Wildfowl - ducks, geese and swans - are perhaps the most evocative and popular of all birds. They may be found in all continents and inhabit such varied places as tropical rain forest streams, high mountain lakes and even remote islands and the high Arctic. Yet nearer home many species may be found on reservoirs, lakes and estuaries. Their popularity as ornamental birds goes back over several centuries and allows a tremendous number of species to be seen in parks and at wildfowl collections, many of which are open to the public.
Wildfowl: An Identification Guide to the Ducks, Geese and Swans of the World brings together a concise review of all wildfowl, illustrating all major plumages and subspecies in colour to enable anyone, from beginner to advanced field worker, to identify wildfowl, whether in collections or in the wild. Many species, especially females and immatures, are rather difficult to identify, but the thorough treatment of the illustrations and text will guide you through the pitfalls. The beauty of many drakes in full plumage can be appreciated merely by glancing at the plates.
The 47 superb colour plates by Hilary Burn form the backbone of the book, each plate being accompanied by an informative caption page summarising the criteria required to identify, and in many cases, to age and sex each species along with colour world distribution maps and an easy-to-use cross-reference system to the main body of text.
The authoritative text by Steve Madge treats each species in depth, summarising identification, ageing and sexing features and concisely reviewing many aspects of behaviour, migration, distribution, population and the conservation of wildfowl species.
Wildfowl is a unique combination of scientifically accurate information compressed into an easy-to-use format which has been planned to give anyone a greater understanding of the lives of this fascinating group of birds.