Britain; Pit your wits… by Charles Gallimore, Tim Appleton

    The hugely popular British birdwatching Fair, held at Rutland Water every August, hosts many bird related events in its various marquees. Of these, non is more eagerly attended (by all but its participants) than the terrifying Mastermind style quiz 'Bird Brain of Britain'. Here, every question ever asked in this cruellest of birding quizzes is reproduced, enabling all birders to test their knowledge against the brave few who have taken their place in the Bird Brain chair. Includes all answers, observed cartoons from John Cox and a summary of each year's conservation project and how the money raised at BirdFair was spent.

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  • Beguiled by Birds
    Beguiled by Birds by Ian Wallace

    Part history, part life story, Beguiled by Birds describes the course of British birdwatching, particularly over its last 125 years. Over its long history, the study of birds has undergone dramatic changes in rationale and methodology. As the technological expertise available to us has grown, our understanding and appreciation of natural systems and the natural world has evolved. Now it is a hugely popular hobby among all sorts of people. Still fired up by birds every day, Ian vividly describes the traditions, pleasures and pains of being a purposeful observer.

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  • International Bird Identification - Proceedings of the 4th International Identification Meeting
    International Bird Identification -… by BB, IBCE

    Expert papers on some thorny ID problems on a number of mid- east species eg Negev Lappet-faced Vulture Steppe Spotted & Lesser Spotted Eagles Greater & Lesser Sandplovers Booted Eagles various snipes forms of Lesser Golden-plover juvenile skuas `Cantabrican' & Armenian Herring Gull Juvenile Roseate Tern and others.

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  • Some Adaptations of Marsh-Nesting Blackbirds
    Some Adaptations of Marsh-Nesting… by Gordon H Orians

    Results of work on red-winged blackbirds in Costa Rica & other spp. in Argentina. B/w photographs, graphs, tables. 295pp. 1980

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  • Birds and Pastoral Agriculture in Europe
    Birds and Pastoral Agriculture in Europe by M A Curtis

    The Proceedings of the Second European Forum on Birds and Pastoralism Port Erin Isle of Man 26-30 October 1990.

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  • Directory of Important Bird Areas in Malaysia; Key Sites for Conservation
    Directory of Important Bird Areas in… by Yeap Chin Aik et al.

    Malaysian Nature Society has identified 55 IMA's for Malaysia, 18 in Peninsular Malaysia, 14 in Sabah and 22 in Sarawak. This directory builds, expands and also supports several national policies, namely the National Physical Plan (NPP), a statutory document which is Malaysia's first national blueprint for spatial planning and the National Policy on Biological Diversity.

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  • The True Shrikes (Laniidae) of the World: Ecology, Behavior and Evolution
    The True Shrikes (Laniidae) of the… by E. N. Panov

    The first monograph in English on the 34 shrike species distributed across Africa, Eurasia and North America. These birds have attracted the attention of ornithologists for a long time, mainly because of their predatory nature and the methods which they use to dispatch their prey. The most important information on shrikes of the World is summarized.

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  • Seabird Populations of Britain & Ireland: Results of the 'Seabird 2000' Census 1999-2002
    Seabird Populations of Britain &… by P. Ian Mitchell et al.

    Summarises the findings of 'Seabird 2000', a major national initiative to census all the breeding seabirds of Britain and Ireland. It includes accounts of the current numbers and distributiom of 25 species and charts changes in abundance and distribution over the last 30 years. Photographs, maps, figures. 511pp. 2004

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  • Birds in Brazil: A Natural History
    Birds in Brazil: A Natural History by Helmut Sick

    This publication covers Brazil's 1635 species. It is a substantially revised English language version of a book first published in 1985 and contains 48 colour plates by Paul Barruel & John P. O'Neill together with 15 half-tones and 262 line illustrations. The book provides detailed accounts for most species.

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  • The World of Birds50% OFF
    The World of Birds by Jonathan Elphick

    A comprehensive survey of the world's birds which includes details of every one of the 29 orders and each of the approximately 200 families. Reflecting the latest classification changes to the Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World, it explains how birds are classified and provides an outline of the system of classification. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 640pp. 2014


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  • The Birds of Gwent
    The Birds of Gwent by W A Venables et al.

