Books > Collaborations > National Birds of the World (99) More files... Bloomsbury Natural History ISBN: 9781408178355
Birds are one of the most popular and visible forms of all wildlife and are inextricably linked with the development of human cultures all around the world. Over the years some of the most eye-catching species of bird have been officially or unofficially adopted by countries as symbols of their national identity; there are now almost 100 national birds spanning every imaginable group from condors to parrots, trogons to frigatebirds.

Both a comprehensive listing and guide book, National BIrds provides a range of information from species data to how these birds have been used and abused through the ages. It recounts tales of how they came to be adopted and presents a wide range of official and cultural contexts where they appear from feathers in tribal costumes to stamps and currency.
Central American Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao cyanoptera) feeding on flowers. La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center, Costa Rica.  -  Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Central American Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao cyanoptera) feeding on flowers. La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center, Costa Rica.
African fish eagle {Haliaeetus vocifer} swooping down in flight, Chobe NP, Botswana  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / African fish eagle {Haliaeetus vocifer} swooping down in flight, Chobe NP, Botswana
Red-billed Streamertail {Trochilus polytmus} male feeding on Bleeding Heart Vine {Clerodendrum thomsoniae} Rocklands, Montego Bay, Jamaica.  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Red-billed Streamertail {Trochilus polytmus} male feeding on Bleeding Heart Vine {Clerodendrum thomsoniae} Rocklands, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Bald Eagle {Haliaeetus leucocephalus} in flight, Alaska, USA.  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Bald Eagle {Haliaeetus leucocephalus} in flight, Alaska, USA.
Robin perched on boot {Erithacus rubecula} UK  -  TJ Rich
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TJ Rich / Robin perched on boot {Erithacus rubecula} UK
African fish eagle {Haliaeetus vocifer} catching fish, Chobe NP, Botswana. Sequence 2/3  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / African fish eagle {Haliaeetus vocifer} catching fish, Chobe NP, Botswana. Sequence 2/3
Secretary bird in tree top Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Secretary bird in tree top Masai Mara, Kenya
Siamese fireback pheasant (Lophura diardi) displaying, captive, from south east Asia.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Siamese fireback pheasant (Lophura diardi) displaying, captive, from south east Asia.
Siamese fireback pheasant (Lophura diardi) female, captive, from south east Asia.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Siamese fireback pheasant (Lophura diardi) female, captive, from south east Asia.
Secretary bird {Sagittarius serpentarius} captive  -  Barry Bland
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Barry Bland / Secretary bird {Sagittarius serpentarius} captive
Hispaniolan stripe-headed tanager (Spindalis dominicensis) in tree, Dominican Republic, Hispaniola, Caribbean.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Hispaniolan stripe-headed tanager (Spindalis dominicensis) in tree, Dominican Republic, Hispaniola, Caribbean.
Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberi) captive. Critically endangerded species.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Montserrat Oriole (Icterus oberi) captive. Critically endangerded species.
Barbary partridges (Alectoris barbara) Lanzarote, Canary Islands.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Barbary partridges (Alectoris barbara) Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Aztec sculpture of Quetzalcoatl, a mesoamerican feathered serpent deity in human form, from 1400-1500s, Mexico,The Louvre, Paris France.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Aztec sculpture of Quetzalcoatl, a mesoamerican feathered serpent deity in human form, from 1400-1500s, Mexico,The Louvre, Paris France.
'Eggin i Gledivik?' by Siguraur Guamundsson, ?34 giant granite eggs along the coast? at Djupivogur, Iceland, June 2011.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / 'Eggin i Gledivik?' by Siguraur Guamundsson, ?34 giant granite eggs along the coast? at Djupivogur, Iceland, June 2011.
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) stretching wings, Singapore.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) stretching wings, Singapore.
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudata) feeding on grasshopper, Masai Mara,  Kenya  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudata) feeding on grasshopper, Masai Mara, Kenya
Common peafowl (Pavo cristatus) male displaying, Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Common peafowl (Pavo cristatus) male displaying, Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) in flight, Caerlaverock WWT, Scotland, Solway, UK, January.  -  Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) in flight, Caerlaverock WWT, Scotland, Solway, UK, January.
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) Finland October  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) Finland October
Purple crested turaco / lourie (Tauraco porphyreolophus) Mkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa, May.  -  Ann & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Purple crested turaco / lourie (Tauraco porphyreolophus) Mkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa, May.
