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Raptors of the World (ID Guide) Hardcover – October 15, 2001

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Prepared with the same grace that raptors possess, this is an impressive opus. As the first major entry in the publisher's "Helm Identification" series in many years, it is of course intended for identification. But even Ferguson-Lees, deputy director of the Royal Society for Bird Preservation, and Christie, assistant editor of British Birds, realize that given its heft this volume may be used more as a reference than as a field guide. To narrow identification choices, birders can carry a smaller guide suited to their current locale, such as David Allen Sibley's recent The Sibley Guide to Birds (LJ 11/1/00), and then consult this work later for further help. All 313 species of diurnal raptors (excluded are the nocturnal owls) are illustrated in color and black and white, perched and in flight. As with any field guide, information is provided for identification, including brief descriptive text next to the color plate, illustrations of juvenile and adult plumage, and a range map. Reference text about each species describes distribution (with a larger map), movements, habitat, field characters, perched and flight characteristics, confusion species, voice, food, sociosexual behavior, breeding, population, variations, size measurements, and references. An index and a colossal 50-page bibliography conclude the work. The plate color is good, and the images are clear. A required purchase for every ornithology collection, academic or public, this book is highly recommended.DNancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"A major addition to the raptor literature." - International Hawkwatcher

"Raptors is one of the most important bird books in recent decades. . . (it) is now the seminal work on the world's hawks." Bird Watcher's Digest

"An excellent reference for researchers and enthusiasts." - Northeastern Naturalist
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Product Details

  • Series: ID Guide
  • Hardcover: 872 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618127623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618127627
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.2 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This fantastic book covers all the raptors of the world. The book is extraordinary good in the descriptions of the birds of prey, and the plates are fantastic. The book includes illustrations of adults, juvenile, male and female birds, and all the illustrations are great.
Furthermore there is introdoctionary chapters on identification of raptors, on their migration, breeding patterns etc.
It's great finally to have a single book covering all the raptors of the world, especially when the book is as great as this one. Everybody who have an interest in raptors simply needs to own it.
The only problem as far as I can see is, that it's impossible to take the book with you into the field, so I guess you still need your normal fieldguide.
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Probably this has become the standar work on world's raptor and it'll be for some time yet. But that's not because of its perfectness but on account on the impressive information given - I guess all worthwhile bibliography has been taken. Plates - arguably the most important section in a birdguide- are another issue. The style differences between the three artists are extremely sharp and work against the book itself ; Mr. Franklin is by far the best and modern-style illustrator, and the book could gained much waiting another couple of years for this guy to make all the plates. For better known raptor groups (that is, Northamerican, African, and Eurasian ones) the plates seem proficient, but for me, a Southern Southamerican birder, "Raptors..." with its preposterous Cathartidae and Caracaras, means nil improvement upon 1994's "Handbook of the Birds of the Wolrd" or even 1990's "Birds of the High Andes". The day a worldwide raptor (or whichever bird group) guide depicts less known/faraway birds as good as better known ones, we'll be able to talk about a "definitive work".
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One of the best and authorative book ever since publish on the Raptors of the world. Covering 313 species of the raptors across the world. It has vast bibilography and information on each species like habitat, ecology, behaviour etc. The book contains a wealth of detailed information on identification and distribution, with a full description of each species, including reference to all recognized races.Habitat and range for all species, together with information on movements and breeding behavior, are also covered. The depictions differentiate adults, immatures, and most of the distinctive races.The detailed and accurate text and spectacular color illustrations will make this book indispensable to all ornithologists and birders. This will be, undoubtedly, the standard work on thrushes for many years to come.

* Comprehensive identification guide to all 313 species of raptors throughout the world

* Detailed text covering identification, description, geographical variation, voice, status and distribution, movements, habitat, behavior, and measurements

* Each of the 313 species is described thoroughly and accurately, and every plumage and variation is shown in more than two thousand color illustrations plus hundreds of black-and-white drawings. Both large-scale and small-scale range maps show in detail where each species has been found.

ONE OF THE MUST HAVE EDITION FOR SERIOUS BIRDERS ACROSS THE WORLD FOR SUCH A DIFFICULT GROUP OF BIRDS.
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Definitely the standard work about raptors. First class information -all entries are based upon the most recent serious investigations, and by that I mean published in respected journals- There are more bibliography pages than index pages (and for such a comprehensive encyclopedic work that is something). Latest figures regarding geographic distribution and very accurate population assessments. Very good illustrations (some a little small though, but well accomplished overall). Definitely a must have for birders and nature lovers.
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While only specialty collections will be able to justify the expense of this lovely reference, those with strong studies in science and nature will want to include Raptors Of The World in reference or university collections: it covers the raptors of the world, with each species receiving small color illustration by adult, juvenile and selected immature plumage. Almost 1,000 pages of detail on habits, habitats and raptor classification pack an intriguing guide.
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My husband and I frequently make trips all over the US to see raptors in their natural habitat. We became very involved with the raptors to the point where I am locally a docent working with hawks, owls and falcons. I bought this book for my husband for his birthday and it opened up a whole new world, literally, or raptors.

Even if you don't get to travel extensively , it is interesting to see the cousins of the local raptors and how they survive in different locales. The pictures are excellent, and include very precise descriptions. There is also a section on raptor "biology", migration routes, and a list of species and subspecies.

It is the perfect book for those who do travel the world and love raptors, but even if you never leave your easy chair, it is still a book that you will enjoy and use!
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