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Smithsonian Handbooks Birds of North America: Western Region

by Fred J. Alsop

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0789471574, Turtleback)

Published in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution, this comprehensive handbook to the birds of North America: Western Region includes 696 species -- all birds known to breed east of the 100th meridian on the United States and Canada, as well as regular visitors and vagrants to this region. The Smithsonian Handbook is the first identification guide that includes details of the bird's life history in a concise and user-friendly format. Each full-page profile combines a precise description, annotated photographs, and artworks to highlight the key field marks of the species in each plumage. Similar species are shown and distinguishing characteristics are noted. Further information on the bird's habits describes the typical song and other vocalizations, behavior, breeding, nesting, population, and conservation concerns. Typical flight patterns and nest locations and shapes are described with clear icons, and amplified in the text. Each bird's range during summer, winter, and on migration is clearly shown on a map.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:39 -0400)

Vetted by America's leading learning institutions, the Smithsonian, these guides are an absolute staple for any birder or ornithologist. With over 1,000 photographs of 700 species examined with full-page profiles, descriptions, & annotated photographs, Birds of North America are the biggest, most comprehensive pair of photographic field guides available today. Annotation. Alsop (ornithology and biological sciences, East Tennessee State U.) has produced a field manual with a flexible plastic cover for bird watchers and others interested in identifying birds of western North America. After several sections explaining the field's terminology and the book's codes, he profiles each species in one page. Color drawings, including gender, age, and season variations if important and similar birds not to be confused; a color range map; a diagram of flight pattern; a scale guide; nest information; and other data accompany the terse text. The birds are arranged by taxonomic order, and indexed by common and Latin names.… (more)

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