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The World of Birds

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The World of Birds

This all-encompassing coffee table book reveals the extraordinary world of birds. Divided into two parts, its encyclopaedic text has an easy to follow layout that will grip any enthusiast’s attention.


The first half provides information on every aspect of the life of birds and their evolution, including their anatomy, physiology, plumage, calls, flying style, social behaviour, migration and much more.


The second half takes you closer, beginning with an introduction to the 32 orders of bird followed by an in-depth study, complete with a table of facts, for each of the 195 families. 


With a glossary and two indexes, the format of this book makes for easy referencing, while  maps, diagrams, illustrations and photography, from award-winning wildlife photographer David Tipling, add an artistic quality deserving of display. 


‘You might think this was just another nice picture book, but would be a mistake. It's far more than that… Many of the beautiful images here are quite famous as fossils, familiar even to non-specialists, but exactly why are they significant?... This is a book worth reading, not just looking at. The pictures are very fine too.’ Pat Morris, Biological Journal of the London Society, Spring 2016


'This is the definitive ‘everything you ever wanted to know about birds’ book. It covers not only questions you might have been afraid to ask…but also a host of others that may never even have occurred to you…a dazzling account of what we now know about this most popular of animal classes…I know of no other single-volume source where all this basic information can be accessed so easily or is presented so attractively…It’s the complete package.' Jeremy Mynott, British Birds


'As one might expect from Elphick, there is a platinum standard to the book’s accuracy … it is also bang up to date … this is a wonderfully authoritative, but also carefully compressed, statement on all things avian. My guess is that it will be a baseline reference for years to come.'  Mark Cocker, Birdwatch, October issue.


'as thorough and as all-encompassing as you could hope, given the scale of the task, while also being readable and easily understood … Erudite but accessible, and looking absolutely great, you can imagine this becoming a fixture on most birders’ shelves.'  Birdwatching, Autumn 14


'weighty this book may be, but Elphick displays a light touch, his unfussy writing clarifying difficult concepts … encyclopaedic in both ambition and achievement, and a tome to be treasured.'  BBC Wildlife magazine, Book of the Month, September 14


'this book reminds me of how even the most familiar of birds are full of surprises … beautiful, inspiring and concise.'  New Scientist, 26 August 14.

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Regular Price: £40.00

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Additional product details
  • nature and photography
  • by Jonathan Elphick
  • hardback coffee table
  • 608 pages
  • 29x22.5x4.5cm
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This is one of our Museum gifts, shipped directly to you from the Museum in South Kensington, London. The following information applies to this and all Museum gifts that are part of your order:


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