All the Birds of the World

A single reference illustrating every species of bird in the world.

by Allen Hale • November 05, 2020

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All the Birds of the World

New Arrival: All the Birds of the World

With a set of the Handbook of the Birds of the World (1992-2013) in my personal library and not obsessive about maintaining a list of all the birds I’ve seen, I was somewhat skeptical about adding a copy of All the Birds of the World to my collection of bird books. However, after careful study of the ‘Introduction’ and looking up a few species of special interest to me, I was astounded by the amount of information that could be contained in a single, albeit heavy, volume. Not only is every species, male and female, illustrated in color, but subspecies as well. A range map in color, while necessarily small, is provided for the main species along with a symbol indicating its conservation status.  

Two additional unique features are a QR code that links you to the online resources of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a circle divided into four quadrants which provides information on differences in status based on the most widely used four major world checklists (where such differences exist).  As a bonus feature, these quadrants can also be used as a checklist to track your life list in four categories.

All the Birds of the World is the remarkable culmination of a project decades in the making. This unique and valuable reference work should be of interest to anyone seriously interested in birds. Among its goals are the encouragement and promotion of an interest in birds and, through this, to have a positive impact on conservation. This book accomplishes these goals admirably.  

Allen Hale
Senior Buyer
Buteo Books

The easiest and most enjoyable way to browse through all the birds of the world and compare them. For the first time ever, you can literally contemplate All the Birds of the World together in a single, easy-to-use, fully-illustrated volume. Created for a broad audience, from novice birders to expert ornithologists and anyone interested in the spectacular diversity of birds, this fascinating book has something for everyone to discover. Presents every taxon accepted as species by any of the four major world lists: 11,524 species in total. 20,865 illustrations covering sexual dimorphism, morphs and many distinctive subspecies. 11,558 distribution maps with altitudinal ranges included. All 3313 one-country endemic species marked. IUCN/BirdLife International conservation status given. Taxonomic treatment by the four major world lists indicated and compared. Nomenclatural discrepancies explained. All English and scientific names from eBird included. QR codes for instant access to videos, photos and sound recordings species-by-species. Checkboxes for personal record-keeping. All species known to have become extinct since the year 1500 presented separately in their own appendix. A 37-page world atlas of color reference maps with all the details that interest birders and ornithologists. The easiest and most enjoyable way to browse through all the birds of the world and compare them.

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