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By Steve Madge,Hilary Burn

one hundred twenty species of crows, jays and their allies exist on this planet this present day. Many are really appealing in color, grace and shape, while others are black and a little sinister in visual appeal. In no different crew of perching birds has evolution produced the sort of measure of version, from the tiny Hume's Ground-Jay of the steppe-highlands of Tibet to the massive Thick-billed Raven of the mountains of Ethiopia. a few have had a protracted organization with humans and seem in stories of mythology and superstition, whereas others were considered as agricultural pests. the good majority, notwithstanding, stay principally unknown, their purely touch with humanity being the destruction in their specialized habitats. for this reason, greater than 20 species are actually considered as the world over endangered, a few of that are very poorly known.

The 30 exceptional color plates through Hilary Burn during this publication depict all of them; each one plate is observed via an informative caption web page summarising the standards required to spot the species, along color global distribution maps. a few of these birds, bearing such evocative names because the Banggai Crow, Mesopotamian Crow and Flores Crow, have by no means been illustrated before.

The authoritative textual content by means of Steve Madge treats each one species extensive, summarising id strategies and concisely reviewing all points of corvid behaviour, distribution, inhabitants and taxonomy. the writer has had first-hand adventure of many of the species in the course of his travels during the international, travels within which he progressively turned fascinated about this very designated, yet a bit overlooked, staff of birds.

Crows and Jays is a mix of scientifically exact details and an id consultant, deliberate to provide a person, no matter if a birdwatcher or biologist, a better knowing of the lives of those appealing, but very complicated, staff of birds. it is going to definitely be a customary paintings of reference for a few years to come.

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