Good copy of the first edition with dust jacket. Slightly shaken, rubbing to boards and edges. Oxford Bird Families of the World, Volume 17. Identification and breeding biology.
The pelecaniformes are a large and important group of seabirds, containing many spectacular species. This book addresses the breeding biology of the six pelecaniform families, which comprise the closely-related core groups (pelicans, cormorants/shags, darters, gannets/boobies) and their more distant relatives, the frigate birds and tropic birds. Each volume provides a comprehensive and accurate synthesis of our knowledge of one bird family or several related families 5 general chapters on the biology, feeding ecology, breeding behaviour, evolutionary relationships, and conservation of the birds in the family 12 specially commissioned colour plates by John Busby, showing adults of all species and many juveniles, immatures and subspecies 159 black-and-white drawings illustrating special features and behaviour Descriptions of each individual species, including appearance, weights, and measurements; field characters; voice; habitat and food; breeding behaviour; life cycle; and range and status (with distribution map). This provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date species-level information available.