W.L.N. Tickell

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Albatrosses are long-lived seabirds that have long impressed those who travel the oceans, although this admiration has not prevented them from being killed in large numbers. They are famed for their supreme adaptations to the marine environment, breeding on remote islands and spending most of their lives at sea flying immense distances.

Drawing on his own fieldwork and a comprehensive review of the literature, W.L.N. Tickell now presents the first comparative account of the albatross family. He explores albatross natural history from a geographic point of view, arranging the birds in four groups for convenience. He describes the various forms within each group, their distribution and breeding biology, as well as comparative treatments of moult, flight, behavior, and ecology. He concludes with a review of conservation and human attitudes toward albatrosses. His authoritative text is accompanied by numerous maps, tables, diagrams, and color photographs.

W.L.N. Tickell has been a warden naturalist, lecturer in zoology, and consultant with the BBC Natural History Unit for three television films about albatrosses. He was also a producer for the acclaimed series “Life in the Freezer.”

“This is unquestionably the definitive work on this group of birds, a book that has to be in every serious ornithological library and the collection of every seabird biologist and pelagic enthusiast in the world. . . . This is a superb book.”—Bird Watcher’s Digest

“Naturalist Tickell, a noted albatross researcher, offers a comprehensive review of the biology of these birds, compiled from the scientific literature. His definitive work organizes the 24 species accounts by commonly known groups. . . . The essential reference for anyone with serious interests in albatrosses.”—Choice

“This volume is an excellent model for a monograph on any group of animals. The depth of detail and research is daunting. . . . [H]ighly recommended for academic and public libraries.”—Bruce C. Neville, E-Streams

“This book is the first comparative account of the albatross family. It explores albatross natural history from a geographic point of view, arranging the birds in four groups for convenience. An in-depth analysis of an interesting group of birds, amply illustrated and authoritatively related.”—Charles E. Keller, Indiana Audubon Quarterly

“Anyone interested in these large, long-lived wanderers of the high seas will enjoy this comprehensive account of the albatross family.”—Science

“If you want to know the details of the land-based portion of an albatross’s life this is the book for you. . . . This book will be primarily of interest to scientists and the more serious visitors to albatross islands. It is written in a scholarly style, but is easily read by the non-scientist. . . . A good reference source for both naturalists and historians.”—Roy John, The Canadian Field-Naturalist

“Tickell has produced a definitive text that was meticulously and exhaustively researched, but he also drew from personal experiences to add authority to the book. . . . Most highly recommended for ornithologists, zoologists, naturalists, researchers, birders, or anyone interested in some of the world’s most amazing birds.”—Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist

ISBN: 9780300087413
Publication Date: September 10, 2000
Publishing Partner: Published in association with Christopher Helm/A & C Black
448 pages, 7 1/4 x 9 1/2
32 color illus.