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Handbook of the Birds of the World (Anglais) Relié – Illustré, 30 juillet 1996


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One only has to open this book to see the extremely high standards the publishers have set themselves. At first, I found myself not working through the book in any order, merely turning over page after page wondering where I would have to go to see the species photographed. The photographs are of amazing quality and introduce the reader (certainly this one) not only to new species but also to new families. I was stunned to see the photograph of South Africa's Blue Cranes and made a note to catch up with this species sometime in the future. Perhaps the accompanying text could have included the name of the species in bold since they act more as an additional text rather than as labels for the photographs. Rather than acting as an identification guide, HBW attempts to illustrate and describe every species currently known as well as keeping abreast of recent thoughts in taxonomy - no mean feat bearing in mind the amount of work currently being undertaken by different authorities. The last eighty or so pages are purely references which gives us some idea of the work that has gone into this book. My only reservation in recommending this book is that once you have bought one, you really feel you have to buy all of them! However, if they are all of this standard, your money is well spent and gives you an excuse for buying a sturdy new bookcase!. Richard Bashford . Tue Apr 01 23:01:00 UTC 1997 BTO News , 209 (British Trust for Ornithology).



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  • Relié: 752 pages
  • Editeur : Lynx Edicions; Édition : 1 (30 juillet 1996)
  • Collection : Handbook of the Birds of the World
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 8487334202
  • ISBN-13: 978-8487334207
  • Dimensions du produit: 5,7 x 25,4 x 33 cm
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Par ALIBERT Michel VOIX VINE le 7 mars 2006
Format: Relié
Le deuxième tome de cette magnifique collection est entièrement consacré aux falconiformes et aux galliformes. Par rapport au premier volume de la série, il est à noter:
- une multiplication du nombre des auteurs assortie d'une internationalisation de leurs origines, deux facteurs qui témoignent du rayonnement de l'entreprise;
- un recours à la classification Mace-Lande du statut de conservation des espèces, toutes les fois où celle-ci était disponible, en sus de celle de l'I.U.C.N. (non encore révisée à l'époque).
Qu'il nous suffise pour le reste de renvoyer à notre recension du premier tome.
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Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: New World Vultures to Guineafowl 23 octobre 2009
Par Ernesto Alvarado Reyes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Handbook of the Birds of the World is a superb work that illustrates most of the species of Birds in the World (I infer there are some species not yet described that have not been treated by this series).

This volume includes beautiful photographs and a taxonomic revision of all the species of the taxa included.

At the time this work was produced, it was not known that the Galliformes are in fact more basal than many of the groups treated in the first volume, so the overall phylogenetic order is outdated. However, the species and family accounts are still useful and there is no other recent revision of these groups that is so complete.

It cannot be used as a field guide due to its size, but it would be an excellent bookshelf resource for any keen birdwatcher interested in the world's avifauna.

If any one fancies raptors this is the book for him/her.

Illustrations are of outstanding quality.
Excellent coverage of disgusting birds 25 juillet 2012
Par Ashtar Command - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Seriously, you didn't *really* expect me to stop reviewing HBW volumes, did you now?

"The Handbook of the Birds of the World" (HBW for short) is a multi-volume encyclopedia describing and illustrating all 9000 extant species of bird. This is the third volume in this encyclopedia to end all encyclopedias. It covers the Opisthocomiformes, Gruiformes and Charadriiformes. Some of the birds covered are so common that they feel almost jaded, for instance the gulls. Others are exotic and somewhat bizarre. The hoatzin is a bird so unique that it has been placed in an order all by itself. Its chicks have claws on their wings (a bit like the fossil Ur-bird Archaeopteryx) and can swim, something the adult birds don't seem to master. We also get to know the sheathbills, who look a bit like a cross between pigeons and gulls. The sheathbills live on islands close to the Antarctic, and are "opportunistic feeders", to use the euphemistic expression. In plain English, they feed on everything: faeces, discarded placentae or umbilical cords from seal births, and they are even said to steal milk from seals by placing their beaks in between the suckling pups and their mother's mammary glands! I'm not sure if I even want to believe that...

The sheer volume of information contained in this gargantuan book is staggering, and so is its price. The HBW is really a reference work for libraries, and the text can be quite heavy for a general reader. However, these books contain excellent photos, all in color, of a wide variety of birds. Some of them are quite dramatic. This volume shows skuas attacking giant petrels, penguins and even sheep! The photos and color plates are the main reason why even an ordinary Joe might want to own some of the books in this series, but, alas, they are probably too expensive for the likes of you and me.

Still, HBW deserves five stars.

OK, what was that absolutely disgusting stuff about sheathbills, again?
What is not to love? Well 7 octobre 2014
Par Kathy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
What is not to love? Well, the expense. But this is an excellent resource for hard-core birders. The only thing that annoys me is the knowledge that these books will be outdated before too long, as more birds are added, some formerly distinct species become melded into one, etc. But the pictures, maps, photos are helpful.
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