Field Guide to Owls of California and the West

ISBN-10: 0520252802
ISBN-13: 9780520252806
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Most owls are almost perfectly adapted to life in the dark. Their vaguely humanoid faces reflect the spectacular evolution of their hearing and sight, which has made flight, romance, and predation possible in the near absence of light. This accessible guide, full of intriguing anecdotes, covers all 19 species of owls occurring in North America. More than an identification guide,Field Guide to Owls of California and the Westdescribes the biology and behavior of owls to make finding and identifying them easier and watching them more enjoyable. The guide also explores the conservation challenges that owls face and tells how owls provide insights to scientists working in fields from technology to health. * Color plates illustrate each species * Range maps show the western distribution of North America's owls, 14 of which occur in California. * Offers tips for finding and watching owls * Gives information on how to design, place, and maintain nest boxes * Describes human attitudes toward owls through history, including in Native American cultures of the West

Preface
Introduction
What Is an Owl?
Owls in California and the West
An Owl's Body
An Owl's Head
Senses
Vision
Hearing
Touch
Voice
Skeleton and Legs
Wings
Feathers
Silent Flight
Thermoregulation
Plumage
Hygiene
Parasites
Deconstructing a Mouse
Digestive System
Pellet Analysis
An Owl's Life
Predators and Predator Avoidance
Predators of Owls
Going Undetected
Mobbing
Defensive Behavior
Hunting and Eating
Feeding
Owl Foods
Owl Ecology
Reproduction
Territoriality
Pair Formation and Courtship
Nests and Eggs
Young and Their Care
Dispersal and Migration
Finding and Watching Owls
Finding Owls
When to Look for Owls
Where to Look for Owls
Direct Evidence: Songs, Calls, and Deceptions
Circumstantial Evidence
Finding Owl Nests
Watching Owls
Owl Photography
Owl Identification
Owls and Humans
Attitudes Past and Present
Native Californians and Owls
Owls in the Modern World
The Barn Owl Industries
Owl Conservation
Owls in Trouble
Hazards to All Owls
Living with Owls
Nest Boxes
Wildlife Rehabilitation
Species Accounts
Overview
Identification Key
Range Maps
Barn Owl
Flammulated Owl
Western Screech-Owl
Eastern Screech-Owl
Whiskered Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Elf Owl
Burrowing Owl
Spotted Owl
Barred Owl
Great Gray Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Boreal Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Glossary
References
Index
Additional Captions

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