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A 300-page encyclopedic guide to the birds of the world -- from flamingos to owls to penguins. With hundreds of color photographs and precise illustrations, along with explanatory annotations, Birds examines all aspects of avian life evolutionary beginnings, biology, behavior. This comprehensive reference provides up-to-date information on the conservation status of various species at risk. It also describes how birds have adapted, and how they continue to cope with such inhospitable habitats as tropical rainforests, arid deserts and the frigid Antarctic continent. Readers will find detailed information about the remarkable phenomenon of avian migration across continents and oceans, which covers the mechanics of flight and the structure of feathers. The historical role of birds in literature and the arts is also included. "FactFiles," found throughout this book, provide quick access to essential facts on each bird species. Birders will welcome this profusely and beautifully illustrated book -- with its expert information -- as an ideal reference and resource guide.
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Joanna Burger is a professor of biology at Rutgers University who teaches courses on animal behavior, ecology and ecological risk. The author of several books, she is an international birder involved in environmental research.

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The book will open eyes to the glamorous, yet endangered, world of birds. A careful mix of the popular and scientific, greatly aided by more than 650 colour photographs and illustrations. Explores the extraordinary diversity of birds... rich, full-color photos. Beautiful enough to be a coffee-table book, this one has enough science to educate and enlighten most every reader. -- Jame W. Waddick "Science Books and Films" (07/01/2007) Best Books for Children, 2007, Zoological Sciences A very attractive volume. The text is accurate, readable and accessible to laypeople... hundreds of color photographs.--Jonathan F. Husband"American Reference Books Annual" (01/01/2007) An eye-catching encyclopedic reference... General-interest lending [libraries] seeking suitable display books with eye-catching covers and presentations will want this.--James A. Cox"California Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review" (07/01/2007) This is not just a pretty coffee table book, it's one you and your children can use and enjoy.--Greg Langley"The Advocate" (11/19/2006) Informative and visually appealing ... a wonderful book for anyone [and] an excellent book for the beginner birder.--Christy Honnen"Bloomsbury Review" (11/30/2006) Lovely to look at... weaving among the 650 color photos and illustrations [is] all manner of interesting tidbits.--Richard Helm"Edmonton Journal" (12/24/2006) Packed with stunningly lovely photographs of birds, its more than just a book of eye candy... thoughtful and informative.--Jodi Delong"Halifax Chronicle Herald" (10/29/2006) The subtitle is important here: This is a highly visual book with hundreds of high-quality color photos. In glorious, intriguing full-color photos and drawings, birds are shown in various aspects of their biology, behavior, variety, and impact on human life. The variety, number and quality of these pictures may lead you astray from the excellent, solid science found in the text. And the combination of beauty and fact is what makes the book especially worthwhile. Best Books for Children, 2007, Zoological Sciences Enlightening, lovely-to-look-at reference and resource... You'll also find up-to-the-date information on the conservation status of species at risk and learn lots of interesting tidbits. Explores the extraordinary diversity of birds... rich, full-color photos... in-depth information about specific birds detailing several species in each category. The book will open eyes to the glamorous, yet endangered, world of birds. [Globe and Mail 2006 Holiday Gift Book selection] A careful mix of the popular and scientific, greatly aided by more than 650 colour photographs and illustrations, Birds deal with the usual stuff ... but is also full of odd information. Besides more than half of the page space being taken up by photos, Birds is not just a coffee table picture book, but a comprehensive reference complete with annotated anatomical illustrations, maps, and microscopic photos of feathers and bone.... Students carrying out research with find this book to be both useful and easy to navigate. The detailed information and breathtaking photographs will fascinate seasoned bird lovers and budding ornithologists the world over. Packed with more than 500 striking color photographs and illustrations, this encyclopedic guide leaves no stone unturned in examining avian life.--Kim Castelberry"Outdoor Photographer" (12/01/2006) Hundreds of color photos, illustrations, and diagrams pack Birds: A Visual Guide, making it an eye-catching encyclopedic reference for anyone interested in birds of the world. General-interest lending [libraries] seeking suitable display books with eye-catching covers and presentations will want this.--James A. Cox"California Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review" (07/01/2007) Succeeds admirably as a primer on birds... the text considers all aspects of birds' lives... Beautifully illustrated.--Nancy Bent"Booklist" (09/15/2006) Although its pages are packed with stunningly lovely photographs of birds, its more than just a book of eye candy... thoughtful and informative.--Jodi Delong"Halifax Chronicle Herald" (10/29/2006) A beautiful and informative book filled with startling images ... This is not just a pretty coffee table book, it's one you can use and your children can use and enjoy too.--Greg Langley"The Advocate" (11/19/2006) Informative and visually appealing ... The photographs by themselves make this a wonderful book for anyone interested in birds or simply in nature... substantive ... an excellent book for the beginner birder.--Christy Honnen"Bloomsbury Review" (11/30/2006) A very thumb-able coffee table book for anyone interested in avian fauna.--Richard Watts"Victoria Times-Colonist" (11/19/2006) Lovely to look at and makes a point of mixing the scientific and the popular, weaving among the 650 color photos and illustrations all manner of interesting tidbits.--Richard Helm"Edmonton Journal" (12/24/2006) If a teacher could have only one bird book in the classroom, Birds: A Visual Guide is the book to choose.... This is an outstanding volume.... Valuable as a reference book ... it is fascinating just to read through.... The book would be appropriate for students from middle school through college.--Richard Lord"The Science Teacher (NSTA Recommends)" (10/01/2007) Opens the eyes to the glamourous, endangered world of birds.--Mike Gillespie"The Record (Sherbrooke QC)" (11/17/2006) The photographs are remarkable, high quality, and often stunningly beautiful.... Informed, timely and well written.... This volume will be useful for its photography and as a reference work. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates, general readers, and professionals/practitioners.--Tim McKimmie, New Mexico State University"Choice" (06/01/2007)

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