The Atlas of Birds, 1st Edition

  • Mike Unwin
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  • ISBN-10: 1400838258
  • ISBN-13: 9781400838257
  • DDC: 598
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 144 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The Atlas of Birds captures the breathtaking diversity of birds, and illuminates their conservation status around the world. Full-color maps show where birds are found, both by country and terrain, and reveal how an astounding variety of behavioral adaptations--from flight and feeding to nest building and song--have enabled them to thrive in virtually every habitat on Earth. Maps of individual journeys and global flyways chart the amazing phenomenon of bird migration, while bird classification is explained using maps for each order and many key families. Conservation provides a strong focus throughout, with maps illustrating where and why birds are most under threat, and what is being done to protect them. Separate sections examine key factors influencing their distribution and endangering their survival, from deforestation and climate change to invasive species and the cage-bird trade. Bird groups most affected, such as island endemics, are highlighted, while a fascinating chapter explores the complex historical relationship between birds and humans, with maps and data for everything from poultry farming to birdwatching.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
A World of Birds.
1: Photo Credits.
2: Introduction to Birds.
3: Bird Beginnings.
4: Fit for Purpose.
5: Feathers.
6: Where Birds Live.
7: Bird Habitats.
8: Country Counts.
9: Endemic Birds.
10: Important Bird Areas.
11: Europe.
12: Asia & the Middle East.
13: Africa.
14: The Americas.
15: Australasia.
16: Antarctica, Oceans & Islands.
17: Birds in Order.
18: Ratites & Tinamous.
19: Game Birds to Grebes.
20: Storks to Cranes.
21: Seabirds & Shorebirds.
22: Birds of Prey.
23: Pigeons to Cuckoos.
24: Owls to Hummingbirds.
25: Kingfishers to Mousebirds.
26: Passerines: Perching Birds.
27: How Birds Live.
28: Taking to the Air.
29: By Land & Water.
30: Finding Food.
31: Sense & Sensitivity.
32: Showing Off.
33: From Egg to Adult.
34: Living Together.
35: Birds on the Move.
36: Flyways.
37: Different Journeys.
38: Birds and People.
39: Birds on the Menu.
40: Putting Birds to Use.
41: Birds in Culture.
42: Learning from Birds.
43: Conflicts with Birds.
44: Birds for Pleasure.
45: Birds under Threat.
46: Extinction.
47: Birds under Threat.
48: Losing Land.
49: Infrastructure & Pollution.
50: Birds Wanted: Dead or Alive.
51: Alien Invasion.
52: All at Sea.
53: Warming Up.
54: Protecting Birds.
55: BirdLife International.
56: Campaigns & Conventions.
57: Saving Species.
58: Protecting Places.
59: People Power.
Bird Table.
Bird Index.
General Index.