Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior

ISBN-10: 0679451234

ISBN-13: 9780679451235

Edition: 2001

Authors: David Allen Sibley, Chris Elphick, John B. Dunning, National Audubon Society Staff, National Audubon Society Staff

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“Once in a great while, a natural history book changes the way people look at the world. In 1838, John ames Audubon’s Birds of America was one...In 1934, Roger Tory Peterson produced Field Guide to the Birds...Now comes The Sibley Guide to Birds.” Thus did The New York Times, in 1999, greet David Allen Sibley’s monumental book, which has quickly been established nationwide as the peerless, standard bird identification guide. The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior is the new landmark book from David Allen Sibley. Designed to enhance the birding experience and to enrich the popular study of North American birds, the book combines more than 795 of his full-color illustrations with authoritative text by 48 expert birders and biologists. In this new guide Sibley takes us beyond identification, to show us how birds live and what they do. Introductory essays outline the principles of avian evolution, life cycle, body structure, flight dynamics, and more. The 80 family-by-family chapters describe the amazing range of behavior dictated by birds’ biology and environment. Among the subjects covered and illustrated are: --molts and plumages --habitats --food and foraging --vocalizations and displays --courtship and breeding --rearing of young --migration and movements --scientific groupings --introduced species --accidental species --anatomy --flight patterns --nests and eggs --conservation --global distribution Accessibly written, superbly designed and organized, and brilliantly illustrated, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior is an indispensable source of information on the avian life around us.
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List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/2/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.388
Language: English

David Allen Sibley, son of the well-known ornithologist Fred Sibley, began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. Since 1980, he has traveled throughout the North American continent studying the natural world, both on his own and as a leader of bird-watching tours. He is the author of several guides to bird identification including The Sibley Guide to Birds, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior, Sibley's Birding Basics, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, and The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America.

