Rails: A Guide to Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World

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A&C Black, 30 août 2010 - 600 pages
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This is a guide to rails, a relatively homogenous family of birds spread throughout the world. Most species are solitary and somewhat secretive, and therefore high on the wanted lists of many birders, but the moorhens and coots are generally common and familiar birds of wetlands. A number of species are flightless and confined to small islands, and several are extinct as a result of man and introduced predators.
 

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INTRODUCTION
9
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
10
LAYOUT AND SCOPE OF THE BOOK
13
TOPOGRAPHY
24
PHYLOGENY AND CLASSIFICATION
26
MORPHOLOGY AND FLIGHTLESSNESS
33
HABITAT
36
FOOD AND FORAGING
39
BEHAVIOUR
44
BREEDING
49
MOVEMENTS
52
CONSERVATION AND EXTINCTION
56
COLOUR PLATES
63
SYSTEMATIC SECTION
151
BIBLIOGRAPHY
558
INDEX OF SCIENTIFIC AND ENGLISH NAMES
593

VOICE
42

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