Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe

9780007192991: Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe

Following on from its hugely successful launch in 1999, Collins Bird Guide -- the ultimate reference book for bird enthusiasts -- is now available in a lavish large format edition. With expanded text and even larger colour illustrations, this guide covers every species and every plumage you will see, with detailed information on identification, habitat and voice. A must for every birdwatcher. The book provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, covering size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and illustrations showing the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding: whatever is important). In addition, each group of birds includes an introduction which covers the major problems involved in identifying or observing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which main species. These and many other common birdwatching questions are answered. The combination of definitive text, up-to-date distribution maps and superb illustrations, all in a single volume, makes this book the ultimate field guide. It will become essential on every bookshelf and birdwatching trip.

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About the Author:

Lars Svensson is Europe's leading field ornithologist. Killian Mullarney is one of the world's finest bird illustrator's. Winner of numerous awards, this is the first guide that he has illustrated. Dan Zetterstrom is widely acclaimed for his bird illustrations.


* The richest, most comprehensive of the current guides. 'The Times' * This book will surely become our standard guide for many years to come. 'BBC Wildlife' * this book, read it in the bath, keep it in the car boot and use it. 'Bird Watching' * One of the most talked about and fervently anticipated bird books of the past decade has finally arrived ... The wait has been worth it. 'Birding World' * ... this book is a must for every birdwatcher. 'Country Life' *If you want to have only one guide to British and European birds, this is the one to get. 'British Wildlife' *As essential as binoculars for those who take birdwatching seriously 'New Scientist' *.. go on, buy it and enjoy it - it really is a very good book! 'RSPB Birds magazine'

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