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Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America

ISBN-10: 0061120405
ISBN-13: 9780061120404
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.266
Language: English

This new field guide provides a suite of modern tools to effectively aid in the identification of more than 750 species of birds across North America. It introduces a "whole bird" approach by concisely gathering a collection of information about birds into one portable and well-organized volume. 2,000 stunning color photographs of birds in natural habitats show the most important field marks, regional population differences, life stages, and behaviors 700-plus detailed and up-to-date color range maps show summer, migration, winter, year-round, and rare but regular occurrences of every major species A DVD of birdsongs for 138 major species (587 vocalizations in all for 5 hours of play); each high-quality MP3 file is embedded with an image of the bird, perfect to view on home computers and portable MP3 players Concise descriptions of habits and ecology, age-related and seasonal differences, regional forms, vocalization, and informative captions pointing out the most important aspects of the bird 46 group essays with information outlining taxonomy, feeding, migration, habitats, behaviors, and conservation status A thorough and accessible introduction to birds and birding includes sections on parts of a bird, plumage and molt, food and feeding, migration, habitats, conservation, tips on bow to become a better birder, and more A detailed glossary of terms, species checklist, and quick index The new Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America is perfectly designed to give birders the most powerful and user-friendly collection of information to carry into the field or wherever they enjoy learning about birds and nature.

Introduction
Identifying Birds
Coverage
Group Accounts
Species Accounts
Names
Measurements
Natural Variation
Habits and Ecology
Vocalizations
Range Maps
Photographs and Caption Text
Natural History of Birds
Where to Look for Birds
Forests and Woodlands
Prairies and Meadows
Deserts and Shrublands
Alpine and Arctic Tundra
Wetland and Aquatic Habitats
Human Habitats
Bird Behavior
Food and Foraging
Bird Vocalizations
Courtship and Breeding
Flight and Migration
Parts of a Bird
Parts of a Duck
Parts of a Songbird
Parts of a Raptor
Parts of a Gull
Parts of a Shorebird
Plumage and molt
Sex-related plumage differences
Age-related plumage differences
Seasonal plumage differences
Molt strategies
Other differences in appearance
How to Identify Birds
Conservation and Ethics
Waterfowl
Whistling-Ducks, Geese & Swans, and Ducks
Upland Game Birds
Chachalacas, Grouse & Allies, and New World Quail
Loons
Grebes
Tubenoses
Albatrosses, Shearwaters & Petrels, and Storm-Petrels
Pelicans & Allies
Tropicbirds, Boobies & Gannets, Pelicans, Cormorants, Darters, and Frigatebirds
Herons, Ibises & Spoonbills, and Storks
Flamingos
Escapes from Captivity or Natural Vagrants?
New World Vultures, Hawks, and Falcons
Rails, Limpkin, and Cranes
Plovers
Oystercatchers, Stilts & Avocets, and Jacanas
Evolutionary Relationships
Sandpipers & Phalaropes
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Skuas & Jaegers
Polymorphism
Auks, Murres, and Puffins
Pigeons & Doves
Parrots & Parakeets
Documenting Exotic Birds
Cuckoos & Allies
Owls and Nightjars
Swifts and Hummingbirds
Trogons and Kingfishers
Biogeography
Woodpeckers
Tyrant Flycatchers
Mobbing
Shrikes
Population Dynamics
Vireos
Patterns of Geographic Variation
Jays & Crows
Larks
Subspecies
Swallows
Chickadees, Verdin, Long-tailed Tits, Nuthatches, and Creepers
Wrens and Dippers
Bulbuls
Established Exotics
Kinglets and Old World Warblers & Gnatcatchers
Thrushes
Nocturnal Migration
Babblers
Mimic-Thrushes and Starlings & Mynas
Wagtails & Pipits
Waxwings and Silky-Flycatchers
Olive Warbler and Wood-Warblers
Long-distance Migration
Tanagers
Sparrows & Allies
Buntings & Allies
Conservation Goals
Blackbirds & Allies
Brood Parasitism
The Diversity Paradox
Finches
Weaver-Finches
Acknowledgments
Recommended References and Resources
Photo Credits
Smithsonian Field Guide to Birds of North America Birdsong DVD
Glossary of Terms
American Birding Association Checklist
Species Index

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