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x, 566 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
  • Foreword V Alphabetical quick reference to bird groups VI Acknowledgements IX Constructing the guide 1 Identifying birds 8 Birding in Australia 17 A guide for birders to the evolution and classification of Australian birds 23 Key to abbreviations and symbols 30 Species accounts 32 Checklist of species 532 Glossary 546 Index 549.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691173016 20170703
A new in-depth field guide to Australian birds The Australian avifauna is large, diverse, and spectacular, reflecting the continent's impressive habitats and evolutionary history. Looking at more than 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide on Australian birds available, and contains by far the best coverage of southern seabirds. With 249 color plates containing 4,000 stunning images, this book offers a far more in-depth treatment of subspecies, rarities, and overall plumage variation than comparative guides. The artwork meets the highest standards, and the text is rigorously accurate and current in terms of identification details, distribution, and status. The Australian Bird Guide sets a new bar for coverage of Australia's remarkable avifauna and is indispensable to all birders and naturalists interested in this area of the world, including the southern oceans. * Brand-new guide with an attractive look and design*249 color plates containing 4,000 superb images by some of the most talented illustrators working in Australia today* Every bird species in Australia is covered (more than 900), including subspecies and rarities* Up-to-date maps reflect the latest information on distribution* Accurate and detailed text.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691173016 20170703
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1 sheet ; 21 x 56 cm, folded to 21 x 11 cm
Our backyards are home to bird species that have adapted to thrive in close contact with human beings. This guide profiles common urban birds in western North America and was developed in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, one of the world's leading institutions on bird life and behavior.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781620052433 20171009
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xi, 211 pages : maps, color illustrations ; 22 cm
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xiv, 474 pages ; 22 cm
"A site guide and field guide to the birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Site guide includes maps, directions, photos, and birds likely to be found. Field guide includes illustrations and describes plumage, similar species, vocalizations, status, and range"-- Provided by publisher.
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443 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 19 cm
  • Introduction 6 Species descriptions 12 Swans 12 Geese 14 Shelducks 21 Dabbling ducks 22 Whistling ducks 28 Diving ducks 28 Sea ducks 34 Stifftails 41 Vagrant and exotic ducks 42 Gamebirds 45 Divers (Loons) 55 Grebes 58 Shearwaters and petrels 61 Storm-petrels 66 Rare petrels and albatrosses 67 Frigatebirds 75 Tropicbirds 76 Gannets and boobies 77 Pelicans 80 Cormorants 81 Herons, bitterns and egrets 83 Storks 93 Spoonbills and ibises 94 Spoonbills and storks 96 Flamingos 97 Honey-buzzards 99 Buzzards 101 Snake eagles 105 Kites 106 Vultures 108 Harriers 113 Eagles 117 Osprey and Black-shouldered Kite 126 Accipiters 127 Falcons 129 Rails, crakes and gallinules 137 Cranes 143 Bustards 145 Oystercatcher and Turnstone 148 Stilts and avocets 149 Stone-curlews and coursers 150 Pratincoles 151 Plovers and lapwings 153 Sandpipers 162 Woodcocks and snipes 173 Dowitchers and Upland Sandpiper 176 Godwits 177 Curlews 178 Larger sandpipers 180 Phalaropes 185 Skuas (Jaegers) 187 Gulls 190 Terns 211 Auks 222 Sandgrouse 227 Pigeons and doves 229 Parakeets 234 Cuckoos 235 Owls 238 Nightjars 246 Swifts 248 Contents Kingfishers 251 Rollers 253 Bee-eaters 254 Hoopoe 255 Woodpeckers 256 Larks 262 Swallows and martins 269 Pipits 274 Wagtails 279 Accentors 284 Wren and Dipper 286 Robins and chats 287 Redstarts 291 Stonechats 295 Wheatears 298 Rock thrushes 303 Thrushes 304 Bush warblers and cisticolas 311 Grasshopper warblers 312 Reed warblers 315 Tree warblers 320 Sylvia warblers 324 Leaf warblers 333 Crests 341 Old World flycatchers 343 Tyrant flycatchers 348 Penduline tit and leiothrix 350 Reedling and parrotbill 351 Long-tailed tit 352 Tits 353 Nuthatches 358 Treecreepers 360 Wallcreeper and Golden Oriole 361 Shrikes 362 Crows and jays 370 Starlings 377 Waxwings 379 Bulbuls and mynas 381 Sparrows 382 Introduced exotic finches 386 Finches 389 Buntings 404 Vagrant Nearctic passerines 417 New World warblers 433 Index 434 Photographic credits 444.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691172439 20170515
The first comprehensive field guide to every bird species in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East Birds of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East is the first comprehensive pocket-sized photographic field guide to every bird species in Europe--this includes winter visitors and common migrants but also all rarities to the region, even if they have been recorded only once. The guide also covers hypothetical species--those that have a good chance of being recorded due to such factors as range expansion and changing weather patterns. The book's 2,200 stunning color photographs mean that every species is pictured, making field identification quick and easy. Succinct text covers key identification features, voice, habitat, and distribution, and distribution maps are provided for regular breeding species. Particular attention and details are given to help differentiate similar-looking species. Lavishly illustrated, up-to-date, and wide-ranging, Birds of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East is an essential field guide for every naturalist and birder. * First comprehensive field guide to all species recorded in Europe: resident, winter visitor, common migrant, and rarity*860 species covered using 2,200 photographs* Includes every species from North Africa and the Middle East to have occurred in Europe.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691172439 20170515
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432 pages ; 20 cm.
