- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic (April 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426204035
- ISBN-13: 978-1426204036
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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National Geographic Complete Birds of the World Hardcover – April 21, 2009
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About the Author
Jonathan Alderfer is chief consultant for the National Geographic Birding Program and host of our birding blog. Author, editor, and field guide illustrator, he is one of America’s foremost birding artists and an expert ornithologist.
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This book is a guide to all of the bird families of the world. Each family is listed and and a general overview of the birds in that family is given Some families are given two pages (for example Rheas with just two species in two genera) and others as many as four (Tyrant-flycatchers with 400 species in 98 genera). Each family account includes a general description of the family, followed by descriptions of structure, plumage, behavior, voice, habitat, movements, diet, breeding and taxonomy. a range map is given showing world distribution. Again the descriptions are very broad and general, especially in the larger families. The photos and illustrations are very beautiful and with more than 900 of them, make this a very colourful book.
This book is a nice reference to the bird families of the world for someone with a general interest, but for birders with a very keen interest, I don't feel this book is for you.