The birdwatcher's handbook: a guide to the natural history of the birds of Britain and Europe


Journal Article

After an introductory note on how to use the guide and pointers on observing and recording bird biology, information is provided on 516 species which regularly breed in Europe and adjacent parts of the Middle East and North Africa. For each species the following details are presented in symbol form: nest location; nest type; who builds the nest; breeding system (monogamy, polygyny, polyandry and cooperative breeder); eggs, clutch size and broods; incubating sex; length of incubation; stage of development at hatching; who tends the young; time from hatching to fledging; diet; foraging techniques. In addition, text is provided on: breeding habitat; territorial/courtship displays; nesting; diet; over-wintering ecology; and conservation status. The volume also includes 170 short essays on topics as wide-ranging as species and speciation, preening and adaptations for flight. Species names are indexed in English, Latin, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Swedish. -S.R.Harris

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ehrlich, PR; Dobkin, DS; Wheye, D; Pimm, SL

Published Date

  • January 1, 1994

Published In

  • The Birdwatcher'S Handbook: a Guide to the Natural History of the Birds of Britain and Europe

Citation Source

  • Scopus