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David Cabot has been obsessed with wildfowl for nearly sixty years. In this seminal new work, he discusses the 56 species of wildfowl that have been recorded either in a natural state, or that have been introduced and now maintain self-sustaining populations in Britain and Ireland. He focuses on their social behaviour, feeding ecology and population dynamics, and in particular their seasonal migration patterns. He also explores the evolution and history of wildfowl and our long relationship with them, through popular mythology and legends, which continue to fascinate us with a sense of mystery and awe.
A summary of information on 154 species of duck, geese and swans of the world intended as an identification manual for the wildfowl enthusiast that goes beyond a regional basis and is light enough to be used as a handy reference book in the field. The text not only clarifies identification techniques but fully discusses problematic plumages in detail as well as providing a summary on world distribution and status complemented by clear distribution maps.
Illustrated field guide, showing all 77 species of wildfowl found in the Northern Hemisphere, male and female, Whistling Ducks, Swans, Geese, Shelducks and Ducks, painted in the water and on the water. Each species account contains information on plumage, distribution, population size, conservation, breeding biology, and ecology with an explanation of the derivation of the Latin name, this latter has not been done before. The accounts are laid out so that all relevant information for each species is contained within a two page spread or easy cross-referencing between the text and the artwork. At the end of the book, there are useful sections on Where to See Wildfowl giving brief details of sites right across the Northern Hemisphere with more detailed information for UK sites managed by the RSPB and the WWT. With a foreword by Dr. Baz Hughes.
This text presents a collection of field descriptions and photographs of the world's wildfowl. It covers 236 species and sub-species and 700 photographs illustrate not only the adult bird, but each significant plumage variation. The up-to-date species descriptions include details of habit, range and status, characteristic plumage features, sub-species and races where appropriate and vocalization. The book has been designed to complement and enhance existing artwork guides, such as "Wildfowl: An Identification Guide" (Helm, 1988), and covers rare birds, seabirds, birds of prey and warblers in all zoogeographic regions.
Illustrated Checklist Wildfowl of the World forms a key which can be used to identify any species of wildfowl you may encounter. The book features two sections:
The text: is divided by identification feature: size, shape, colour, bill shape and colour, voice, and behaviour.
The plates: are organised by family or tribe. For each species there is also a detailed list of where it can be found with both breeding and wintering locations. Migration habits are also described.
Also included are sections on names and classification, an index that includes both common and Latin names, and details of Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserves throughout the UK.