    One of the first comparative breeding bird atlases for a county. The use of data from 1977 and 1987 atlases allows longer term population trends to be analysed and discussed. Details the status, distribution, and past and present fortunes of all birds recorded in Gwent, with a breakdown of all rarity records. Line drawings, distribution maps, colour photographs, 416pp. 2008

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  • Amazing Birds; A Treasury of Facts and Trivia
    Amazing Birds; A Treasury of Facts and… by Roger Lederer

    Over 400 nuggets of information drawn from nature, science, history and mythology. Find the answers to those puzzling questions: how light is a feather? Are owls really wise? Why do birds migrate and how do they know where to go. Will appeal to birders and non birders alike.

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  • Restoring North America's Birds: Lessons from Landscape Ecology
    Restoring North America's Birds:… by Robert A. Askins

    Drawing on recent research on bird species and their habitatsthis book explains how basic principles of bird ecology and landscape ecology can help us create scientifically sound plans for protecting and restoring the rich diversity of North American birds. Illustrations, 364pp. 2002 2nd edition

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  • Priority! The Dating of Scientific Names in Ornithology
    Priority! The Dating of Scientific… by E C Dickinson et al.

    Introductory chapters discuss the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, the historical and technical background of printing and publishing, and the resources used by the authors. The bulk of the book is devoted to lists of books and periodicals with comments on dating issues. The accompanying CD-Rom contains tables compiled by the 56 distinguished zoologists or librarians from 26 countries who have contributed to the work.

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  • The Greater Flamingo (Poyser monograph)
    The Greater Flamingo (Poyser monograph) by Alan Johnson, Frank Cezilly

    A detailed monograph on an iconic bird of tropical wetlands thoughout Eurasia and Africa. Authoritative yet readable.

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  • The Dodo; Extinction in Paradise
    The Dodo; Extinction in Paradise by Errol Fuller

    The story of the Dodo is a classic of evolution and extinction to equal, in fascination, that of the dinosaur or the sabre toothed tiger. Unlike these, the Dodo was the first recorded example of extinction, in all probability, entirely caused by humans. Humankind coexisted with the Dodo between 1598 and 1681, and then the Dodo was gone, hunted to extinction, unable to escape the new predators that arrived in ships on their isolated island later known as Mauritius. Explores the science, mythology, history, archaeology, and legend, along with the Dodo's place in art and literature.

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  • Great Birds of Britain and Europe
    Great Birds of Britain and Europe by David Tipling, Jonathan Elphick

    A superb collection of bird photographs and evocative text that will give pleasure and fascinating information to nature lovers and birdwatchers alike.

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  • UK500: Birding in the Fast Lane
    UK500: Birding in the Fast Lane by James Hanlon

    A fascinating insight into the world of twitching, an anecdotal, humourous and highly personal account of some of the author's most memorable, and amusung, missions to add new birds to his ener increasing British life list. Includes descriptions of the most exciting moments in the authors hunt for the first 500 bird species 'twitched' in the British Isles before he reached thirty.

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  • Hawks from Every Angle; How to Identify Raptors in Flight
    Hawks from Every Angle; How to Identify… by Jerry Liguori

    Across North America people gather every spring and fall at more than one thousand known hawk migration sites. A standard field guide, with its emphasis on plumage is often of little help in identifying those raptors, soaring, gliding or in flight high above.Provides information on 19 species most common to migration sites throught the United States and Canada. All aspects of raptor identifcation are discussed, including plumage, shape and flight style traits.

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  • On Sparrows and Man
    On Sparrows and Man by J Denis Summers-Smith

    As a result of the sparrows association with man it has become the most sucessful alien avian colonist but recently is in serious deline in urban areas in northwest Europe. The author speculates on the possible reasons underlying the decline. Although we do not know the cause it is almost certain we are in some way responsible. This book is not only for birdwatchers, but also for anyone interested in our natural environment.

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  • In Search of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker
    In Search of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker by Jerome A Jackson

    This is a combination of natural history, detective work and fascination with a truly remarkable woodpecker. The author synthesizes a wealth of information on ornithological history, the politics of endangered species conservation and the behaviour and ecology of the ivory-billed woodpecker.

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  • Adventures Among Birds
    Adventures Among Birds by W H Hudson

    This is almost a manifesto for the life of birds. Hudson's experience of different forms of birdlife is prodigious, and he weaves a thousand small anecdotes together into a rallying call against indifference to the beauty of bird.

