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Finches and Softbilled Birds
Finches and Softbilled Birds
Author: Bob Busenbark, Henry J. Bates
ISBN-13: 9780876664216
ISBN-10: 0876664214
Publication Date: 7/1984
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Publisher: Thomasson Grant & Howell
Book Type: Hardcover
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This book represents the most complete and athoratative volume ever published on Finches and Soft-Billed birds. Within the scope of this tome, you will find represented and described, every species of soft-billed bird that has ever been seen, exibited and sold in some of the beautiful feathered creatures in this catagory that are so very rare that they are curiousities and have never reached a retail outlet, wherethe hobbiest could find and add them to his collection.
FINCHES and SOFT-BILLED BIRDS is much more than just a bird book; it is a comprehensive and informative reference work on the subject it encompasses. This is accomplish through the obviously athoritative material, the hundreds of photographs in both black & white and color that grace this book and the very careful & complete indexing.
The sections on care, feeding and breeding give evidence that the authors are the most knowledgable authorities on the subject in the country today. Coupled with the valuable library material are the magnificent photographs by Louise Van der Meid, America's leading animal photographer. More than 2 years were spent in photographing the soft-billed birds for this book. Her photographs make identification a simple process.
In this revised edition we have added over 40 more superb photographs to our color section. This visual beauty comes to us from the private portfolios of the finest photographers in this field on the European continent. The names of such lensmen as Horst Muller, Schrempp, Willmund, Dr. Jesse, Lacy, and others of the like eminence are represented in this collection.
This book is for the hobbiest, breeder and dealer in birds. It is more complete in written material, more fully illustrated, more athoratative than any other book on the subject, in any language.

The cover of this book has a beautiful color photo of a male Gouldian Finch. This book may be older, but the birds still look the same, eat the same food, and breed in the same ways in the same types of habitats. So it is still a valuable information source for a bird hobbiest, in my opinion. Long ago, I used to own many varieties of finches & found this to be a great info source.
My copy has one page in front where I cut off my book stamp I.D. And three pages that have a small "V" cut shape, that I have my Blue & Gold Macaw, Hawkeye to thank for. Other than that, the book is in good shape.