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Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide Hardcover – Jul 26 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (July 26 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770851364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770851368
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[An] important book. Recommended for most libraries -- good value and quality for the price. (Linda Scarth Booklist 2012-10-15)

A native of Finland, the author is the world's best-known owl expert, having visited the birds in 128 countries over the past 40 years. Here he describes all of the world's 249 species of owls in copious detail with tips on identification, habitat, calls, and status and distribution. The text is enhanced by 750 color photographs from leading wildlife photographers. A spectacular book. (Brian E. Coutts and Cheryl LaGuardia Library Journal, Best Reference of 2012 2013-03-28)

Descriptions include detailed range maps, tips for identification and related species, and a brief overview of the ecology of each species. The highlights of Owls of the World are the stunning photographs used to illustrate each species as well as the introductory section. The book will be a valued addition as a reference for bird enthusiasts and libraries. (John McCarty, University of Nebraska Science Books and Film 2013-05-01)

A masterfully comprehensive reference... No birder with an interest in owls should be without this volume in their birding library. (Melissa Mayntz About.com 2012-12-01)

A must-have for serious birders... but it will repay the attention of anyone who wonders what makes owls tick. (Globe and Mail, Christmas 2012 Gift Book List 2012-12-08)

Birders will find the collection of photographs, especially of the rare species, very useful! (Ian Paulsen GrrlScientist, The Guardian 2012-08-19)

Stunning in detail and scope... an excellent resource. (Paul Nicholson London Free Press 2012-12-01)

The incredible variety of owls is beautifully portrayed in this fascinating collection. (Debbie Caldwell North Shore News 2012-10-17)

Expect to be riveted ... the pictures and maps make this a book that will be admired over and over. (Harriet Zaidman Winnipeg Free Press 2012-12-01)

One of the most comprehensive and beautifully photographed guides about owls I have ever seen.... Heimo Mikkola has obviously done extensive research to put together such a complete reference work of birds belonging to the order Strigiformes.... Don't be put off by its size. I believe this book can be of interest to both hardcore owl enthusiasts and to those who just want to look at beautiful pictures. More than enough information is included to satisfy a person's deep curiosity. And it works equally well for the person who wants to randomly dip into its pages, enjoying a more serendipitous journey through the world of snowy, screech, spotted, pygmy and horned owls. So, two hoots up for this excellent book! (Jan Johnston Clark County Columbian 2012-12-30)

Since most of us cannot get close enough to gaze into their eyes, Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide does that for us. One page after another shows owls close-up and personal, as if you are there with them. This is one of the most memorable bird books out there, covering almost 250 species of owls in the world. It is for adults and children who appreciate the wonders of nature. There are over 750 photos in the book, allowing you to lose yourself for hours, just staring at the owls. Author Heimo Mikkola is said to be the world's foremost authority on owls, and it definitely shows here.... This is one book you should truly give a hoot about! (Shelf Life)

About the Author

Heimo Mikkola is the world's best-known owl expert. Originally from Finland, Mikkola has traveled to 128 countries in the course of his 40-year research career in search of nocturnal birds. His previous books include Owls of Europe.

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if you are to buy one book on owls, this is the one you need. magnificently illustrated, species by species accounts preceded by a comprehensive introduction to owls, everything you need between two covers. good maps, clearly organised, this is not strictly speaking an ID guide, it is more than that whit info on diet, habitat and son on. buy.

Excellent ouvrage sur les hiboux du monde. Bonne introduction générale suivie d'ue étude espèce par espèce avec carte géo, description, diette, habitat, etc. trop volumineux pour faire office de guide identification sur le terrain, c'est plutôt un ouvrage a consulter a la maison. Les illustrations sont magnifiques. achetez.
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HASH(0xa2097c30) out of 5 stars Best Owl Book Ever! Oct. 6 2012
By Terry & Sherry Surrency - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most indepth book on the owls of the world I have ever found. It is packed full of beautiful photos of owls from all over the globe. I had no idea that there were so many! Wonderful book!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d86fd8) out of 5 stars Visual treat Feb. 1 2013
By B.Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Calling all owl lovers..,, This book is a must for your library. Even though I personally own quite a few owl books, I had to get this one, as the photos alone are simply stunning! Well worth the price. I was curious about say, owls of Chile, also, what do owls of Japan look like? I wondered if there were owls in the Middle East. This book is amazing, and answered my question quickly, and in rich detail. Hoo needs this book? You.... That's HOO! Enjoy!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3bb7c60) out of 5 stars An amazing array of owl photography and knowledge June 1 2013
By Mike "Madbirder" Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Given that Finland has an abundance of great owls it's no surprise that a Finn has brought out one of the best books on this family. The staggering number of quality photos of what might be one of the most difficult families to photograph given their nocturnal habits is quite astounding.

The latest taxonomy is applied here to the 249 species described in this book. The introduction is filled with information about owls in general with sections on characteristics, plumage, breeding habits, evolution and taxonomy, owls and humans, conservation and a how to use the book section.

Each of the 249 species of owls are shown with multiple photographs, 750 in all, of different plumages and young where they were available. The information on each species covers identification, call, food and hunting, habitat, status and distribution, geographic variation and similar species. Range maps cover the species range with resident, summer and winter ranges.

Heimo Mikkola has done a wonderful job collecting all the data and photographs, itself a monumental achievement, and portrayed it in an easy to follow and well-presented book. There are some stunning photographs of many rare and endangered and range restricted species that bring the world of the owl into the reader's hands. This is a quintessential reference guide to this amazing family of birds and a great book for any ornithological enthusiast.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1dc287c) out of 5 stars Wonderful owl book Dec 5 2012
By Anne - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is really wonderful, it exceeds my expectations although I thought it must be exactly what I was looking for. There are incredibly many photographs of all sorts of owls that I haven't ever heard of, and the information given is very detailed. I can recommend it to everybody who likes owls and already knows the "basic" sorts. All in all, a fantastic book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1dc2ba0) out of 5 stars Encyclopedia March 3 2013
By J. Oswald - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very complete encyclopedia of owls. There are photos on virtually every page, with many pages having 2,3 or 4 photos. Information is very complete with the first 80 pages general owl information and the rest of the book listing each different species (420 pages). It weighs 3 1/2 lbs and is approximately 9 1/2 inches by 7 inches. This book is facts and more facts, seems to cover everything.