Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America
The Wildfowl title in the Helm ID Guide series was first published in 1988, and was the third in the series. Astonishingly, there has never been a serious competitor or update, and the book is now badly out of date.
This new book is a comprehensive reference summarising current knowledge on the identification of the different species and subspecies of ducks, geese and swans in Europe, Asia and North America - in essence the Holarctic zoogeographical region. The detailed species accounts cover taxonomy, specific and subspecific identification features, determination of age and sex, geographic variation, measurements, voice, moult and hybridisation. In addition, the current status of each species is treated with up-to-date information on distribution, population size, habitat and life-cycle. The text is complemented by 650 colour photos, almost all taken in the wild, and 72 colour plates painted by the author and featuring over 920 individual illustrations. Together, these represent most of the plumages of each of the 84 species treated as well as more than 100 hybrids that are observed more or less regularly in the wild. The photos are provided with captions that focus on the most important features, and the plates are accompanied by succinct caption text and distribution maps.
This new id guide provides an unrivalled level of detail and a wealth of information and illustrations. It will be an essential reference for anyone interested in the ducks, geese and swans of Eurasia and North America. 608 pages.
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