The species covered in this volume are described in terms of field characteristics, habitats, distribution, mortality and longevity, and population, (with maps showing the breeding and wintering areas), social patterns and behavior, breeding, food, voice, plumage, moults, measurements, weight, and geographical variation. Included in volume five are flycatchers, larks, martins, swallows, pipits, wagtails, bulbuls, waxwings, wrens, catbirds, thrashers, dunnocks, nightingales, rubythroats, bluetails, whinchats, stonechats, ant chats, wheatears, blackbirds, ring ouzels, fieldfares, redwings, and thrushes. Professional and amateur ornithologists and zoologists interested in the fauna of the western Palearctic will find this handbook invaluable.
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C. M. Perrins is Professor and Director of the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, University of Oxford.
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