Friday, 8 November 2013

Review: 'The World's Rarest Birds' by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, and Robert Still

The World's Rarest Birds, by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, and Robert Still, 2013, Princeton University Press, $45.00, hardbound, 360 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: cool. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

The purpose of this book is to feature as many photographs of Endangered and Critically Endangered bird species as possible, along with enlightening readers as to the current status of each of these birds and the reasons for their being threatened, as well as giving some information about their distribution and ecology. 

The book begins with a world map of diversity and distribution, in which the reader may find the number of bird species in each of the world's countries. 

The section on the threats birds face is a long one, and includes fishing, hunting and trapping, logging, human disturbance, pollution, geological events, and much more. 

The section titled 'Going or Gone?' brings to light some alarming facts. For example, at least 130 bird species have gone Extinct since 1500. Another four species now only exist in captivity. 

By far the largest section in the book is the Regional Directories, in which one may find maps, a summarisation of conservation issues, key hot spots for threatened birdds, species accounts, and more. 

the book is filled with lavish colour photographs, and more conservation related information than you will find in most books. 

There's also a glossary of technical terms used in the book (although every effort was made to keep the text as non-technical as possible). 

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