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The Atlas of Birds:
Diversity, Behavior, and Conservation
Mike Unwin

Paperback | 2011 | $22.95 | £18.95 | ISBN: 9780691149493
144 pp. | 8 1/2 x 11
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The Atlas of Birds captures the breathtaking diversity of birds, and illuminates their conservation status around the world. Full-color maps show where birds are found, both by country and terrain, and reveal how an astounding variety of behavioral adaptations--from flight and feeding to nest building and song--have enabled them to thrive in virtually every habitat on Earth. Maps of individual journeys and global flyways chart the amazing phenomenon of bird migration, while bird classification is explained using maps for each order and many key families.

Conservation provides a strong focus throughout, with maps illustrating where and why birds are most under threat, and what is being done to protect them. Separate sections examine key factors influencing their distribution and endangering their survival, from deforestation and climate change to invasive species and the cage-bird trade. Bird groups most affected, such as island endemics, are highlighted, while a fascinating chapter explores the complex historical relationship between birds and humans, with maps and data for everything from poultry farming to birdwatching.

The maps are supported by an authoritative text that uses the very latest data and case studies from BirdLife International. Packed with sumptuous photos, original diagrams, and imaginative graphics that bring the numbers to life, this book is a stunning and timely insight into perhaps the most colorful and intriguing group of organisms on our planet.

  • The premier illustrated atlas of bird diversity, behavior, and conservation
  • Features full-color maps, photos, and diagrams
  • Covers bird evolution, classification, and behavior
  • Describes the complex relationship between birds and their habitats
  • Explores the impact of human activities on species survival
  • Illustrates where and why birds are most under threat--and how to protect them


"A beautifully illustrated quick bird fact guide which is organized by habitat, classification, life histories, birds and humans, and conservation. Lots of great illustrations and maps."--Wayne Mones, Audubon blog

"Illustrates the dazzling diversity and behavior of birds, and more impressively, it seamlessly weaves conservation issues into nearly every section. The layout and organization make topics of interest easy to find, quick to digest, and intellectually appealing to either a dedicated ornithologist or a casual browser. . . . Bird enthusiasts of all stripes will likely find it a useful resource and a beautiful addition to their library or coffee table."--Alec R. Lindsay, The Warbler (Michigan Audubon Newsletter)

"A first class book . . . very well produced and written but also giving an overview of bird families in a virtually unique way. A well thought-out concept well realised. Authoritative and concise, this beautifully illustrated atlas captures the dazzling diversity of bird life around the world."--Bo Beolens, FatBirder

"A full-colour, graphically elaborate appraisal of avian habitats, biodiversity and behaviour around the world. This atlas is full of the most current information about the world of birds, sourced from BirdLife International and other international conservation organisations. It is as much a celebration of the rich and colourful diversity of the world's avifauna, as an appraisal of the serious impacts of human development."--NHBS, Hoopoe

"A fantastic book."--Nemesis Bird

"If you're a naturalist, a bird-lover, or a student of fun facts then you should check out this atlas. It will captivate your attention and keep you turning the pages."--Flying Mullet blog

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