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By Steve Madge,Hilary Burn

one hundred twenty species of crows, jays and their allies exist on this planet at the present time. Many are incredibly attractive in color, grace and shape, while others are black and slightly sinister in visual appeal. In no different staff of perching birds has evolution produced any such 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 an extended organization with humans and seem in stories of mythology and superstition, whereas others were considered as agricultural pests. the nice majority, in spite of the fact that, stay principally unknown, their simply touch with humanity being the destruction in their specialized habitats. subsequently, greater than 20 species are actually considered as across the world endangered, a few of that are very poorly known.

The 30 remarkable color plates via Hilary Burn during this e-book depict all of them; every one plate is followed by way of an informative caption web page summarising the factors required to spot the species, along color international 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 identity concepts and concisely reviewing all features 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 in the course of the international, travels during which he progressively turned enthusiastic about this very unique, yet a little overlooked, team of birds.

Crows and Jays is a mixture of scientifically actual info and an identity advisor, deliberate to provide somebody, no matter if a birdwatcher or biologist, a better knowing of the lives of those attractive, but very advanced, team of birds. it's going to absolutely be a customary paintings of reference for a few years to come.

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