A Field Guide to the Seabirds of Britain and the World, Gerald Tuck & Hermann Heinzel

A Field Guide to the Seabirds of Britain and the World, Gerald Tuck & Hermann Heinzel

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Title: A Field Guide to the Seabirds of Britain and the World 

Condition:  GOOD 

Author/s:  Gerald Tuck & Hermann Heinzel 

Edition/Year:  1978 

Publisher: Collins 

Pages: 290 

Format:  Hardback 

Category: Science / Ornithology / Reference / Nature 


About the Book: 

There are nearly 300 species of seabirds in the world.  This book makes it possible to identify any of them.  It also provides a valuable account of the two dozen or so breeding species of the British Isles, which form a spectacular and internationally important part of our avifauna. 

The Introduction provides a brief survey of the world of seabirds: classification, distribution, surface feeding, seabird characteristics and aids to identification.  There are also notes on endangered species and instructions for dealing with oil-damaged birds.  

The text, richly illustrated with line drawings, is a systematic guide to all species and distinct sub-species of seabirds, from penguins to puffins.  Each species is fully described with notes on flight, patterns of behaviour , range and breeding areas.  There are indexes to both scientific and English names.  

The plates, in full colour are by Hermann Heinzel, one of Europe’s leading bird painters.  Every species is shown, with subsidiary illustrations of plumage variation, flight sketches and similar species for comparison.  Altogether 781 birds have been painted in colour.  Each plate has a facing caption page, referring the reader to the main entries in the text.  

The endpapers provide a key to the main seabird groups.  

The maps, in two colours, indicate breeding, non-breeding and migratory distribution.  They have been compiled from observations collected during well over a thousand voyages at different seasons, over a period of 18 years. 

Seabirds of the British Islands are described in greater detail by John Parslow of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, with individual British distribution maps, a map of seabird sites of particular interest, and notes on habitats and seabird watching.  

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