The World of Birds

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Jonathan Elphick

The definitive guide to every aspect of bird life and a concise survey of the world’s orders and families of birds.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09237 5
Format:
Hardback
Price:
£40.00
Published:
August 2014
Size:
280 x 218 mm
Extent:
608 pp
Illustrations:
Over 1,000 colour photographs and diagrams
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

Presented in two parts, totalling over 600 pages, The World of Birds is the culmination of six years of writing and a lifetime of research and study by leading expert Jonathan Elphick. 

Part one begins by examining the evolution of birds since the age of the dinosaurs. It then explores in greater detail each of the significant elements of bird life including:

  • bird biology including anatomy, physiology, the brain and senses, plumage, calls and songs
  • flight techniques and styles
  • food and feeding
  • bird lifestyles and social relationships
  • breeding, growth and development
  • bird geography and habitats

The second part of the book provides a comprehensive survey of the world’s birds which includes an introduction to the 32 orders and a detailed account and concise fact panel for every one of the 195 families. 

A glossary, further reading list and two indexes ensure easy reference. 

There are over 1,000 colour photographs, diagrams and other illustrations throughout the book, including many specially commissioned images by award-winning wildlife photographer David Tipling

With its clear, lively text, informative fact boxes and sumptuous illustrations, The World of Birds is a book that belongs on the shelf of everyone interested in birds.

Available from our online shop in August 2014.

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About the author

Jonathan Elphick, BSc, FZS, FLS, is a highly regarded wildlife writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster,specialising in ornithology.

During a career spanning over 40 years, he has worked on many books, including spending 12 years as specialist researcher on Birds Britannica and Birds & People.

He has also written a variety of titles, such as the bestseller Birdsong, Birds: The Art of Ornithology and the award-winning Birdwatcher’s Handbook.

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