The newest addition to the highly regarded Helm Identification Series, which includes Seabirds (unparalleled achievement,” best bird guide of any kind or of any generation,” sets the standard of excellence”) and Shorebirds (a superb guide,” a landmark volume”).Baker & Taylor
One of the most eagerly awaited bird books in recent decades, Raptors is the first complete identification guide to all the birds of prey of the world. Each of the 313 species is described thoroughly and accurately, and every plumage and variation is shown in more than two thousand color illustrations plus hundreds of black-and-white drawings. Both large-scale and small-scale range maps show in detail where each species has been found.
Like all the other identification guides in the Helm series including Seabirds, Shorebirds, Warblers of the Americas, Waterfowl, Woodpeckers, and Sparrows and Buntings Raptors is the definitive book on its subject. The birds of prey are arguably the most fascinating group of birds for birders and nonbirders alike, and Raptors will be an essential reference for anyone with an interest in birds.
More than two thousand full-color illustrations, along with detailed descriptions, information on behavior and habitats, and large- and small-scale range maps, document the world's 313 species of birds of prey.Book News
In this guide to birds of prey, Ferguson-Lees, an author affiliated with the Royal Society for Bird Preservation, and avid bird-watcher Christie describe all 313 species. The 112 color plates illustrate about 2,000 perched and flying birds and their adult, juvenile and selected immature plumages, as well as main geographical races and color morphs. The text highlights the plumages shown and summarizes length, wingspan, male-to-female proportion, shape, flight, and habitat. Individual accounts detail distribution and movements, habitat, characters (perched and in flight, and including confusion species), voice, food, sociosexual behavior, breeding, population, geographical variation, and measurements. The book also contains many line drawings and distribution maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)