Wildfowl of Europe, Asia & North America
Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America is a comprehensive reference summarising current knowledge on the identification of the different species and subspecies of ducks, geese and swans in Europe, Asia and North America – in essence the Holarctic zoogeographical region.
The detailed species accounts cover taxonomy,specific and subspecific identification features, determination of age and sex, geographic variation, measurements, voice, moult and hybridisation. In addition, the current status of each species is treated with up-to-date information on distribution, population size, habitat and life-cycle. The text is complemented by 650 colour photos, almost all taken in the wild, and 72 colour plates painted by the author and featuring over 920 individual artworks. Together, these represent most of the plumages of each of the 84 species treated in Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America, as well as more than 100 hybrids that are observed more or less regularly in the wild. The photos are provided with captions that focus on the most important features, and the plates are accompanied by succinct caption text and distribution maps.
This new identification guide provides an unrivalled level of detail and a wealth of information and illustrations. It will be an essential reference for anyone interested in the ducks, geese and swans of Eurasia and North America.
- ISBN: 9781472912343
- Author(s): Sebastien Reeber
- Stock Code: 2912343
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Colour plates, Maps
- Pages: 655
- Published: 2015
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The involvement of humans with ducks, geese and swans has probably been closer than with any other group of birds, today and for several millenia past. This involvement, in its many aspects, is the theme of this compelling and readable account by an Assistant Director of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Dr Kear ranges widely, from a summary of the taxonomy and natural history of wildfowl, through a history of domestication world wide, to wildfowling, decoys, conservation and captive breeding, conflicts with agriculture, and wildfowl in legend and literature.
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