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The World of Birds

Chris Merkord
  • Jonathan Elphick CSIRO Publishing 2014 http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/7353.htm

    Colour photographs, Maps, Illustrations

    612 pages, 280 x 216 mm

    English 09/01/2014 0565092375 9780565092375 No value No value

Explore the wonders of the avian world with this ultimate reference book. The World of Birds is a comprehensive guide to every aspect of bird life and a concise survey of the world’s orders and families. Highly respected ornithologist and wildlife expert, Jonathan Elphick, begins by defining the distinguishing features of birds before going on to describe their evolution since the age of the dinosaurs.


With the aid of fact boxes and clear photographs, he then explores in greater detail each of the significant elements of bird life: bird biology including anatomy, walking and swimming, plumage, calls and songs; flight techniques and styles; food and feeding; bird lifestyles and social relationships; breeding, growth and development; bird geography and habitats; and the mysteries of migration. He also considers human attitudes towards birds through the ages.


This beautiful volume has been published in a limited print-run partnership with the Natural History Museum, London and CSIRO Publishing. It will be a timeless reference and perfect gift for bird watchers.

  • Written by highly regarded ornithologist and natural history expert
  • Definitive guide to every aspect of bird life
  • Sumptuously illustrated throughout with photographs, maps and diagrams

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