RSPB Handbook of British Birds

RSPB Handbook of British Birds This is a revised and updated fourth edition of the bestselling RSPB Handbook of British Birds This unique guide provides a biography of each of the commonest British bird species It covers all as

  • Title: RSPB Handbook of British Birds
  • Author: Peter Holden Tim Cleeves
  • ISBN: 9781472906472
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a revised and updated fourth edition of the bestselling RSPB Handbook of British Birds This unique guide provides a biography of each of the 280 commonest British bird species It covers all aspects of field identification, using illustrations from the highly acclaimed Handbook of Bird Identification to show all common plumage forms The text also covers behavioThis is a revised and updated fourth edition of the bestselling RSPB Handbook of British Birds This unique guide provides a biography of each of the 280 commonest British bird species It covers all aspects of field identification, using illustrations from the highly acclaimed Handbook of Bird Identification to show all common plumage forms The text also covers behaviour, breeding biology, population, status, longevity and any other interesting facts about the species concerned A detailed distribution map is provided for each species The rarities section, featuring 26 additional species, has been updated and features two species new to this edition Six comparison artwork spreads are included to help identify difficult to identify species such as ducks, waders, warblers, raptors and gulls alongside one another The RSPB Handbook provides a complete, single source of basic information to our most familiar birds.

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    1. I sat listening to a bird in the garden this evening with my friend Jack Daniels. He was singing his heart out (the bird, not Jack) to his unseen mate. It was quite incredible. It started rich and loud then went into a lower register, as if he was afraid that the clash of passionate singing would put her off. Who knows what goes through their little minds? How do birds make love? Maybe she was happily settled on her nest with her own mate and chicks and resented his advances. Maybe she was birdi [...]

    2. Not entirely sure what the point of this book is. It makes clear it is not a spotters guide, having no identification key, but even if you knew what you were looking, the information offered, whilst systematic, is relatively basic and without any real behavioural colour. It is beautifully illustrated but ultimately a fairly frustrating publication.

    3. This is the latest edition of the British Bird handbook. Once again the RSPB have done a fantastic job of providing a clear, concise guide to the birds you are likely to encounter in the British Isles.Each bird is beautifully illustrated with detailed information about their appearance, habits, diet, call, conservation status, how to find them and more.If you are a birdwatcher this book is indispensable. The book is a little too large to take out into the field which is why the RSPB have also pr [...]

    4. It's the only field guide I own, and it is sufficient. I don't use it to ID birds generally, but to confirm a suspected ID, I have, many a times. It tries to describe bird calls/songs but this is useless to me - you'd want to use Xeno-canto for that. Small enough to bring around.

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