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by Heimo Mikkola

In today's modern world the study of plumage, moult, ageing and sexing is highly important for both professional and 'amateur' birdwatchers and ringers. To be able to recognise the colour and shape of different feather generations is the key to age the owls. In this book the authors have explored how and to what extent these colour and moult patterns can be used for ageing the owls in the field. As it is so difficult to sex many owl species, the authors try to give most practical measurements and colour differences to be used in sexing all 13 European and Finnish owl species. Finnish and English. 96pp

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M24340 Paperback  £17.50
H is for Hawk   layout image
As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H. White's tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals. 320pp. 2014

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M24336 Hardback  £14.99
AUSTRALIAN BIRD NAMES A Complete Guide   layout image

by Ian Fraser / Jeannie Gray

Australian Bird Names is aimed at anyone with an interest in birds, words, or the history of Australian biology and bird-watching. It discusses common and scientific names of every Australian bird, to tease out the meanings, which may be useful, useless or downright misleading!. The authors examine every species, its often many-and-varied common names, its full scientific name, with derivation, translation and a guide to pronunciation. Stories behind the name are included, as well as relevant aspects of biology, conservation and history. Original descriptions, translated by the authors, have been sourced for many species. As well as being a book about names this is a book about the history of ever-developing understandings of birds, about the people who contributed and, most of all, about the birds themselves. 352pp. 2013

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M24321 Paperback  £44.95
The Passenger Pigeon   layout image

by Errol Fuller

Tells the astonishing story of North America's Passenger Pigeon, a bird species that like the Tyrannosaur, the Mammoth, and the Dodo, has become one of the great icons of extinction. Errol Fuller describes how these fast, agile, and handsomely plumaged birds were immortalised by the ornithologist and painter John James Audubon, and captured the imagination of writers such as James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain. He shows how widespread deforestation, the demand for cheap and plentiful pigeon meat, and the indiscriminate killing of Passenger Pigeons for sport led to their catastrophic decline. Fuller provides an evocative memorial to a bird species that was once so important to the ecology of North America, and reminds us of just how fragile the natural world can be. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, Halftones, 192pp. 2014


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M24311 Hardback  £19.95
A Message from Martha; The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and its Relevance Today   layout image

by Mark Avery

This book tells the tale of the Passenger Pigeon, of Martha, the last of her kind, and of author Mark Avery's journey in search of them. It looks at how the species was a cornerstone of the now much-diminished ecology of the eastern United States, and how the species went from a population that numbered in the billions to nil in a terrifyingly brief period of time. Despite the underlying theme of loss, this book is more than another depressing tale of human greed and ecological stupidity. It contains an underlying message - that we need to re-forge our relationship with the natural world on which we depend, and plan a more sustainable future. Otherwise more species will go the way of the Passenger Pigeon. We should listen to the message from Martha. 304pp. 2014

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M24309 Hardback  £16.99
40 Years of Evolution; Darwin's Finches on Daphne Major Island   layout image

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. In How and Why Species Multiply, they offered a complete evolutionary history of Darwin's finches since their origin almost 3 million years ago. 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. Illustration type: Colour photographs, Colour illustrations, B/W illustrations, Tables, 400pp. 2014

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M24276 Hardback  £34.95

by Dr Jochen Martens

CD 1 contains 78 tracks (Phylloscopus trochilus to Phylloscopus chloronotus). 68.21 mins. CD 2 contains 69 tracks (Phylloscopus boreals to Seicercus poliogenys). 68.14 mins

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V10121 CD  £21.00
Birds of a Feather; Seasonal Changes on Both Sides of the Atlantic Birds of a Feather; Seasonal Changes on Both Sides of the Atlantic   layout image

by Colin Rees / Derek Thomas

An informative book in which the authors portray the changing seasons in the UK and US, bringing their observations together with some startling results. In the context of their gardens, neighbourhoods and in the larger landscapes, the authors provide month by month accounts of their birding year, commenting on what they see and hear. They also consider how our world is radically changing the lives of birds and also address the challenges of conservation in the modern world. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, 2014

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M24224 Paperback  £12.99
Latin for Bird Lovers Latin for Bird Lovers   layout image

by Dr Roger Lederer / Carol Burr

Reveals the meaning, origin and pronunciation of Latin binomials, helping readers to get to grips with the information that these names contain and also communicate more effectively with other birders. Features 'Bird Profile' pages in which the authors explore specific genera in depth and, in 'Latin in Action' information, boxes provide tips that will help readers apply the lore of Latin names to their own birding. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, 224pp. 2014

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M24203 Hardback  £14.99
The World of Birds   layout image

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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M24177 Hardback  £40.00
Urban Peregrines Urban Peregrines   layout image

by Ed Drewitt

The Peregrine, the fastest bird in the world, has made a remarkable recovery over the past 30 years. As the species re-establishes itself around the world it is becoming a familiar sight in towns and cities. This is the first in-depth focus on the lives of Peregrines in towns and cities. In words and stunning photographs, Ed Drewitt reveals the latest information on Peregrine behaviour including how they are adapting to, and taking advantage of, the urban environment. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 208pp. 2014

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M24176 Hardback  £24.99
The Life of David Lack; Father of Evolutionary Ecology The Life of David Lack; Father of Evolutionary Ecology   layout image

by Ted Anderson

Most people who have taken a biology course in the past 50 years are familiar with the work of David Lack, but few remember his name. Almost all general biology texts produced during that period have a figure showing the beak size differences among the finches of the Galapagos Islands from Lack's 1947 classic, Darwin's Finches. Lack's pioneering conclusions in Darwin's Finches mark the beginning of a new scientific discipline, evolutionary ecology. Tim Birkhead, in his acclaimed book, The Wisdom of Birds, calls Lack the 'hero of modern ornithology.' Who was this influential, yet relatively unknown man? Illustration type: Black and white photographs, 246pp. 2013

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M24175 Hardback  £37.50
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