We have looked at books from Lynx Edicions before and every volume has exceeded expectations. So while the title of this one was a pretty bold claim, we were not skeptical in the least.
We enjoyed seeing the logo cutout on the inside flap. We also appreciated Lynx’s use of completely recyclable cardboard for all aspects of the packaging.
The book is well organized, making it easy to look up things. The book is “live” in that it has codes that direct readers to videos and sound recordings. But this book is more—way, way more—than those features. Regardless of which page the reader opens to, there is something fascinating on it. The book is not just a great reference, it’s a book for random arm-chair explorations (which always produce the most exciting finds).
- Every species : 11,524
- 20,865 illustrations
- 11,558 distribution maps
- QR codes for videos, photos, and sound recordings
The 900+ pages are printed on Magno satin paper sourced from managed, sustainable forests. Magno satin offers the highest levels of whiteness, gloss, and opacity for the best print results.
All species known to have become extinct since the year 1500 presented separately in their own appendix.
The layout shows the variety in any given family, allows easy comparison of species, and drills down on the details—all on the same page.
RainyDayIntern Eliot was immediately intrigued by this book and has spent many days getting on top of everything it has to offer.
A reader can leaf leisurely through its pages while sitting an easy chair, but we found All the Birds of the World even more enjoyable/fascinating when paired with good lighting and a magnifier, because there is a lot of information efficiently packed into each block on every page.
- All the English and scientific names (from eBird);
- Checkboxes for personal record-keeping;
- IUCN/BirdLife International conservation status;
- Distribution maps; and
We have looked at many bird-related publications from Lynx Edicions over the years (Handbook, Checklist, etc), and All the Birds of the World differs from them in that this single volume is an attempt to make the avian world accessible to the growing population of birders, both in presentation and price.
This single, easy-to-use, and fully illustrated volume belongs in the library of everyone interested in the richness and diversity of the world’s avifauna.
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