Have the world of birds at your fingertips
The Handbook of Bird Biology is an essential reference for birdwatchers, college students, and educators. Since its first publication by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in 1972, tens of thousands of students and bird enthusiasts have transformed their understanding of the avian world using this comprehensive text. The fully revised 3rd edition provides expanded and updated coverage written by world-renowned ornithologists from Cornell and beyond. Now with full color illustrations and a companion media library.
What’s inside the book
- Why Study Birds?
- Avian Diversity and Classification
- How Birds Evolve
- Feathers and Plumages
- Avian Flight
- Avian Anatomy
- Bird Physiology
- Avian Food and Foraging
- Avian Mating and Social Behavior
- Avian Vocal Behavior
- Breeding Biology of Birds
- Avian Migration and Dispersal
- Ecology of Bird Populations
- Bird Communities
- Bird Conservation
Companion media library
In addition to the full color illustrations in the book, each chapter has been supplemented with complimentary online material to help you learn more. Rich multimedia content illustrates and expands on content from the book. All organized in a chapter-by-chapter online library.
All of the 650+ figures in the Handbook of Bird Biology, 3rd. Edition are available for free download in PowerPoint format courtesy of Wiley. A valuable reference tool and a great way to amplify your teaching.
You can learn even more with the comprehensive Ornithology course
Study birds with the comprehensive ornithology course from the Cornell Lab using the Handbook of Bird Biology, 3rd. Edition as your guide. Read each chapter in the Handbook, explore in more depth using the online materials embedded in this course,
then take the exams to earn your badge and certificate.
Order your copy of the much anticipated Handbook of Bird Biology today. You can also combine your book purchase with the comprehensive Ornithology course to get the most out of this exciting new text.
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Here’s what the experts think
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I can’t imagine a better textbook, or a general reference for aspiring or established ornithologists and naturalists.Craig W. Benkman, Robert B. Berry Distinguished Chair in Ecology, University of Wyoming
…this book is full memorable and well explained information and of course, beautiful depictions of birds of all feathers.Mark E. Hauber, Editor of The Auk and Interim University Vice Provost for Research, City University of New York
…a stimulating read and a wonderful reference volume for anyone curious about birds from any level of expertise.Peter Marra, Director, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
…anyone wanting a single resource to organize their learning of conceptual principles of modern biology could do no better than this book, Darren E. Irwin, Professor of Zoology and Curator of Birds at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, University of British Columbia
…a remarkable achievement – it is a must have for every professional and amateur ornithologist or other ‘student’ interested in birds and natural systems.Bette Loiselle, Director, Tropical Conservation and Development Program & Professor, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
It is extremely well written and beautifully designed, making it a pleasure to read. …both user-friendly and of the highest academic quality.Arnon Lotem, Professor, Department of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University
The book will serve equally well as an introduction to bird biology for the interested layperson or as a text for a university course in ornithology. A truly remarkable and comprehensive book, it will also provide a useful reference and refresher
for the professional ornithologist.Richard T. Holmes, Harris Professor of Environmental Biology Emeritus, Dartmouth College
Whether you are simply fascinated by how birds have become adapted to nearly every corner of our planet –including the mastery of flight – or have a deep academic interest in this group of animals, The Handbook of Bird Biology is an unrivaled
resource.Rebecca Safran, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
…I recommend the Handbook of Bird Biology with much enthusiasm to everyone interested in learning about birds and submerging into their fascinating biology.Pablo Luis Tubaro, Curator of Ornithology and Director, Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales