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Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa: The Birds of the Western Palearctic Volume VIII: Crows to Finches [Hardcover]

Stanley Cramp


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May 1 1990 0198546793 978-0198546795
This entirely new and authoritative work of reference contains descriptions of over 770 species. The crows, jays, ravens, starlings, sparrows, weavers and finches of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa are included, with sections on field characters, habitat, distribution, mortality, population (with maps showing breeding and watering areas), movements, food, social pattern and behaviour, breeding, voice, plumages, moults, measurements, weight, structure, and geographical variation. Specially commissioned colour plates illustrate each species, and there are also colour plates of eggs, plus many black and white illustrations and text-figures. Regular migrants and accidental species are also covered. For many years the Handbook of British Birds (published in 1938-41), provided the basis on which UK ornithological research was built. This new book has been planned to cover the great advances that have been made in ornithological knowledge since then, and in particulartakes account of the fact that ornithologists now work on a wider geographical basis. All Europe is included, together with the Middle East to Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, and Africa south to approximately 19 N. is refl

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'There is something both for the professional scientist and for the keen amateur eager to progress beyond the limitations of the generally available field guides... The colour plates by the cream of Britain's bird artists are of first-class quality.' David Jobbins, ornithologist and assistant editor of The THES (The Times Higher), November 4, 1994.

'The plates in these two volumes are among the best in the whole series ... it is a magnificent work.' David Tomlinson, New Scientist, December 1994

'it is a magnificent work' New Scientist

`To say it is a landmark in modern ornithology is probably an understatement. If you are serious about birdwatching but haven't yet got the set, then get it.' Hampshire Ornithological Society

`I wholeheartedly recommend these two volumes, with their wealth of information. even without the rest of the set. I cannot recommend it more highly than by stating that it is the most-used reference in the RSPB library.' Ian Dawson, World Birdwatch 17.1

`The quality of the plates is also outstanding, especially those of the finches by Hilary Burns and Chris Rose in Volume 8 and of the buntings by Trevor Boyer and Iam Lewington in volume 9.' Patrick Y. Bergkamp, University of Amsterdam, Bull. B.O.C. 1995 115 (1)

`this is a reference work, not something to dip into when you have an idle moment ... it is a magnificent work' David Tomlinson, New Scientist

`It is still my first reference point if I need to bone up on a species for professional or leisure interest. With the completion of the nine-volume work, it can only now function as it was intended: a truly complete reference guide.' Oran O'Sullivan, British Birds, vol. 88, no. 6, June 1995

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39 pp colour plates, maps and figures

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