Crows and Jays (Helm Identification Guides) by Steve Madge,Hilary Burn

By Steve Madge,Hilary Burn

a hundred and twenty species of crows, jays and their allies exist on the planet at the present time. Many are highly attractive in color, grace and shape, while others are black and slightly sinister in visual appeal. In no different staff of perching birds has evolution produced one of these measure of edition, from the tiny Hume's Ground-Jay of the steppe-highlands of Tibet to the large Thick-billed Raven of the mountains of Ethiopia. a few have had an extended organization with humans and seem in stories of mythology and superstition, whereas others were considered as agricultural pests. the good majority, despite the fact that, stay principally unknown, their in simple terms touch with humanity being the destruction in their specialized habitats. subsequently, greater than 20 species at the moment are considered as the world over endangered, a few of that are very poorly known.

The 30 excellent color plates by means of Hilary Burn during this e-book depict all of them; every one plate is followed by way of an informative caption web page summarising the standards required to spot the species, along color global distribution maps. a few of these birds, bearing such evocative names because the Banggai Crow, Mesopotamian Crow and Flores Crow, have by no means been illustrated before.

The authoritative textual content by means of Steve Madge treats each one species intensive, summarising identity recommendations and concisely reviewing all facets of corvid behaviour, distribution, inhabitants and taxonomy. the writer has had first-hand adventure of many of the species in the course of his travels through the international, travels within which he progressively turned eager about this very designated, yet just a little overlooked, crew of birds.

Crows and Jays is a mix of scientifically exact info and an identity advisor, deliberate to provide a person, even if a birdwatcher or biologist, a better figuring out of the lives of those attractive, but very advanced, staff of birds. it's going to absolutely be a typical paintings of reference for a few years to come.

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