This comprehensive new field guide is an excellent addition to the world-renowned series - the ultimate reference book for travelling birdwatchers. Every species of bird you might encounter in the region is featured, apart from non-established introductions. This includes coverage of China (south of the line used to define the Palearctic), Hainan (treated separately from SE China), Taiwan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and the Coco Islands. As many of the major subspecies as possible are also included. Beautiful artwork depicts their breeding plumage, and non-breeding plumage when it differs significantly. The accompanying text concentrates on the specific characteristics and appearance of each species that allow identification in the field, including voice and distribution maps.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780007429547 20170925
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7. Birds of Venezuela [2017]

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592 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm.
Covering the sixth largest avifauna in the world, this important new guide is essential for anyone exploring the diverse habitats of this beautiful South American country as well as Guyana, northern Brazil and west Suriname. Birds of Venezuela - complete with authoritative text and superb colour plates - will ensure that this top birding destination is made accessible to all. This field guide has 248 colour plates illustrating more than 1,400 species, covering racial, sexual and seasonal plumage variations. Accompanying text is placed on facing pages for easy reference providing key information, voice and status of all species and subspecies found in the region, including Venezuela's 45 endemic species. Detailed colour distribution maps are provided for every species.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781408105351 20170327
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x, 155 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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9. Farming and birds [2017]

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xi, 628 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
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xiv, 195 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • The resurrection of the Lord God Bird
  • The death list
  • The hermit and the hawk
  • The continuing saga of the resurrection of the Lord God Bird
  • The life list
  • The professor and the pigeon
  • The stunning conclusion of the continuing saga of the resurrection of the Lord God Bird
  • The Christmas count
  • The ghost of the goshawk.
After stumbling upon a book of photographs depicting extinct animals, B.J. Hollars became fascinated by the creatures that are no longer with us; specifically, extinct North American birds. How, he wondered, could we preserve so beautifully on film what we've failed to preserve in life? And so begins his yearlong journey to find out, one that leads him from bogs to art museums, from archives to Christmas Counts, until he at last comes as close to extinct birds as he ever will during a behind-the-scenes visit at the Chicago Field Museum. Heartbroken by the birds we've lost, Hollars takes refuge in those that remain. Armed with binoculars, a field guide, and knowledgeable friends, he begins his transition from budding birder to environmentally conscious citizen, a first step on a longer journey toward understanding the true tragedy of a bird's song silenced forever. Told with charm and wit, Flock Together is a remarkable memoir that shows how "knowing" the natural world-even just a small part-illuminates what it means to be a global citizen and how only by embracing our ecological responsibilities do we ever become fully human. A moving elegy to birds we've lost, Hollars's exploration of what we can learn from extinct species will resonate in the minds of readers long beyond the final page.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780803296428 20170213
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448 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm.
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171 pages ; 16 cm
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591 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm
Presents a guidebook which provides identification tips, information on behavior and nesting, locator and range maps, and plumage and species classification data on over one thousand species of birds found in North America.
