A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka by John Harrison

A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

byJohn HarrisonIllustratorTim Worfolk

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A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka is the first fully comprehensive, modern field guide to this ornithologically fascinating country. All of Sri Lanka's official avian species are described in the text and depicted in a collection of stunning colour plates painted by Tim Worfolk, one ofBritain's leading bird artists. The text, accessible to experienced ornithologists and beginners alike, highlights the important identification features such as plumage variations, size, calls and songs, range, distribution, and status for every species. The plates illustrate the various plumagevariations for each bird, and show the birds perched and also in flight, where relevant to their identification. An introduction to the guide describes briefly some of the best sites for watching Sri Lanka's abundant avifauna, and provides useful contact addresses for the prospective traveller. Thiswill be an essential purchase for all birdwatchers travelling to the region; the beautiful plates and clearly-written text will also make it a must-have for anyone who loves birds, and Sri Lankan birds in particular.

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John Harrison has had a lifelong interest in wildlife, and birds in particular. In 1973 he was appointed as a radio producer in the BBC Natural History Unit; during the 18 years he was there, he worked with most of the top naturalists and ornithologists in Britain. As a birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast, he has made many visits to S...
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Title:A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri LankaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.87 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:February 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199585679

ISBN - 13:9780199585670

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Table of Contents

BackgroundIntroduction to the CountryNotes on the GuideGlossaryTopography of a BirdFamily and Species DescriptionsGrebesPetrels and ShearwatersStorm-PetrelsTropicbirdsPelicansBoobiesCormorantsDartersFrigatebirdsHerons, Egrets, and BitternsStorksIbises and SpoonbillsFlamingosDucks and GeeseOspreyKites, Hawks, Eagles, Vulture, and HarriersFalconsPartridges, Quails, Spurfowl, Junglefowl, and PeafowlButtonquailsRails, Crakes, and CootsJacanaPainted-snipeCrab-ploverOystercatcherAvocet and StiltThick-kneesCourser and PratincolesPloversCurlews, Sandpipers, and SnipeSkuasGulls and TernsPigeons and DovesParakeets and LorikeetCuckoos, Koels, Malkohas, and CoucalsBarn OwlsOwlsFrogmouthNightjarsSwiftsTreeswiftTrogonKingfishersBee-eatersRollersHoopoeHornbillsBarbetsWoodpeckersPittaLarksSwallows and MartinsWagtails and PipitsCuckooshrikes and MinivetsBulbulsLeafbirds and IorasShrikesThrushes and ChatsBabblersOld World WarblersOld World FlycatchersMonarchs and FantailTitNuthatchFlowerpeckersSunbirdsWhite-eyesBuntingsFinchMunias and alliesSparrows and WeaversStarlings and MynasOriolesDrongosWoodswallowMagpie and CrowsAppendix: List of other reported but unconfirmed vagrantsBibliographyIndex