- Tapa blanda: 320 páginas
- Editor: Princeton University Press (26 de febrero de 2006)
- Colección: Princeton Field Guides
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0691126844
- ISBN-13: 978-0691126845
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº946.733 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Raptors of the World (Princeton Field Guides) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 26 feb 2006
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"An astounding milestone in the history of ornithology."--World Birdwatch
"This is a major addition to the ornithologist's library."--Christopher Perrins, TLS
"The book is a must for anyone who is interested in raptors not found just in North America."--Frederic H. Brock, Wildlife Activist
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This new field guide covers all of the world's kites, vultures, harriers, hawks, buzzards, eagles, and falcons.
Based on essential sections of the widely acclaimed handbook Raptors of the World by the same authors, but with updated text, maps, and plates, it shows every species in a selection of different plumages, with concise facing texts and distribution maps.
It provides an easy-to-use and portable reference to one of the world's largest, most popular, and most challenging avian groups.
- A unique identification guide to all the world's raptors
- 118 color plates show 338 species in flight and perched
- Facing text summarizes size, confusion species, habitat, and behavioral and plumage differences
- Color distribution maps included for every species
- Ideal for use in the field, anywhere in the world
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First, it is one of the few to cover all 300+ diurnal Raptor species. Its full-color identification section provides a comprehensive guide to plumage variations in both juveniles and adults, and, where applicable --to males and females.
Second, it has great utility for lay readers as well as scholars. The descriptive text is readable with solid summary paragraphs, and an extensive bibliography.
Third, for readers shy of its 2001 copyright the book is largely up-to-date given the wholesale habitat destruction and climate change we witness today.
It is not a field guide,but for those who prefer one, I love Wheeler's Raptor guides to eastern or western species. It surely provides excellent preparatory reading for a vacation or field trip, enabling even casual readers to identify the most common species by appearance, morph/race, habitat, feeding and a wide range of behaviors.
For university students,interpretive docents and serious Raptor devotees, there is no other reference which provides as much for the price Amazon charges. While I had some minor gripes about production issues, pages are heavy and acid-free, promising a lifetime of use.
There are other comprehensive texts on diurnal Raptors, and some very competitive texts on owls by Lynch and Johnsgard; but for a home or scholarly library, there is no other work that comes close to this one.
It was interesting and heart warming to read about species that at the time of publishing was in trouble, but today (2016), are seeing populations recovering and / or conservation efforts in effect were there was none. Fair warning, as the book is now 15+ years old, there is some change in the names of the birds. With a bit of effort I was able to figure out the name change and find the specie I was looking for. I also like that I had the falcons in the same book as the hawks, even thru the falcons are now separated from the rest of the raptors.
Other than that, there is much to like and much to love about this volume. It opens with a 20-page systematic listing of all of the Accipitridae and Falconidae, including ranges and subspecies. The blizzard of taxonomic changes over the years can make it a chore to keep old field notes up to date, and a list such as this is very helpful. (Given how often subspecies are split, lumped and re-arranged, it is mysterious that so few authors devote any attention to them.) The map of the southwest Pacific, where there are numerous endemics, is another fine example of the authors' attention to providing useful details.
Bird geeks (I count myself as one, so the term is intended respectfully) will especially enjoy the front matter, including a pithy discussion of the problems with many wing-span measurements, a forthright and balanced discussion of taxonomic changes (which make this a valuable cross-reference work), and a lively explanation of choices for English names. The illustrations are very good, but be sure to pay attention to the accompanying text. The cross-reference of similar species is easy to use, and the behavioral notes are especially helpful in the field. They are useful to study before making a trip to an unfamiliar part of the world (and they make the planning nearly as enjoyable as the trip).