Introductionp. 8
How the Book Is Organizedp. 8
Bird Names and Classificationp. 9
Sources of Informationp. 9
Worldwide Family Featuresp. 10
Conservationp. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 12
The World of Birds
Flight, Form, and Functionp. 15
The Implications of Flightp. 15
Flight Anatomy and Weight Limitationsp. 15
Coordination, Balance, and Orientationp. 15
Life Without Forelegsp. 16
Feathersp. 16
Feather Typesp. 17
Molts and Plumagesp. 18
Basic and Alternate Plumagesp. 19
Partial and Complete Molts, and Feather Wearp. 19
Plumage and Agep. 19
Molt Terminologyp. 20
Unusual Molt Patternsp. 21
Aerodynamicsp. 21
Lift and Dragp. 21
Forms of Flightp. 22
Wing Shape, Wing-loading, and Aspect Ratiop. 23
Feet, Bills, and Digestionp. 24
Feetp. 24
Billsp. 25
Digestionp. 26
Bones and Musclep. 27
Respiration and Metabolismp. 30
Respirationp. 30
Circulationp. 30
Metabolismp. 31
Heat Managementp. 31
Cold Managementp. 32
Excretionp. 32
Senses and Vocal Apparatusp. 33
Visionp. 33
Hearingp. 34
Sound Productionp. 35
Taste, Smell, and Other Sensesp. 36
Bird Intelligencep. 36
Bird Brainsp. 37
Problem-solving Abilityp. 37
Origins, Evolution, and Classificationp. 39
The Origin of Birdsp. 39
Birds Are Reptilesp. 39
Origins of Flight, Feathers, and Warm Body Temperaturesp. 40
How Bird Species Originatep. 42
Species Diversificationp. 43
Classificationp. 44
Classification Schemesp. 44
Methods of Classificationp. 45
What Information Is Used to Build Classifications?p. 46
DNA--DNA Hybridizationp. 47
Species Conceptsp. 49
Behaviorp. 51
The Study of Bird Behaviorp. 51
The Function of Behaviorsp. 52
Daily and Seasonal Rhythmsp. 52
Daily Activity Patternsp. 53
Seasonal Activity Patternsp. 53
Control and Coordination of Seasonal Activityp. 54
Daily Maintenance Behaviorsp. 55
Feedingp. 55
Feather Carep. 57
Locomotionp. 58
Concealmentp. 59
Migrationp. 59
Why Do Birds Migrate?p. 60
Modes of Migrationp. 60
Migratory Behaviorp. 61
The Role of Fatp. 62
Flight During Migrationp. 62
Orientation and Navigationp. 63
Dispersalp. 65
Communicationp. 66
Passive Communication: Plumage Patternsp. 67
Displays Using Physical Movements and Posturep. 67
Displays Using Soundp. 68
Reproductive Behaviorp. 71
Monogamyp. 71
Territorial Breedingp. 73
Colonial Breedingp. 73
Cooperative Breedingp. 74
Polygynyp. 75
Polyandryp. 76
Polygynandryp. 76
Brood Parasitismp. 77
Parental Carep. 77
Other Breeding Behaviorsp. 79
Understanding Behavior: The Outer Frontierp. 79
Habitats and Distributionsp. 80
Range and Habitatp. 80
Variation in Habitat Usep. 80
Habitat Selectionp. 82
Changing Distributionsp. 82
Habitat Distribution Patternsp. 83
Geographyp. 83
Climatep. 84
Habitat Boundariesp. 84
Successionp. 85
Habitat Typesp. 86
Forests and Woodlandsp. 86
Boreal Forestsp. 87
Riparian Woodlandsp. 88
Western Forestsp. 88
Eastern Forestsp. 90
Savannasp. 91
Subtropical Forestsp. 91
Grasslandsp. 92
Prairie Grasslandsp. 92
Desert Grasslandsp. 94
Shrublandsp. 94
Chaparralp. 95
Other Shrublandsp. 95
Desertsp. 95
Great Basin Desertp. 96
Mojave Desertp. 97
Sonoran Desertp. 97
Chihuahuan Desertp. 98
Tundrap. 98
Arctic Tundrap. 98
Alpine Tundrap. 99
Wetland and Aquatic Habitatsp. 100
Freshwater Marshesp. 100
Saltmarshes and Tidal Flatsp. 101
Lakes and Pondsp. 101
Rivers and Streamsp. 102
Ocean Habitatsp. 102
Water Masses and Currentsp. 102
Upwellingp. 103
Frontsp. 104
Predatory Fish and Marine Mammalsp. 105
Human-created Habitatsp. 105
Agricultural Landsp. 105
Suburbsp. 106
Citiesp. 106
Populations and Conservationp. 107
What Determines Bird Population Sizes?p. 107
Habitat Quantity and Qualityp. 108
Competitionp. 109
Predationp. 110
Diseasep. 110
Abiotic Factorsp. 111
Population Regulationp. 112
Understanding Population Trendsp. 112
Conservation Threatsp. 113
Habitat Lossp. 113
Habitat Fragmentationp. 114
Brood Parasites, Predators, and Exotic Speciesp. 115
Pollutionp. 116
Persecutionp. 117
Climate Changep. 118
Tracking Bird Populations in North Americap. 119
Protecting North American Birdsp. 120
Bird Families of North America
Loonsp. 123
Grebesp. 127
Albatrossesp. 132
Shearwaters and Petrelsp. 136
Storm-Petrelsp. 146
Tropicbirdsp. 151
Boobies and Gannetsp. 154
Pelicansp. 157
Cormorantsp. 160
Darters (Anhinga)p. 165
Frigatebirdsp. 167
Herons, Egrets, and Bitternsp. 170
Ibises and Spoonbillsp. 177
Storksp. 180
New World Vulturesp. 183
Flamingosp. 187
Ducks, Geese, and Swansp. 190
Hawks and Alliesp. 212
Falcons and Caracarasp. 225
Chachalacas and Alliesp. 230
Grouse, Turkeys, and Alliesp. 233
New World Quailp. 242
Rails, Gallinules, and Cootsp. 246
Limpkinp. 251
Cranesp. 253
Thick-kneesp. 256
Plovers and Lapwingsp. 257
Oystercatchersp. 265
Stilts and Avocetsp. 268
Jacanasp. 271
Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Alliesp. 273
Coursers and Pratincolesp. 288
Gulls, Terns, and Alliesp. 289
Auksp. 309
Pigeons and Dovesp. 319
Parrots and Alliesp. 326
Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anisp. 332
Barn Owlsp. 336
Typical Owlsp. 339
Nighthawks and Nightjarsp. 348
Swiftsp. 353
Hummingbirdsp. 357
Trogonsp. 366
Hoopoep. 369
Kingfishersp. 370
Woodpeckers and Alliesp. 373
Tyrant Flycatchersp. 384
Shrikesp. 399
Vireosp. 402
Crows and Jaysp. 408
Larksp. 416
Swallows and Martinsp. 419
Chickadees and Titmicep. 425
Penduline Tits (Verdin)p. 430
Long-tailed Tits (Bushtit)p. 432
Nuthatchesp. 434
Creepersp. 438
Wrensp. 440
Dippersp. 445
Bulbulsp. 448
Kingletsp. 450
Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchersp. 453
Old World Flycatchersp. 457
Thrushesp. 458
Babblers (Wrentit)p. 466
Mockingbirds and Thrashersp. 468
Starlings and Mynasp. 475
Accentorsp. 478
Wagtails and Pipitsp. 479
Waxwingsp. 485
Silky-flycatchersp. 488
Olive Warblerp. 490
Wood-Warblersp. 492
Bananaquitp. 510
Tanagersp. 512
New World Sparrowsp. 516
Cardinals and Alliesp. 536
Blackbirds, Orioles, and Alliesp. 542
Finches and Alliesp. 552
Old World Sparrowsp. 562
Glossaryp. 565
Author Biographiesp. 576
Species Checklistp. 581
Indexp. 588
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