Cuckoos of the World

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This authoritative handbook, part of the Helm Identification Guides series, looks in detail at the world's cuckoos, couas and coucals - the family Cuculidae. Famed as brood-parasites of other birds, the cuckoos include a diverse range of species, from the roadrunners of North America to the spectacular malkohas of southern Asia. This book discusses the biology and identification of these birds on a species-by-species basis, bringing together the very latest research with accurate range maps, more than 600 stunning colour photographs that illuminate age and racial plumage differences, and 36 superb plates by a team of internationally renowned artists.
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Lead author Johannes Erritzoe is a Danish author and naturalist whose previous books include Pittas of the World. Clive Mann is an ornithologist from London, UK. An expert on the birds of southeast Asia, his previous titles include Birds of Borneo and, with Bob Cheke, the Helm Identification Guide Sunbirds of the World. Frederik Brammer is a neotropical bird specialist from Sao Paolo, Brazil, while Richard Fuller is an ornithologist from the University of Durham, UK who is currently resident in Australia.

Lead author Johannes Erritzoe is a Danish author and naturalist whose previous books include Pittas of the World. Clive Mann is an ornithologist from London, UK. An expert on the birds of southeast Asia, his previous titles include Birds of Borneo and, with Bob Cheke, the Helm Identification Guide Sunbirds of the World. Frederik Brammer is a neotropical bird specialist from Sao Paolo, Brazil, while Richard Fuller is an ornithologist from the University of Durham, UK who is currently resident in Australia.

Lead author Johannes Erritzoe is a Danish author and naturalist whose previous books include Pittas of the World. Clive Mann is an ornithologist from London, UK. An expert on the birds of southeast Asia, his previous titles include Birds of Borneo and, with Bob Cheke, the Helm Identification Guide Sunbirds of the World. Frederik Brammer is a neotropical bird specialist from Sao Paolo, Brazil, while Richard Fuller is an ornithologist from the University of Durham, UK who is currently resident in Australia.

Lead author Johannes Erritzoe is a Danish author and naturalist whose previous books include Pittas of the World. Clive Mann is an ornithologist from London, UK. An expert on the birds of southeast Asia, his previous titles include Birds of Borneo and, with Bob Cheke, the Helm Identification Guide Sunbirds of the World. Frederik Brammer is a neotropical bird specialist from Sao Paolo, Brazil, while Richard Fuller is an ornithologist from the University of Durham, UK who is currently resident in Australia.

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Publisher
A&C Black
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Published on
Mar 29, 2012
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Pages
544
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ISBN
9781408142677
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English
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Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Ornithology
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