As new hardcover in dust jacket of the first printing. Volume 12 in the Oxford Bird Families of the World series. 16 color paintings by the author illuminate this reference work, along with 116 drawings illustrating special features and behavior. Grebes are unusual and fascinating birds, with spectacular courtship behavior and floating nests which enable them to spend their entire lives on water. Fjeldsa provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of their origin and evolution, biology, and how they have adapted to exploit their environment, beautifally illustrated with maps, line figures, and his own stunning full-color paintings.