The Falcons of the World.

London: William Collins and Co. Limited, 1982.

4to (309 x 230mm), pp. 188, [3 (bibliography)], [1 (index)]; colour-printed double-page title after Digby, 3 double-page and 39 full-page colour-printed illustrations in the text after Digby, illustrations and diagrams in the text, distribution maps in the text after Ron Hayward; original blue boards, spine lettered in gilt, dark-blue endpapers, dustwrapper; corners lightly bumped, dustwrapper slightly rubbed and creased at edges, price-clipped and a little faded, nonetheless a very good copy.

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First British edition. A comprehensive overview of the genus falco written by Tom J. Cade, Professor of Ornithology in the Division of Biological Sciences at Cornell University and Director of Raptor Research at the Laboratory of Ornithology. The first part discusses general scientific aspects of the genus – including classification, distribution and migration, feeding adaptations, size and flying performance, hunting success, reversed sexual dimorphism, and social behaviour and reproduction – and the second comprises the thirty-nine species descriptions, each of which is illustrated with paintings by the British ornithological artist Ron David Digby.

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