Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands is a comprehensiveguide to the bird life of Madagascar, the Seychelles, theComoros, and the Mascarenes - an area that boasts highlevels of endemism. This new, expanded edition is fullyupdated to reflect taxonomic changes, and now describesand illustrates 502 species. The species accounts cover thebirds' appearance, basic behaviour, preferred habitats,geographical distribution and IUCN threat status. The textis complemented by newly designed plates with labelspinpointing key differentiating features. The introductionincludes maps for each island, lists the region's 211 endemicspecies, and gives pointers on where to go bird-watching.