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The Ultimate Guide
Tui De Roy, Mark Jones & Julie Cornthwaite

One of the Birder’s Library Best Bird Books of 2014
One of the StarTribune/Lifestyle’s Best Birding Books of 2014

Hardcover | 2014 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691162997


Penguins are perhaps the most beloved birds. On land, their behavior appears so humorous and expressive that we can be excused for attributing to them moods and foibles similar to our own. Few realize how complex and mysterious their private lives truly are, as most of their existence takes place far from our prying eyes, hidden beneath the ocean waves. This stunningly illustrated book provides a unique look at these extraordinary creatures and the cutting-edge science that is helping us to better understand them. Featuring more than 400 breathtaking photos, this is the ultimate guide to all 18 species of penguins, including those with retiring personalities or nocturnal habits that tend to be overlooked and rarely photographed.

A book that no bird enthusiast or armchair naturalist should do without, Penguins includes discussions of penguin conservation, informative species profiles, fascinating penguin facts, and tips on where to see penguins in the wild.

  • Covers all 18 species of the world’s penguins
  • Features more than 400 photos
  • Explores the latest science on penguins and their conservation
  • Includes informative species profiles and fascinating penguin facts


"Ms. De Roy has swum, walked and slept amid penguins wherever they can be found on the tenuous tonsure of land, ice and rock around the Southern ocean. The book presents surreal tableaux: Neon-orange necks of king penguins glow against a blubbery carpet of sleeping elephant seals. . . . This beautiful book can only fuel readers' passion to preserve these astonishing birds, and for that, the authors must be lauded."--Wall Street Journal

"[F]or those who love these iconic, oddly endearing birds--and who doesn’t? - this book is almost as good as an expedition to see them in the flesh."--Natural History

"Beautiful. . . . If you are into birds, you probably don't have a penguin book, so this will fill the bill. As it were. This is also one of those books that totally qualify as a great present to give someone you know who has an interest in birds generally, or penguins in particular. I should also mention that there are a couple of pages in the back on where to see penguins."--Greg Laden's Blog

"Yes, it's another penguin book. But there never seems to be enough for penguin aficionados! Still, Penguins: the Ultimate Guide by Tui De Roy, Mark Jones, and Julie Cornthwaite might just fulfill the promise of its subtitle. . . . Penguins: the Ultimate Guide is part coffee-table book, part informative essays, and part species profiles for each of the 18 species. Moreover, the 400+ photos are gorgeous . . . until further notice, this may be 'the ultimate guide' to penguins and their lives."--Birding Community E-Bulletin

"Of the many books on perennially popular penguins, this is far and away the best, by any standard. . . . An outstanding gem. Most highly recommended for all interested, whether the lay public or scientists, in natural history and Antarctic and sub-Antarctic places."--Henry T. Armistead, Library Journal starred review

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