Birds of British Columbia - 4 Volume Set
The Birds of British Columbia is a complete reference work for bird-watchers, ornithologists, naturalists, and resource managers who want in-depth information on the province's regularly occurring and rare birds.
The four volumes of The Birds of British Columbia provide unprecedented coverage of BC's birds, presenting a wealth of information on the ornithological history, habitat, breeding habits, migratory movements, seasonality, and distribution patterns of each of the 472 species of birds. The text is supported by hundreds of full-colour pictures, including unique habitat photographs, detailed distribution maps, and beautiful illustrations of the birds, their nests, eggs, and young. For the first time, the natural history, migration patterns, habitat requirements, reproductive biology, and distribution of the province's birdlife are combined in one publication.
This first volume covers eight-six species of nonpasserines, from loons through to waterfowl. The introductory chapters look at the province’s ornithological history, its environment and the methodology used in the volumes. Volume 2 completes the nonpasserine species and contains accounts for the diurnal birds of prey through woodpeckers. The third volume covers the first half of the passerines, eighty-nine species in total. The final volume covers the last half of the passerines and describes 102 species. In addition, a species update lists and describes 27 species of birds new to the province since the first three volumes were published. The book concludes with Synopsis: The Birds of British Columbia into the 21st Century, which synthesizes data and information from all four volumes and looks at the conservation challenges facing birds in the new millennium.
The authors, all renowned ornithologists and naturalists, spent more than two decades researching and writing the four volumes. Their efforts have made this one of the most ambitious bird projects every undertaken, one that has set the standard for ornithological publications.
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