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Extinct birds

Author: Errol Fuller
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Comstock Pub., ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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"Since 1600 some 80 bird species have become extinct. The author of this text has drawn on a wide range of sources for his accounts of these birds, their habits and demise, with evidence of preserved specimens brought to life by the eye-witness accounts of early travellers and explorers. Their stories are sometimes tantalizingly slight: isolated sightings of a single bird may be the only evidence that a species ever  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fuller, Errol.
Extinct birds.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Comstock Pub., ©2001
(OCoLC)631194453
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Errol Fuller
ISBN: 080143954X 9780801439544
OCLC Number: 46671147
Description: 398 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Ratites --
Tinamous, penguins, divers, grebes --
Albatrosses and petrels --
Pelicans and related birds --
Herons, storks and related birds --
Waterfowl --
Birds of prey --
Gallinaceous birds --
Rails and related birds --
Gulls, wading birds and murres --
Pigeons and doves --
Parrots --
Cuckoos, owls and goatsuckers --
Kingfishers, woodpeckers, etc. --
Perching birds --
Hypothetical species and mystery birds.
Responsibility: by Errol Fuller.
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We learn from an early age that nothing is quite so dead as a dodo. We've heard stories of flocks of passenger pigeons once darkening the skies over North America, only to be reduced to a single  Read more...

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