Josep del Hoyo, Editor. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain. 2020: 967 pages, 20,864 color illustrations, 11,558 distribution maps. ISBN 978-84-16728-37-4. 85 € (hardcover).

This book has a large format, with a 9 × 12 inch page size and weighing 4.8 kg, and includes species accounts for 11,524 species of birds. The vast majority of the painted color images that illustrate each species originally appeared in the Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) (17 volumes, 1992–2013), the first of the Lynx Edicions' publications. In the Preface, del Hoyo traces the history of the formation of Lynx Edicions publishing house in 1989, and the subsequent publication of HBW and the BirdLife International Checklist of the Birds of the World (2 volumes, 2014, 2016), the forerunners of the current volume. At first glance, this new book may look incomplete because there is no text accompanying each species' account, but a...

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