- Series: Antarctic Research Series (Book 24)
- Hardcover: 362 pages
- Publisher: American Geophysical Union; 1 edition (January 8, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875901247
- ISBN-13: 978-0875901244
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,509,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Next come the species accounts with a synopsis of each of the families and a page dedicated to each species covering identification, flight (where relevant) and habits, voice and display, food, reproduction, arrival, eggs, hatching, fledging and departure, molt, predation and mortality, ectoparasites, habitat and distribution. Each species is represented with a range map with a downward facing aspect of the whole continent with the tip of South America, New Zealand and Australia visible at the edge. There is a shaded area for oceanic range, black dots for breeding area and a star for accidental occurrence.
In the center of the book is 11 plates with good, though sometimes cramped, artwork showing many head or head and chest only shots with several habitat shots with the whole bird along with several other congeners for comparison. Many of the seabirds are shown in flight. Several of the albatrosses show the different molts.
The last 60 pages cover the geographical accounts describing the many landmasses and showing several tables of where the species breed along with a few maps of selected islands and landmasses.
Overall this is a good work to take along if you want some more scientific information with you in the southern reaches of the southern hemisphere. The text is a bit dry and leaning towards a more scientific nature and the plates are a bit small for use as a field guide but it's still a valuable resource for information on this region. That said Hadoram Shirihai's "The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife " has taken this a step further and is now the best book to take to this region.