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Atlas of Rare Birds

by Dominic Couzens

A guide to some of the rarest birds in existence, brought together by the maps showing where in the world you can find them. The book will focus on 50 captivating stories of the very rare, including remarkable discoveries of species new to science, rediscoveries of species not seen for centuries and 'back from the brink of extinction' successes like Seychelles Magpie-Robin and California Condor. Each species has its own mini-chapter and the book will be broken down into key groups of species, with the five most amazing tales of island endemics, five most bizarre cases of a bird becoming threatened, and so on.

This will be an accessible, readable and visually appealing take on a serious subject of threatened birds and possible extinctions - a topic that is constantly in the news due to increasing concerns over climate change and habitat destruction. The atlas format shows the global nature of the problem and brings together the many strands of the concerted bird conservation effort that is taking place on every continent. It also lends and element of accessibility to the reader as many of the species featured can be watched on birding tours these days.

The book is published in association with BirdLife International, which is the world's largest global alliance of bird conservation organisations. Its aims are to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity.


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Book Information for "Atlas of Rare Birds"
Pages: 240 Words: 50, 000
Size: 260 x 220 ISBN: 9781847735355
Images: 200 colour photographs, 61 colour maps Format: Hardback

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Colourful Puffleg
Pink Headed Duck
Atlas of Rare Birds - Colourful Puffleg

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Press Reviews of "Atlas of Rare Birds"


"It does an excellent job of providing cogent and impassioned explanations of many of the factos determining rarity"

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This review was posted: 25/10/2010 17:00:59 by BBC Wildlife magazine

"authoritatively written by one of our best writers on birds, with fascinating maps "

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This review was posted: 25/10/2010 17:00:59 by The Independent

""This book would make a nice gift for birders" "

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This review was posted: 26/11/2010 15:08:11 by Birdbooker Report

""...the chatty, engaging but information packed style we've come to expect from Couzens""

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This review was posted: 01/12/2010 12:43:32 by Bird Watching magazine

"This fascinating book is about why many birds are disappearing from our planet. The bird chapters read like thrillers - always exciting, sometimes mysterious or very sad (the Hawaiian po'ouli or the Indian vultures). Couzens is a master writer and the book is impossible to put down. I read Atlas of Rare Birds cover to cover - undoubtedly the best bird and conservation book I've read for years."

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This review was posted: 25/05/2011 15:01:46 by Forest and Bird Magazine, May 2011

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