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xiii, 193 pages ; 24 cm
  • Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Characterizing the Niche 2.1 A Problem of Incompatible Dimensions 2.2 Handling the Dimensionality Problem 2.3 Trophic EquivalenceChapter 3: Hole in Niche Space 3.1 The Mathematical Structure of Holes 3.2 Homology of Real Food Webs 3.3 Robustness: Do Holes Appear Across Variable Thresholds?Chapter 4: Intervality: Tip of an Iceberg 4.1 Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Intervality 4.2 Rigid Circuits: A Robust Property of Real Communities 4.3 Holes, Rigidity, and Intervality 4.4 Assembly Rules Implied by the Rigid Circuit Property in GR(C-- lambda) 4.5 Assembly and Holes in KC (R-- lambda-1) 4.6 Assembly and IntervalityChapter 5: Hierarchical Organization in the Niche 5.1 Structural Hierarchy 5.2 Hierarchy in Real Communities 5.3 Functional hierarchyChapter 6: Dynamic Linkages and Topological Patterns 6.1 Triangulation and Stability: A Simple Example 6.2 Triangulation and Stability: Dynamic Selection 6.3 Hierarchy and StabilityChapter 7: Hierarchies of Abundance 7.1 The Niche Hierarchy Model 7.2 Supporting Evidence for Niche Hierarchy 7.3 Related Results.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781604271287 20171002
This book is the 1982 Thesis of Dr. George Sugihara and represents an early attempt to produce a unifying theoretical synthesis to tie together four disparate areas of ecology: 1) the topological structure of food webs, 2) ecosystem dynamics, 3) ecosystem/food web assembly, and 4) universal patterns of species abundance. The work is based on the premise that deep general principles are likely to be associated with general widely observed empirical regularities, and is organized around uncovering and explaining such patterns for each of the four research areas, and then showing how they are interrelated. The work has historic interest as a pioneering attempt at unification, and remains ambitious and current in its findings and overall scope. This is the first rigorous application of algebraic topology and one of the earliest applications of graph theory to ecology. Professionals interested in food web dynamics and their relation to niche function, structure and hierarchy, in natural systems, will find this a valuable resource. Key Features* Contains one of the earliest food web data atlases.* Shows the development of several novel data-transformation models (transformations of empirical food web matrices) based on graph theory and algebraic topology* Includes Sugihara's "Resource Graph", the "Consumer Overlap Graph" and the "Simplicial Complex" model of the niche.* Finds that the simplicial complexes of real niche spaces do not have holes but are densely packed.* Finds that chordality (triangulation) is a ubiquitous topological feature of food webs that can explain food web intervality (1-dimensional niche structure) and food web assembly.* Demonstrates the first, and only, empirical ecological assembly rule mathematically deduced from data. The basic idea of conservative assembly with an underlying ordering of resources became the basis of current methods for generating model foodwebs.* Shows the relationship between chordality, lack of holes, and conservative food web assembly, and how these more fundamental properties explain the prevalence of intervality.* Relates the observed topological regularities and the assembly rule to higher dynamic stability in model ecosystems.* Shows how the specific topological features uncovered in food webs resonate with the niche hierarchy model of species abundance - a model with no free parameters that reproduces two universal empirical regularities in ecological species-relative-abundance data (the ubiquitous canonical lognormal species abundance distribution and the species area constant z=1/4) .
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781604271287 20171002
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792 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 22 cm
  • Introduction 4 Descriptive Text 14 Vagrants And Doubtful Species 712 Acknowledgements 724 Bibliography 727 Descriptive Parts Of A Bird 732 A Glossary Of Ornithological Terms 733 Checklist: Birds Of The Indian Subcontinent 736 Index 773 Maps 789.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691176499 20170605
This is the only comprehensive photographic field guide to the birds of the entire Indian subcontinent. Every distinct species and subspecies--some 1,375 in all--is covered with photographs, text, and maps. The guide features more than 4,000 stunning photographs, many never before published, which have been carefully selected to illustrate key identification features of each species. The up-to-date facing-page text includes concise descriptions of plumage, voice, range, habitat, and recent taxonomic changes. Each species has a detailed map reflecting the latest distribution information and containing notes on status and population density. The guide also features an introduction that provides an overview of birdlife and a brief history of ornithology in India and its neighbors. The result is an encyclopedic photographic guide that is essential for everyone birding anywhere in the subcontinent. * Covers all 1,375 subcontinental bird species* Features more than 4,000 stunning photographs to aid quick field identification* Includes up-to-date facing-page text and range maps* Contains concise descriptions of plumage, voice, habitat, and much more.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691176499 20170605
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xvi, 296 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Birds are renowned for their exceptional vision and the way that this enables them to survive and navigate the world in such a unique way. However, it is now recognised that avian behaviour is guided by information drawn from many different senses which are then used in integrated and complementary ways to answer the many different sensory challenges posed by specific environments and particular tasks. Understanding how sensory information is used by birds has important applications in conservation, such as providing vital insights into why birds are prone to collisions with structures like power lines and wind turbines, and why so many diving birds become entrapped in nets. A sensory ecology approach suggests how these problems can be mitigated. The Sensory Ecology of Birds ranges widely across species, environments, and behaviours to present a synthesis that challenges previous assumptions about the information that controls the behaviour of birds. A bird may use a wide range and combination of sensory information that comes from sight, hearing, smell, mechanoreception, taste, and magnetoreception. It may also include specific refinements of senses, such as echolocation and remote touch from the bill. The book recognises that there are many complex and subtle trade-offs and complementarities of information between different types of sensory information. This accessible text will be of interest to a wide ornithological readership, from undergraduates to researchers as well as a broader audience of behavioural ecologists and evolutionary biologists.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199694549 20170502
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256 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Awakenings
  • Take your partners
  • The breeding circle
  • Competitive exclusion
  • Death and declines
  • Repose
  • Secrets and robins
  • On the move
  • Finding the way
  • Recreating the Pastoral symphony
  • A thousand cuts.
