The World's Rarest Birds

The World's Rarest Birds

Author: Erik Hirschfeld

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691155968

Category: Nature

Page: 360

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"This illustrated book vividly depicts the most threatened birds on Earth. It provides up-to-date information from BirdLife International on the threats each species faces, and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 590 birds species are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered, or now only exist in captivity. This landmark publication features stunning photographs of 515 of these species--including the results of a prestigious international photographic competition organized specificallyfor this book. This is the first time that images of many of these birds have been published. It also showcases meticulously accurate illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Tomasz Cofta for the 75 speciies of which no photographs are known to exist.

The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird

The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird

Author: Alvin Powell

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811741293

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 460

• Real-life scientific adventure • A thought-provoking exploration of how the Endangered Species Act works--and how it fails Thirty years ago, researchers discovered a previously unknown species of bird in the rain-soaked and remote mountains of Hawaii. As they studied the creature--which sported a black mask and was called the po'ouli--they soon learned that its population was shrinking quickly, and they worked frantically to find out what was killing the species and how they might prevent its extinction. This fast-paced account of their work, done in one of the world's most inhospitable environments, describes a stirring fight for survival. It also illustrates the challenge of protecting endangered species in a rapidly changing world.

Facing Extinction

Facing Extinction

Author: Paul Donald

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408189665

Category: Nature

Page: 313

View: 927

Examines extinction in birds, with case studies of critically endangered species and the research initiatives designed to save them.

Facing Extinction

Facing Extinction

Author: Paul Donald

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780713670219

Category: Science

Page: 314

View: 635

Almost two hundred species of birds have become extinct in the past 400 years, and a similar number today are in imminent danger of following them. The world's conservationists are leading the fight to prevent the demise of these remaining critically endangered birds, with a fair degree of success. This new book examines the process and issues concerning extinction - how and why it happens and what can be done about it. Whilst man is to blame for many of the causes, such as persecution and habitat loss, species have become extinct on a regular basis since life began. After several thought-provoking introductory chapters, the book showcases about 20 species on the brink of extinction from around the world and describes the work that is being undertaken to save them. Some are success stories, but a few are not. This is a subject close to the hearts of all birders and ornithologists and this book, written by a team of leading conservationists, will strike a chord in most of them.

Old Blue

Old Blue

Author: Mary Elizabeth Taylor

Publisher:

ISBN: 1775432378

Category: Chatham Island robin

Page: 32

View: 488

"In 1979 the black robin of the Chatham Islands was on the brink of extinction, with only five birds left. When the Wildlife Service intervened to rescue them in 1980, there was only one female who could lay fertile eggs. She became known as Old Blue. Today there are 200 or more living black robins - all of them her descendants"--Publisher information.

On Rare Birds

On Rare Birds

Author: Anita Albus

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780762774838

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 759

A passionate natural history of extinct and endangered bird species from around the world.

Spix's Macaw

Spix's Macaw

Author: Tony Juniper

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743475518

Category: Nature

Page: 316

View: 845

Describes the desperate race against time to save a rare blue parrot, the Spix's Macaw, from extinction, by calling for private collectors to allow their birds to mate with the last wild specimen, a bird that had lived for years without a mate, in a dramatic story of the humans who had brought the species to the brink of annihilation. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Rare Birds of North America

Rare Birds of North America

Author: Steve N. G. Howell

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691117966

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 448

View: 786

The first comprehensive illustrated guide to North America's vagrant birds Rare Birds of North America is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the vagrant birds that occur throughout the United States and Canada. Featuring 275 stunning color plates, this book covers 262 species originating from three very different regions—the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world's oceans. It explains the causes of avian vagrancy and breaks down patterns of occurrence by region and season, enabling readers to see where, when, and why each species occurs in North America. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, taxonomy, age, sex, distribution, and status. Rare Birds of North America provides unparalleled insights into vagrancy and avian migration, and will enrich the birding experience of anyone interested in finding and observing rare birds. Covers 262 species of vagrant birds found in the United States and Canada Features 275 stunning color plates that depict every species Explains patterns of occurrence by region and season Provides an invaluable overview of vagrancy patterns and migration Includes detailed species accounts and cutting-edge identification tips