The Complete Birds of the World: Every Species Illustrated

by Arlott, Norman, Ber van Perlo, Francisco Erize, Jorge Raul Rodriguez Mata, Maurice Rumboll, and Martin R. De la Pena
The Complete Birds of the World: Every Species Illustrated
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The Complete Birds of the World: Every Species Illustrated

by Arlott, Norman, Ber van Perlo, Francisco Erize, Jorge Raul Rodriguez Mata, Maurice Rumboll, and Martin R. De la Pena

Format: Hardcover

Release Date: 8/25/2021

Code: 15152

Condition: New

Dust Jacket: New

$65.00
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Product Details

The ultimate reference book for birdwatchers and bird lovers - the first single-volume book to illustrate all of the world's bird species.

This is a book like no other - the only truly comprehensive, one-volume illustrated guide to all of the world's birds, covering the complete International Ornithological Union Checklist of Birds of the World. Featuring more than 300 stunning large-format, full-color plates, this accessible and authoritative encyclopedic reference presents incredibly detailed, accurate, and beautiful paintings of more than 10,250 species by some of the world's best bird artists, led by the legendary Norman Arlott and Ber van Perlo. In addition, The Complete Birds of the World provides detailed but concise identification information about each species on facing pages - including facts about voice, habitat, and geographic distribution. The result is a visual and verbal feast that captures the astonishing variety of bird life around the planet - and that will be cherished by any birder.

Illustrates more than 10,250 species, covering the complete International Ornithological Union Checklist of Birds of the World, and including all major adult plumages for each; Features more than 300 stunning large-format, full-color plates by some of the world's leading bird artists; Presents detailed but concise identification information about each species on facing pages - including facts about voice, habitat, and geographic distribution.

Our Opinion:

From our guest reviewer, John Wattai:

The second one-volume compendium of all the world’s birds published in 2021. This one wins hands-down! Yes, the Lynx All the Birds of the World includes more species & loads of subspecies, but the plates are utilitarian & not exciting. Incorporating distribution maps just clutters the layout.They were laid-out by a graphics person; this book has plates designed by an artist & it shows. These images are richer & far more visually arresting than the Lynx. No distribution maps, but of what use are they in a book like this? You’ll never be toting this in the field! Books like this is aren’t meant to be read, but, rather, looked at! On that score this book is a clear winner. Are there problems? Yes, the most glaring being co-principal illustrator, van Perlo. His rough, sketch-like figures really fall apart when enlarged to quarto size & in close proximity to the more refined work of Mr. Arlott. Also, the binding seems more fragile than the Lynx (perhaps because they have a long history of publishing big, heavy books!).  Despite van Perlo, a very beautiful book. The parade of so many species speaks eloquently to the wonders of evolution! Should be in any bird book collector’s (or birder’s) library.

One last thing about those two Birds of the World books. Despite their claims as being the first illustrated one-volume publications of all the birds of the world, they are both wrong! A British birder named Tim Westoll took it upon himself to produce a Complete Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World  in 1998. And he painted all 367 plates by himself! An amazing feat, despite the art being very amateurish!


ISBN: 9780691193922

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Year of Publication: 2021

Page Count: 656

Shipping Weight: 7.00 lb