About the book...


Bird Identification Guide Sébastien Reeber


Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America


Waterfowl of North America, Europe & Asia

About the book...


This book was first published in November 2015 by Delachaux et Niestlé in French ("Canards, cygnes et oies d'Europe, d'Asie et d'Amérique du Nord") and in English by Bloomsbury Publishing ("Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America") as part of the Helm Identification Guides series, then in March 2016 by Princeton University Press ("Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia - An Identification Guide") in English for the American market and in 2017 by Kosmos ("Entenvögel - Europa, Asien und Nordamerika") in German.


Editors' presentations




From Bloomsbury Publishing


Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America is a comprehensive reference summarising current knowledge on the identification of the different species and subspecies of ducks, geese and swans in Europe, Asia and North America – in essence the Holarctic zoogeographical region. The detailed species accounts cover taxonomy, specific and subspecific identification features, determination of age and sex, geographic variation, measurements, voice, moult and hybridisation. In addition, the current status of each species is treated with up-to-date information on distribution, population size, habitat and life-cycle. The text is complemented by 650 colour photos, almost all taken in the wild, and 72 colour plates painted by the author and featuring over 920 individual artworks. Together, these represent most of the plumages of each of the 84 species treated in this book, as well as more than 100 hybrids that are observed more or less regularly in the wild. The photos are provided with captions that focus on the most important features, and the plates are accompanied by succinct caption text and distribution maps.


This new identification guide provides an unrivalled level of detail and a wealth of information and illustrations. It will be an essential reference for anyone interested in the ducks, geese and swans of Eurasia and North America.


From Princeton University Press


This is the ultimate guide for anyone who wants to identify the ducks, geese, and swans of North America, Europe, and Asia. With 72 stunning color plates (that include more than 920 drawings), over 650 superb photos, and in-depth descriptions, this book brings together the most current information on 84 species of Eurasian and North American waterfowl, and on more than 100 hybrids. The guide delves into taxonomy, identification features, determination of age and sex, geographic variations, measurements, voice, molt, and hybridization. In addition, the status of each species is treated with up-to-date details on distribution, population size, habitats, and life cycle. Color plates and photos are accompanied by informative captions and 85 distribution maps are also provided. Taken together, this is an unrivaled, must-have reference for any birder with an interest in the world's waterfowl.


•A guide to the 84 species of ducks, geese, and swans of Europe, Asia, and North America

•72 color plates with more than 920 illustrations of most plumages and subspecies, both in flight and standing

•More than 650 color photos

•Details on taxonomy, identification features, determination of age and sex, geographic variations, measurements, voice, molt, hybridization, habitat and life cycle, range and populations, and status in captivity

•85 distribution maps

•Descriptions and illustrations of more than 100 hybrids regularly encountered in the wild




"Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia compiles an impressive amount of information and illustrates an extraordinary number of figures. Reeber should be congratulated for compiling such a deep and rich resource on the subject. This guide is a significant contribution to the ornithological community."--Jessie Barry, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology





And other extracts...


“Sebastien Reeber's Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America is a comprehensive guide to ducks, geese and swans” -- BBC Wildlife


“Lives up to its billing as the "essential guide" for these fascinating and often confounding birds.” -- Sunday Express


“The book goes well beyond anything you would see in a basic field guide. A total of 84 species, as well as 100 regularly encountered hybrids, are comprehensively covered with 650 colour photographs and 72 colour plates featuring 920 individual illustrations and an encyclopaedic text.” -- Sunday Express


" It’s a great book, well written, comprehensive, and clearly extensively researched. Little details, like carefully written photo captions, help to add even more value. It’s how a Helm Identification Guides book should be. If you’re only allowed to ask Santa for one expensive book this Christmas, I suggest this one." -- Stephen Menzie's blog


"Extremely well produced and presented. I love this book."-- Greg Laden's Blog


"Not since Kortwright (1942), Bellrose (1942), Madge and Burn (1987) did their classic books on North American and global waterfowl has such a great book been produced."-- North Durham Nature Newsletter


"The sheer amount of information and the number of beautiful drawings and photographs will make this book invaluable to scientists, birders, naturalists, and collectors."-- Choice


"Waterfowl of North America, Europe & Asia ends the wait for a comprehensive look at the waterfowl of North America and Eurasia. Offering more than 920 excellent drawings and over 650 photographs, the illustrative value alone is worth the cost of admission."-- Carolina Bird Club Newsletter


"Waterfowl of North America, Europe and Asia (Princeton Univ. Press, 2016) may be the only identification book you’ll ever need. . . . Reeber’s book is a must-have for any duck club. I can’t imagine a better book to get lost in after a morning’s hunt. The beauty of the images, and the depth of the information on the various species will grab you and won’t let go."-- Hank Shaw, California Waterfowl



About the author


Sébastien Reeber was born in 1971 in Strasbourg, France, and also studied there. He has been working for the SNPN (Societe Nationale de Protection de la Nature/National Society for Nature Protection) since he was 23, at the Lac de Grand-Lieu National Nature Reserve, near Nantes, and he is currently in charge of monitoring birds there (censuses, specific studies and ringing). This lake is one of the main wintering and breeding sites for waterfowl in France and Western Europe, hence his interest in this group. He is also an active birdwatcher, an editorial board member of Ornithos and has served as a secretary on the French Rarities Committee since 2006.


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