By David Burnie
A brand new new release of illustrated average heritage handbooks, produced along side the Smithsonian establishment.
The new DK Nature Guides shape a complete, obtainable, and informative sequence of illustrated reference books that take on key traditional background matters in DK's inimitable style.
From the Arctic Tern and American Woodcock to the Turkey Vulture and Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Nature advisor: Birds is packed packed with gorgeous pictures that show fowl anatomy, flight, migration styles, breeding, habitats-all excellent for poultry staring at and straightforward identification.
- Stunning pictures revealing difficult info and precise good points of specimens
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- Clear, concise, and informative textual content convey the topics to life
- Specially commissioned close-up images and illustrations
- Carefully dependent profiles making sure you will find key information
- Entries prepared in intuitive different types or groupings for ease of reference
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Like gannets (p. 85), those tropicbirds have air-ﬁlled cells of their pores and skin, which cushion the impression as younger tropicbird although just like the grownup, they dive. Breeding on rocky the juvenile chicken develops coasts, they make no nest, tail streamers merely while and lay a unmarried egg. it really is the right age to reproduce. PELICANS AND family members | BALAENICIPITIDAE eighty one huge head massive invoice The storklike shoebill will get its identify from its huge, immense invoice, that is eight in (20 cm) lengthy, and lots more and plenty wider than a real stork’s. small tuft at the crown huge, huge wings slaty blue plumage PROFILE e f g b h i j ok l Balaeniceps rex top Nile Valley, Kenya, Tanzania, and adjoining nations SHOEBILL Swamp, specially in thick plants Classiﬁed in a family members of its personal, the shoebill is a special and hugely precise chook limited to Africa. it truly is immediately well-known through its invoice, which appears like an old style wood clog with a sharply hooked tip. This remarkable invoice is used for catching lungﬁsh— its favourite meals. Shoebills additionally consume small turtles, crocodiles, and mammals. They assault their prey whereas wading during the water, after which lunge ahead at excessive pace, with their wings unfold. when they have stuck their prey, they toss it into the air earlier than swallowing it head-ﬁrst. regardless of their top-heavy visual appeal, shoebills are solid ﬂiers, ﬂapping slowly over water and reedbeds. they're territorial, and are typically noticeable in ones and twos. each one pair claims as much as 2 sq. miles (5 sq. km) of swamp, protecting it opposed to different pairs. They nest at the floor, in a dry spot within the swamp, and lay chalky white eggs. normally silent, they sometimes clap their large debts, creating a hole klok. Nonmigrant four toes (1. 2 m) 12–14 lb (5. 5–6. five kg) cumbersome platform of rushes, grasses, and leaves, in a dry spot at the floor 2 eggs; 1 brood susceptible Solitary/pairs 82 PELICANS AND relations | FREGATIDAE PROFILE e f g b h i j ok l hot inshore and offshore waters of the Atlantic and Paciﬁc lengthy, hooked invoice regularly in coastal mangrove swamps Nonmigrant three 1⁄4 feet (100 cm) 2 1⁄2 –3 3⁄4 lb (1. 1–1. 7 kg) Fragile nest of twigs 1 egg; 1 brood Least situation Colonies all-black plumage grasp of the air The male magniﬁcent frigatebird has all-black plumage, and a shiny pink gular (throat) pouch. With its small ft, this chicken ﬁnds it difﬁcult to maneuver on land. related SPECIES Fregata magniﬁcens exceptional FRIGATEBIRD nice frigatebird present in the Indian Ocean; with deeply forked tail With its remarkably gentle physique and titanic, narrow wings, the magniﬁcent frigatebird is without doubt one of the so much aerial of all birds. It roosts on land, yet spends the daylight hours hovering and gliding over tropical seas. not like so much seabirds, it frequently hangs excessive overhead. The magniﬁcent frigatebird feeds by means of snatching ﬁsh from the ocean with no touchdown at the floor, however it can be a professional at robbing different birds in their catches in midair. It pursues its sufferers with remarkable agility, pecking at their tails until eventually they disgorge their meals.