fantastic book now comes in two versions; the original, large hardbacked
version and the new, smaller paperback version. Both versions cover
all of the world's raptor species, with the new paperback version
containing 25 raptors which have been elevated to species level
since the publication of the original book.
contains over 2000 illustrations of 313 species with adult, juvenile
and many immature plumages together with the main geographical races.
The illustrations also show both perched and flying birds as is
vital with this group and texts are placed opposite plates giving
details of length, wingspan, proportions, shape and flight pattern.
In some cases line drawings outlining specific identification and
behaviour points are given within the texts.
It should be
mentioned that the quality of the illustrations is excellent, providing
unrivalled assistance in identication of this often tricky group
on raptor migration, identification and breeding patterns are included
at the begining, providing an excellent introduction to the main
body of the book. Both versions of this book are reasonably priced
in comparison to other similar publications and I consider my copy
of the older version to have been well worth the price over the
last few years.