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) drinking at water's edge, calling, Helgoland, Germany. May  -  Bernard Castelein
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Bernard Castelein / Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) drinking at water's edge, calling, Helgoland, Germany. May
Resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) male at entrance to nest hole in tree, El Triunfo biosphere reserve, Sierra Madre del Sur, Chiapas, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil
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Patricio Robles Gil / Resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) male at entrance to nest hole in tree, El Triunfo biosphere reserve, Sierra Madre del Sur, Chiapas, Mexico
Crowned crane (Balearica pavonina) displaying, Ngorongoro, Tanzania  -  Neil Lucas
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Neil Lucas / Crowned crane (Balearica pavonina) displaying, Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Bare throated bellbird {Procnias nudicollis} perched, calling, Brazil, Vulnerable species  -  Nick Gordon
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Nick Gordon / Bare throated bellbird {Procnias nudicollis} perched, calling, Brazil, Vulnerable species
Crowned crane (Balearica pavonina) in flight, Lake Manyara, Tanzania  -  Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Crowned crane (Balearica pavonina) in flight, Lake Manyara, Tanzania
RF- African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) with fish in claws. Chobe, Botswana. May 2008. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / RF- African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) with fish in claws. Chobe, Botswana. May 2008. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Bananaquit {Coereba flaveola} two adults on Heliconia plant, Costa Rica  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Bananaquit {Coereba flaveola} two adults on Heliconia plant, Costa Rica
St Lucia amazon {Amazona versicolor} male, captive, from St Lucia, West Indies  -  Rod Williams
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Rod Williams / St Lucia amazon {Amazona versicolor} male, captive, from St Lucia, West Indies
Golden winged grosbeak {Rhynchostruthus socotranus socotranus}, Wadi Ayhaft, Socotra, Yemen  -  Hanne & Jens Eriksen
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Hanne & Jens Eriksen / Golden winged grosbeak {Rhynchostruthus socotranus socotranus}, Wadi Ayhaft, Socotra, Yemen
Golden winged grosbeak {Rhynchostruthus socotranus socotranus} by water, Wadi Ayhaft, Socotra, Yemen  -  Hanne & Jens Eriksen
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Hanne & Jens Eriksen / Golden winged grosbeak {Rhynchostruthus socotranus socotranus} by water, Wadi Ayhaft, Socotra, Yemen
Common / Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus) adult eating Cottontail / rabbit, Starr County, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA. May 2002  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Common / Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus) adult eating Cottontail / rabbit, Starr County, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA. May 2002
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) perched on branch, Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad, Caribbean  -  Nigel Bean
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Nigel Bean / Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) perched on branch, Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad, Caribbean
Crested / Common caracara {Caracara plancus} in flight, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA.  -  Tom Vezo
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Tom Vezo / Crested / Common caracara {Caracara plancus} in flight, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA.
Blue rock thrush {Monticola solitarius} Jabel Hafeet, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates  -  Hanne & Jens Eriksen
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Hanne & Jens Eriksen / Blue rock thrush {Monticola solitarius} Jabel Hafeet, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Bananaquit {Coereba flaveola} adult feeding on Banana blossom, Luquillo, Puerto Rico, USA.  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Bananaquit {Coereba flaveola} adult feeding on Banana blossom, Luquillo, Puerto Rico, USA.
Red-billed Streamertail {Trochilus polytmus} male, Rocklands, Montego Bay, Jamaica.  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Red-billed Streamertail {Trochilus polytmus} male, Rocklands, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Common / Crested caracara on nest {Caracara plancus} Torres del Paine NP, Chile  -  Hermann Brehm
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Hermann Brehm / Common / Crested caracara on nest {Caracara plancus} Torres del Paine NP, Chile
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African fish eagle fishing {Haliaeetus vocifer} Chobe NP, Botswana  -  Sharon Heald
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Sharon Heald / African fish eagle fishing {Haliaeetus vocifer} Chobe NP, Botswana
Brown pelican flying over water {Pelecanus occidentalis} Mexico.  -  Tom Vezo
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Tom Vezo / Brown pelican flying over water {Pelecanus occidentalis} Mexico.
Crowned cranes at water. Tanzania.  -  Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Crowned cranes at water. Tanzania.
Pair of African fish eagles perched {Haliaeetus vocifer} Caprivi Strip, Namibia  -  Richard Du Toit
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Richard Du Toit / Pair of African fish eagles perched {Haliaeetus vocifer} Caprivi Strip, Namibia
Raggiana bird of paradise (Paradisaea raggiana) male displaying to female at lek, Papua New Guinea, Varirata NP  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Raggiana bird of paradise (Paradisaea raggiana) male displaying to female at lek, Papua New Guinea, Varirata NP
Andean Cock-of-the-Rock female at lek {Rupicola peruvianus}. Manu cloud forest, Peru, South America.  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Andean Cock-of-the-Rock female at lek {Rupicola peruvianus}. Manu cloud forest, Peru, South America.
Seychelles black parrot {Coracopsis nigra barklyi} Praslin, Seychelles  -  David Pike
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David Pike / Seychelles black parrot {Coracopsis nigra barklyi} Praslin, Seychelles
Male Blackbird with chicks in nest {Turdus merula} UK  -  George McCarthy
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George McCarthy / Male Blackbird with chicks in nest {Turdus merula} UK
Crowned crane flying (Balearica pavonina) Lake Manyara Tanzania  -  Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Crowned crane flying (Balearica pavonina) Lake Manyara Tanzania
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