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Terns of Europe and North America
Klaus Malling Olsen & Hans Larsson
With a new preface and epilogue by the author

Winner of the 1994 Bird Book of the Year (U.K.), Birdwatch

Hardcover | 1995 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691043876

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Terns are elegant sea and marshland birds that live throughout the world. In Europe and North America a total of twenty-three species is represented, all of which are dealt with in this book. The variations among the species and their subspecies is great, and identification is therefore often highly problematic. Terns are long-distance migrants and can be seen regularly on passage between their normal breeding and wintering areas.

Klaus Malling Olsen devotes much attention to the immature and winter plumages of these birds, which are generally inadequately described in most other field guides, while he also deals in depth with the problems of moult, species, and subspecies. The text covers the bird in the field, moult, and the bird in the hand. The author concludes each species account with extensive data on measurements and weight and an itemized key to identification. The text is accompanied by over forty color plates, which have been specially prepared for this guide by the talented Swedish bird artist Hans Larsson. The book is completed with a forty-eight-page representative photographic section.


"If you are even remotely interested in the details of critical tern ID ..., this book is a must. You simply have only one option: buy two copies, one for the field and one for home."--Birding

Table of Contents:

4 Foreword
5 Introduction
5 The format of the species accounts
5 Different light conditions produce different impressions
6 judging size and proportions
6 The various plumages
8 General points concerning moult
9 Wear
9 Aberrants
10 Hybrids
10 Abbrevations, symbols and descriptions
11 Gull-billed Tern
19 Caspian Tern
26 Royal Tern
35 Crested Tern
43 Lesser Crested Tern
51 Sandwich Tern
63 Elegant Tern
69 Roseate Tern
77 Common Tern
90 Arctic Tern
99 Aleutian Tern
103 Forster's Tern
111 White-cheeked Tern
117 Bridled Tern
123 Sooty Tern
128 Little Tern
135 Least Tern
137 Saunders's Tern
140 Whiskered Tern
147 Black Tern
157 White-winged Black Tern
165 Brown Noddy
168 Black Noddy
171 References
176 Index
177 Photos 1-208

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