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The World's Rarest Birds

4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This illustrated book vividly depicts the most endangered birds in the world and provides the latest information on the threats each species faces and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 571 bird species are classified as critically endangered or endangered, and a further four now exist only in captivity. This landmark book features stunning photographs of 500 of ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 14th 2013 by Princeton University Press (first published October 14th 2012)
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Mark Avery
Sep 22, 2013 Mark Avery rated it it was amazing
This book is actually about threatened birds rather than rare birds – it deals with those 197 species which are regarded as Critically Endangered and those 389 which are Endangered.

Having said that, many of these species are very rare. For example, there are (or were) 27 Sulu Hornbills in the world (on three islands in the Philippines). The forests where this species used to be more numerous have been felled for rubber and oil palm plantations – so, don’t worry, even if the bird goes extinct you
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Dorothy
May 23, 2013 Dorothy rated it it was amazing
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The most striking thing about this fascinating book is the wonderful photographs of birds. Many of the photographs were obtained through the method of organizing and running an international photo competition. More than 300 photographers from around the world submitted over 3,500 photographs. The winning images along with 800 others appear in the book. Yes, this is a very photo-rich volume!

There are some 650 birds that are considered Endangered or Critically Endangered by conservation groups wh
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Rosebud
Sep 27, 2013 Rosebud rated it really liked it
This was a large book full of beautiful pictures of the beautiful rare birds that live all over the earth. This was also a technical book about the status of the birds, and it categorized each one as to whether they were endangered (most were, increasing/decreasing in numbers, and how they are impacted by various environmental factors. I was especially happy to see a full-page picture of the ivory-billed woodpecker. I had read a book about a Cornell professor and his students who attempted to ta ...more
Two Readers in Love
Feb 02, 2016 Two Readers in Love rated it liked it
Beautiful, but heart-breaking. Particularly poignant were the seventy-six painstakingly researched, photo-realistic illustrations by Tomasz Cruz of Possibly Extinct birds, for which no photograph is believed to exist, or where no publishable image could be obtained.

I don't necessarily agree with all the authors' hypothesis as to past root causes, but that hardly matters as the bulk of the book focuses on the birds themselves, which makes the case for more research and conservation in the future
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T Crockett
Jul 05, 2014 T Crockett rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature
I was introduced to this book by an eight year old. He would flip through until an image or name caught his eye, then read all about the new and fantastic creature. The appeal is similar to The Guinness Book of World Records. It's full of the unexpected, unfamiliar and fascinating. The photography is gorgeous.
Rudolfo
Apr 29, 2014 Rudolfo rated it it was amazing
Very beautiful birds, depicted in full colour throughout this 360 page hardcover volume. The white-headed duck (with blue bill), Bannerman's Turaco, and Ethiopian Bush-Crow were some highlights for me. Photos of these can be seen on the internet. I was only able to briefly study the book.
Jane
Apr 03, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
This isn't the sort of book I read start to finish, but I did look through it carefully and was impressed. The quality of the photographs and layout is great. It seems well researched. It's a depressing topic but critically important.
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