The dawn chorus: a single voice cutting through the darkness heralds a breaking wave of sound at the very beginning of the day. It is an iconic natural phenomenon with many familiar performers, yet it is a mysterious event for which there is no complete explanation. A mass of starlings gathers at the end of the midwinter day. As the sun sets, wave upon wave of bodies rolls in and embarks upon another of nature's great attempts to show off. The murmuration is another much-admired spectacle, but again its purpose is obscure and defies our understanding. From dawn until dusk, birds do things that are surprising and mystifying. Songs of Love and War delves into bird behaviour and uncovers its purpose and meaning. More than just an inside look at bird behaviour, this book also represents a personal journey of discovery. What starts as a desire to learn more about the birds encountered on a regular father-and-son walk through the woods leads to a realisation that a bird's life is very far from the idyllic scene that can often be glimpsed by the casual birdwatcher. Actually a bird's life is often unusual and surprising, but above all it is brief and much darker than you might think.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472909916 20171017
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xvii, 289 pages ; 25 cm
  • Red Kites and wind farms - telemetry data from the core breeding range.- Unforeseen responses of a breeding seabird to the construction of an offshore wind farm.- A large-scale, multispecies assessment of avian mortality rates at land-based wind turbines in northern Germany.- A method to assess the population-level consequences of wind energy on bird and bat species.- Bat activity at nacelle height over forest.- Bird mortality in two Dutch wind farms: effects of location, spatial design and interactions with powerlines.- Radar assisted shutdown on demand ensures zero soaring bird mortality at a wind farm located in a migratory flyway.- Mitigating bat mortality with turbine-specific curtailment algorithms: a model based approach.- Is there a State-of-the-Art to Reduce Pile-Driving Noise?.- The Challenges of Repowering in the Context of Wildlife Impacts.- Wind farms in areas of high ornithological value - conflicts, solutions, challenges: the case of Thrace, Greece.- Introducing a New Avian Sensitivity Mapping Tool to Support the Siting of Wind Farms in the Middle East and Northeast Africa.- A framework for assessing ecological and cumulative effects (FAECE) of offshore wind farms on birds, bats and marine mammals in the southern North Sea.- Wind turbines and birds in Germany - examples of current knowledge, new insights and remaining gaps.- Future research directions to reconcile wind-wildlife interactions.- Sharing Information on Environmental Effects of Wind Energy Development: WREN Hub.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319512709 20170717
This book presents a selection of new insights in understanding and mitigating impacts on wildlife and their habitats. Topics such as, species behaviour and responses; collision risk and fatality estimation; landscape features and gradients, are considered. Other chapters in the book cover the results of current research on mitigation; compensation; effectiveness of measures; monitoring and long-term effects; planning and siting. Examples are given of current research on shutdown on demand and curtailment algorithms. By identifying what we have learned so far, and which predominate uncertainties and gaps remain for future research, this book contributes to the most up to date knowledge on research and management options. This book includes presentations from the Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife impacts (CWW15), March 2015, hosted by the Berlin Institute of Technology, which offered a platform to national and international participants to showcase the current state of knowledge in wind energy's wildlife implications.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319512709 20170717
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xviii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Part I. What birds tell us about the natural world
  • Birds: the dinosaurs that made it
  • Hummingbirds: the magic of flight
  • Canaries and black-backed woodpeckers: birds as flying sentinels
  • A murmuring of birds: the extraordinary design of the flock
  • Part II. The gifts of birds
  • The power of a feather
  • From egg to table part one: the chicken
  • From egg to table part two: wild birds
  • The miracle of guano
  • Nature's cleanup crew
  • Part III. Discovering ourselves through birds
  • Bird brain, human brain
  • The surprisingly astute minds of ravens and crows
  • The secret language of birds
  • The bee-eaters: a modern family
  • Extreme physiologies: birds, the ultimate athletes
  • Part IV. Birds and the hope for a better future
  • Nature's hired men: putting birds to work
  • The city bird: from sidewalk to sky
  • The transformational power of birds
  • Birds as social workers
  • Expanding our senses
  • Epilogue: The future of birds.
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