Birds of the World
528 pages, 7 1/2 x 11 1/2
Over 1300 full-colour illustrations throughout
Release Date:01 Oct 2006

Birds of the World

UBC Press

This stunning collection of art and text captures the grace, beauty, and flamboyance of the world’s birds. In more than 400 pages, ornithologist Les Beletsky has gathered over 1,600 original paintings that reveal the form, posture, and plumage of all the avian families, with featured illustrations of 1,307 species. The paintings are from eleven of the world’s leading bird artists, with many being published here for the first time.

Beletsky’s detailed, yet eminently readable, descriptions are paired with the vivid images to show the diversity of the world’s approximately 200 bird families. Backyard birdwatchers, avid birders, and professional ornithologists alike will find in these pages everything from the everyday to the exotic, from diminutive hummingbirds to massive ostriches, from Antarctic penguins to tropical parrots.

Comprehensive, authoritative, and beautifully illustrated, Birds of the World will amaze and inspire everyone with an interest in this remarkable fauna.

Expert naturalist Les Beletsky and a team of first-rate artists have produced a bird world overview that is as accurate and informative as it is beautiful. Kenn Kaufman, author of the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding
Les Beletsky is series editor of the Travelers’ Wildlife Guides and Visiting Scholar at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington. Illustrators include David Nurney, John Sill, Frank Knight, Brian Small, H. Douglas Pratt, John Gale, David Beadle, Diane Pierce, Dan Lane, John O’Neill, and Norman Arlott. The layout and design was produced by famed designers Scott & Nix.
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