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Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World
Derek Onley & Paul Scofield

Paperback | 2007 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691131320


This is the first comprehensive field guide to the world's 136 species of albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, storm petrels, and diving petrels. Because many of these birds spend most of their lives far from the coast, traveling from ocean to ocean in a constant search for food, they are poorly known, enigmatic, and often hard to identify in the field. This guide will make field identification much easier. It illustrates every species and shows the distinct plumages of each. It contains 46 high-quality color plates opposite concise descriptions and a color distribution map, with more complete species descriptions following. Species are illustrated on the same page as their confusion species, allowing direct comparisons for more accurate identifications.

This field guide includes information on breeding, feeding, distribution, migration, and conservation. And it illustrates for the first time several extremely rare species, such as Beck's and MacGillivray's Petrels, and the New Zealand Storm-Petrel, which was rediscovered only in 2004.

Seabird watchers will find this an indispensable field guide for use around the world.

  • A comprehensive guide to all 136 species of open-ocean seabirds, with subspecies and morphs fully illustrated
  • Designed for field use, with concise information opposite plates, and close- and long-range identification tips
  • Confusion species included on plates to aid accurate identification
  • Detailed species accounts, including a color distribution map for each species
  • Full treatment of recently rediscovered and rarely seen species


"This new field guide is very readable, interesting and an informative treatise on a suite of birds most birdos will never get the chance of observing.... There is a wealth of detail in text, distribution maps and paintings of each species that you would be hard pressed to find in any other similar guide."--Martin O'Brien, Bird Observer

"[The guide] is for birders and others who go to sea and wish to find and identify the birds they see there."--Wildlife Activist

"[T]his is an important guide for ornithologists, birders, naturalists, and conservation biologists seriously interested in oceanic birds. It will significantly assist these people in making correct identifications of these fascinating birds at sea. Highly recommended."--International Hawkwatcher

"This guide should make field identification easier for all those hardy souls who venture on the briny deeps."--Charles E. Keller, Indiana Audubon Quarterly


"This is an exciting book that will appeal to the flourishing and growing group of seabirders. The concise text opposite the plates is handy, and essential, as seabirds are ever on the wing. The layout and organization are right on the money."--Debra Shearwater, owner of Shearwater Journeys

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