Jonathan Elphick, BSc, FZS, FLS, is a highly regarded wildlife writer, editor, consultant, lecturer and broadcaster, specializing in ornithology. During a career spanning over 40 years, he has worked on many books, including spending twelve years as specialist researcher on Birds Britannica and Birds & People. He has also written a variety of titles, such as the bestseller Birdsong, Birds: The Art of Ornithology and the award-winning Birdwatcher's Handbook, and was a contributing editor on Natural History Museum Atlas of Bird Migration. David Tipling has worked as a freelance wildlife photographer since 1992. He is one of the most widely published wildlife photographers in the world and his pictures have been used on hundreds of book and magazine covers, and regularly on TV. He has written and been the commissioned photographer for more than 40 books on birds and wildlife photography that include the best selling RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography. He has received the European Nature Photographer of the Year Documentary Award for his work, and has multiple wins in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
"...a brilliantly detailed, wide-ranging guide to every aspect of the way birds live their lives...Whatever you want to know about bird behaviour, distribution, physiology or classification, you can find it somewhere in these 600 pages." The Guardian; "As one might expect from Elphick, there is a platinum standard to the book's accuracy ... it is also bang up to date ... this is a wonderfully authoritative, but also carefully compressed, statement on all things avian. My guess is that it will be a baseline reference for years to come." Mark Cocker, Birdwatch; "weighty this book may be, but Elphick displays a light touch, his unfussy writing clarifying difficult concepts ... encyclopaedic in both ambition and achievement, and a tome to be treasured." BBC Wildlife magazine; "this book reminds me of how even the most familiar of birds are full of surprises ... beautiful, inspiring and concise." New Scientist