"Nocturnal birds that were the subject of outlandish superstitions since classical times (it was believed they poisoned and blinded goats by sucking their milk), nightjars and the South American potoos, Australian frogmouths, Australian owlet- nightjars, and oilbirds which are their cousins, are still incompletely understood. Holyoak's magisterial compendium assesses the state of current research, providing bibliography, description, geographical variation, range and status, habitat, food and feeding, behavior, voice, field characters, breeding, conservation, and a list of references for every identified type. Each entry includes a distribution map and a b&w drawing of the bird. The b&w drawings and color plates are by bird illustrator Martin Woodcock."--SciTech Book News
From the Publisher
23 colour plates, numerous halftones, line drawings and maps
About the Author
David Holyoak continued research on Quaternary with NERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Reading, then with CEC funding at the University of Nottingham. He spent time as a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, and is now working as a self-employed Botanical Consultant. He has conducted ornithological research in the South Pacific (1972-1976) with Fellowship of Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, grants from Chapman Memorial Fund of American Museum of Natural History, International Council for Bird Preservation, and Smithsonian Institution. He has also carried out ornithological field studies during extended visits to North America, West Indies, Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia and Malaya.