Call it Bird University. This gloriously illustrated volume provides comprehensive college-level information about birds and their environments in a style accessible to nonscientists and teachers the world over. TheHandbook of Bird Biologycovers all major topics, from anatomy and physiology to ecology, behavior, and conservation biology. One full chapter addresses vocal communication and is accompanied by a CD of bird vocalizations. Produced by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's world-renowned Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, the CD illustrates key elements of bioacoustics. The book's text was written by 12 leading ornithologists and illustrated by respected photographers and acclaimed artist John Schmitt. It includes an extensive glossary and index, a list of the common and scientific names of all birds mentioned in the text, author profiles, suggested readings following each chapter, and a complete reference section. TheHandbookserves as the backbone of the Lab's popular Home Study Course in Bird Biology, a self-paced course that can be taken from anywhere in the world, by anyone with a serious interest in birds who would like guidance from professional ornithologists. Comprehensive and readable guide covering all major topics Free CD of bird vocalizations enclosed Extensive glossary and index List of all common and scientific names Suggested readings Complete reference section Companion to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's popular Home Study Course in Bird BiologyCornell Laboratory of Ornithology Staff is the author of 'Handbook Of Bird Biology ', published 2004 under ISBN 9780938027621 and ISBN 093802762X.