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Handbook of the Birds of the World: Mousebirds to Hornbills [Hardcover]

Josep Del Hoyo , Andrew Elliott , Jordi Sargatal

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March 2001 848733430X 978-8487334306
This is the 6th of the multi-volume series designed to provide the first comprehensive account of all the species of birds in the world. This volume covers from Mousebirds to Hornbills. Each chapter, headed by a summary box, deals with a different family, and it is subdivided into sections: systematics; morphological aspects; habitat; general habits; voice; food and feeding; breeding; movements; relationship with man; status and conservation; a general bibliography and detailed species accounts. The species accounts include names in French, German and Spanish, in addition to scientific and English names. Each species features taxonomic notes; subspecies and distribution; habitat; food and feeding; breeding; movements; status and conservation and a selected bibliography.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Only for rich kids? July 25 2012
By Ashtar Command - Published on Amazon.com
This is the sixth volume in the spectacular, 16-volume super-encyclopedia "Handbook of the Birds of the World" (HBW for short). This volume covers Mousebirds, Trogons and the Coraciiformes, a diverse order including (among others) Rollers, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters and Hornbills.

Each family is introduced by a large chapter with the following sub-headings: Systematics, Morphological Aspects, Habitat, General Habits, Voice, Food and Feeding, Breeding, Movements, Relationship with Man, Status and Conservation. Species presentations follow. All species and many subspecies described in the text are illustrated on large, full-page color plates. There are also a lot of photos, all in color, in the introductory chapters.

The text is not sufficiently popularized, and the HBW is therefore primarily intended for large libraries or scientific institutions. The price is also forbidding. Each volume costs about 260 dollars, presumably excluding postage and packing. Take that times 16, and you have the approximate price for the entire series. It's 4,160 dollars. See my point?

However, if you have a very serious interest in, say, hornbills or bee-eaters, investing in this volume might nevertheless be a good idea. Apart from Amazon, all volumes are also available from Lynx Edicions through their website.

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