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Ornithology Third Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0716749837
ISBN-10: 0716749831
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FRANK B. GILL, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; Third Edition edition (October 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716749831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716749837
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Larry on June 5, 2007
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Wow! I was knocked out when I received this book. I was afraid it would be far too technichal, and geared exclusively for biologists and zoologists. It is actually written for undergraduate level students interested in bird behavior and physiology. I highly recommend this book, but beware! This is not some light reading! It's a very serious text, but very readable and well illustrated. Love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gaia_theoress on November 17, 2012
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I bought this book for an Ornithology class that I took in college. It was so informative! Well written and easy to understand. It offers scientific viewpoints where other texts may not be so unbiased on certain subjects involved (ie: where they evolved from). I would highly recommend this book for any interested in learning more about birds than a simple birding book can offer. I sold mine back and deeply regret it, looks like I'll have to pay the full price to buy again; which I will because it's definitely worth it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Gill on December 21, 2007
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Wow! How our knowledge of birds has increased over the past decade since the last edition! Written with charm and warmth, flows well with loads of details; this book is a must for the shelf of every bird enthusiast whether professional or kitchen feeder watcher. Only complaint: I wish this Edition III had the engaging taxonomy section (at end) of the older editions, updated with all the new revisions in bird relationships hinted at in the previous editions. My copy doesn't have the promised CD of that section. The cover is stunning - out of the gloom of night comes a Barn Owl to pounce the author! - worth the price only. Some color photos of spectacular birds and their actions inside would brighten the inside.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M K F on September 20, 2007
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It is more "scientific" that Cornel Lab's "Handbook of bird biology". Chapters 16 through 21 are the most iteresting for ecologists and evolutionary biologists. Is is usefull for teaching on higher education level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A. on July 11, 2011
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This book is written in a very understandable way with relevant and interesting information. It is a tad pricey, especially considering that the pictures are all black and white, but it's well worth it. Definitely worth the buy for beginners and those that want more in depth knowledge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Birder1997 on February 25, 2014
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I wanted a textbook regarding all facets of birds, their anatomy and behavior, and got it. I would recommend this to the nature enthusiast who wants to go beyond the bird ID guides and into the more technical aspects of birds.
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This book was recommended to me by an ornithologist at a bird ID class I took. I like the book, it's not overly scientific. In a weird way, for a college-level course, it actually seems a bit simple. Plenty of good information and I do recommend it because there's not a lot out there that's more current. The most recent edition, the 3rd, was published in 2006 and that's what I bought because there are no plans to update this book.

At almost 10 years old, however, it may be considered a classic. In the past decade with the uptick of citizen science and the global reach of the digital age, I think many people might want more up to date information. Cornell Lab of Ornithology Handbook of Bird Biology, last published in 2004, is getting an update. They'll be releasing a new edition in mid 2016. I'm planning to purchase that.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By herumlauferin on January 18, 2011
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The text is informative (or course!) and quite readable (bonus points!). There is definitely plenty to be learned from this text.

For the price paid, I expected to see some color images. Color is actually important to birds, and to people as well! Some of the illustrations aren't even that related to the content of the text. I wonder if maybe the authors are using illustrations from a previous edition without really proofing whether they're relevant. There are other places where physical characteristics of a bird are described in detail, but no image is provided.
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