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  • Cheng and the Golden Pheasant; A Biography of China's Leading Ornithologist
    Cheng and the Golden Pheasant; A… by WPA (eds)

    Although China is home to over 1,100 of the world's 9,000 or so species no scientific research had been carried out on them until Professor Cheng Tso-hsin began his work earlier this century. Since then he has written hundreds of papers articles and books and has been instrumental in setting up wildlife reserves. He is still active in shaping government conservation policy. 1996 WPA

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  • Saving Migrant Birds; Developing Strategies for the Future
    Saving Migrant Birds; Developing… by John Faaborg

    Studies in the 1980s established that bird populations were declining and that tropical rainforest habitat was being lost. This led to the establishment of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Program, also known as the Partners in Flight. The author offers serious evaluation of the state of songbird populations today and shows that many factors besides habitat loss affect bird populations.

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  • Nomads of the Strait of Gibraltar
    Nomads of the Strait of Gibraltar by Partida, Fernando Barrios

    Millions of birds cross the Strait of Gibraltar in both directions every year. A large proportion use the areas near the Strait as resting and feeding sites. Part field guide and travel log and part ecological memoir, this title is exceptionally well researched, particularly with regard to historic accounts. Paints the region's landscapes and fill them with long lists of residents and migrants, and then goes on to explain the biology involved.

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  • Fatal Flight; The Maltese Obsession with Killing Birds
    Fatal Flight; The Maltese Obsession… by N Fenech

    Written by a member of the Maltese Ornithological Society this book exposes the shooting trapping or liming of over four million birds on the island each year. It is a graphic account of the historical background to the slaughter and discusses every aspect of this atrocious behaviour.

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  • Measuring Birds/Vögel Vermessen
    Measuring Birds/Vögel Vermessen -

    With the aid of detailed illustrations this handy volume offers concise instructions and recommendations on how to measure birds. Problems with particular measurement techniques are discussed, as are accuracy, reliability, and comparability of measurements, the numbering of flight feathers, skull ossification, determining weight, and appropriate measuring tools. Printed on durable water-resistant paper and with an innovative binding, this manual has been explicitly designed for use in the field and for taxidermy

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  • A History of Devonshire Ornithology
    A History of Devonshire Ornithology -

    This title is important because it relates the story of ornithology in one of the key counties of southern England and is a valuable historical document that helps us understand the origins of the modern nature conservation movement. The core of this work is the careful distillation of literature, letters, records and documents covering the history of the past 200 years of Devon ornithology.

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  • Birds, Scythes and Combines: A History of Birds and Agricultural Change
    Birds, Scythes and Combines: A History… by Michael Shrubb

    Provides a historical account of the impact of changes in farming methods on the bird populations of British farmland over the last 250 years. Despite the scale of change in the late 18th and 19th centuries, farmland birds were little affected, with many benefiting from the appearance of extensive new resources. Comparison with modern experience show sharp differences, with changes in grassland management, in herbicide use and harvesting methods leading to a loss of diversity in farmland and consequently steep declines in bird numbers. Maps, line diagrams, tables, 352pp. 2003

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  • Bird in the Nest
    Bird in the Nest by Bill Oddie, Peter Holden

    Based on their TV series & recommended by the RSPB, this is the behind-the-scenes story of the birds & the film crews who spent weeks filming them.

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  • Birds Britannica
    Birds Britannica by Richard Mabey, Mark Cocker

    This title covers cultural links, social history, birds as food, ecology, the lore and language of birds, myths, art, literature and music, anecdotes, birdsong and rare facts, migration, the seasons and our sense of place. An attempt to describe the interaction of birds and humans, it captures the essence of why birds matter.

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  • Bird Mortality Following the Mersey Oil Spill, August 1989
    Bird Mortality Following the Mersey Oil… by J Evans

    An important historical document from the BTO.

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  • The Importance of the Wyre Estuary for Bird Populations in Relation to the Proposed Wyre Barrage
    The Importance of the Wyre Estuary for… by S J Woolfall

    An important historical document from the BTO.

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  • Population Processes in Some British Seed-eating Birds
    Population Processes in Some British… by Humphrey Crick et al

    An important historical document from the BTO.

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