Volume IX, Buntings and New World Warblers.
Published in 1994 by the Oxford University Press. Illustrated with black and white drawings and colour plates, together with tables and diagrams, including notation of the bird's songs and calls. At the rear there are extensive references, a large section of errata from the first edition indexes.
Published as an entirely new and authoritative work of reference taking in to account of the great advances made in ornithological knowledge since the publication of the Handbook of British Birds (1938-41), which for many years provided the basis on which ornithological research in the UK was built.
Ornithologists now work on a wider geographical basis, and this new Handbook covers the whole of the Western Palearctic, which includes all Europe together with the Middle East to Turkey, Iraq, and Jordan, and Africa south to about 19 degrees N.
The nine volumes of which this is the ninth, contain: Descriptions of over 770 species of birds occurring in the Western Palearctic, of which about 600 are breeding species.
Each breeding species is described in full, with entries averaging about 10 pages of text and sections on field characters, habitat, distribution, mortality, population (with maps showing the breeding and wintering areas), movements, food social pattern and behaviour, breeding, voice, plumages, moults, measurements, weights, structure, and geographical variation. Regular migrants and accidental species are also treated under these headings where relevant.
This volume contains descriptions of 61 species. Illustrations of each species in the form of specially commissioned colour plates, showing the full range of normal plumage together with more distant flight views. Colour plates of eggs, black-and-white illustrations, and many text-figures showing such features as display postures, voice sonagrams and melograms, and annual cycles.
A bibliography and indexes in each volume. This volume also contains indexes to all nine volumes. The Handbook is an indispensable work of reference, both for the professional scientist and for amateur ornithologists.
In very good condition. Complete with dust jacket, which does have some light patches of fading. The boards and pages are bright and clean with no annotations. The binding is tight.