Sparrows of the United States and Canada

The Photographic Guide

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Author: David Beadle,Jim Rising

Publisher: San Diego : Natural World

ISBN: 9780125889759

Category: Emberizidae

Page: 328

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This companion volume to the previous, widely acclaimed Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada takes sparrow identification one step further. The authors have gathered a stunning selection of over 350 photographs as a basis for the identification of all 64 taxa of emberizine sparrows found in the region. Never before has such a comprehensive collection of sparrow photos been presented together in a single guide. The supporting text gives detailed information on the identification of species, sexes, ages, races, and forms of all the sparrows, towhees, juncos, buntings and longspurs, grassquits and seedeaters, as well as information on their distribution, habits, habitats, molt, and voice. Particular attention is paid to the geographic variation found in many species and to comparisons with similar and confusing species. The conservation status of those that are threatened is also given due attention. The photographs include contributions from many of America's finest bird photographers, and many were taken especially for this book. All fine portraits in themselves, they have been chosen specifically to illustrate the identification pointers described in the text. Each is captioned with full details of the photographer and the place and time at which the photo was taken. Also included are line drawings of identification details such as wing and tail feathers and beaks, as well as distribution maps. Key Features: * Features 350 high quality photographs of each species, subspecies, and racial form identifiable in the field * Includes line drawings of identification details such as wing and tail feathers, beaks,etc. * Contains distribution maps for each species

A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada

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Author: James D. Rising

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408134608

Category: Nature

Page: 379

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A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on all the features that make possible identification of all 62 species of sparrows that occur in North America. The text gives detailed descriptions of the summer, winter, and juvenile plumages of each species, as well as comparisons with similar species. The species accounts are illustrated with range maps and superb line drawings showing behavioral postures and, where useful, fine features of tail feather patterns. The 27 color plates splendidly illustrate the various plumages of each species with the emphasis on the distinctive appearance of birds of different sex, age, and geographic regions. This beautiful and authoritative book will be a must for the library of all keen birders living in and visiting North America. Species accounts include discussions of species': * Identification * Measurements * Voice * Habitat * Ecology * Nesting biology * Distribution * Taxonomy * Geographic variations * Historical and present status

Tanagers, Cardinals, and Finches of the United States and Canada

The Photographic Guide

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Author: David Beadle

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780691118581

Category: Nature

Page: 196

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Featuring more than two hundred full-color plates by some of America's leading wildlife and bird photographers, a comprehensive guide to North America's tanagers, cardinals, and finches furnishes detailed descriptions of the various species, along with helpful identification keys, range maps, and information on behavior, characteristics, natural history, and vocalization. Original.

A Field Guide to Warblers of North America

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Author: Jon Dunn,Kimball Garrett,National Audubon Society,National Wildlife Federation

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395783214

Category: Nature

Page: 656

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Describes sixty species of North American warblers

Finches and Sparrows

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Author: Peter Clement

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408135302

Category: Science

Page: 512

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This is a guide to true" finches and sparrows illustrating all the species, many races and most sex and age variations, with almost 950 portraits. The maps accompanying the illustrations show breeding and wintering ranges for all species. Although the guide is not primarily intended for cagebird enthusiasts, it will also be useful for those wishing to know more about the species encountered in captivity."

The Warbler Guide

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Author: Tom Stephenson,Scott Whittle

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400846862

Category: Nature

Page: 560

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Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. This groundbreaking guide features more than 1,000 stunning color photos, extensive species accounts with multiple viewing angles, and an entirely new system of vocalization analysis that helps you distinguish songs and calls. The Warbler Guide revolutionizes birdwatching, making warbler identification easier than ever before. For more information, please see the author videos on the Princeton University Press website. Covers all 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada Visual quick finders help you identify warblers from any angle Song and call finders make identification easy using a few simple questions Uses sonograms to teach a new system of song identification that makes it easier to understand and hear differences between similar species Detailed species accounts show multiple views with diagnostic points, direct comparisons of plumage and vocalizations with similar species, and complete aging and sexing descriptions New aids to identification include song mnemonics and icons for undertail pattern, color impression, habitat, and behavior Includes field exercises, flight shots, general identification strategies, and quizzes A complete, page-by-page audio companion to all of the 1,000-plus songs and calls covered by the book is available for purchase and download from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library by using the link at www.TheWarblerGuide.com

Buntings and Sparrows

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Author: Clive Byers,Urban Olsson,Jon Curson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408135019

Category: Science

Page: 264

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Buntings and North American sparrows offer a great identification challenge. Many of the long distance migrants are notable wanderers, with a strong tendency to vagrancy, while others are rare and local. Some of the Asian buntings and tropical sparrows are still poorly known, and the skulking habits of some species add to the challenge. Most male buntings acquire a bright plumage, but the American sparrows acquire this exceptionally, rather than as the rule. Many sparrows and female buntings appear to be rather dull brown birds, but a closer look will reveal intricate and often quite beautiful plumage; with these birds, the field marks that will enable positive identification are to be found in minute feather detail. This book is the first comprehensive guide to all the Old World buntings and North American sparrows. It includes 39 plates in full colour depicting all the species and distinct races. In the systematic section each species account is divided into sections: the identification section summarises important field marks; the description section details plumage and bare part characteristics for all ages and sexes; geographical variation covers taxonomy, and other sections give detailed measurements, descriptions of moult and ageing, habits, voice, status and habitat, distribution and movements, and references. A range map is included for each species. This beautifully presented book will for many years to come help solve the identification problems posed by a delightful and sought-after family of birds.

Warblers of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America

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Author: Chris G. Earley

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781552977095

Category: Nature

Page: 131

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Identifies all the various species of wood warbler in eastern North America, including the appearances of both sexes in both spring and fall, songs, range, and behavior.

Shorebirds of North America

The Photographic Guide

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Author: Dennis R. Paulson

Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691102740

Category: Nature

Page: 361

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More than five hundred and thirty photographs that illustrate all shorebird species in their varied plumage are provided in a detailed guide that also includes identification tips and ways for distinguishing shorebirds from all similar species, with descriptions of voice, behavior, habitat, and range for each species. Simultaneous.

Raptors of Eastern North America

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Author: Brian K. Wheeler

Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691115986

Category: Nature

Page: 439

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"Raptors of Eastern North America"--together with its companion volume, "Raptors of Western North America"--are the best and most thorough guides to North American hawks, eagles, and other raptors ever published. Abundantly illustrated with hundreds of full-color high-quality photographs, they are essential books for anyone seeking to identify these notoriously tricky-to-identify birds. "The Wheeler Guides" will help birders and biologists navigate the pitfalls of raptor identification, including raptors' often extreme variation by age and sex as well as the existence of numerous "confusion" species. The plumage section discusses more plumage variations--and in greater consistency, depth, and clarity--than any previously published guide. The text--informed by years of study and consultation with local, state, provincial, and regional experts--covers all aspects of raptor biology in an easy-to-read and consistent format. It provides the most up-to-date information available on status and distribution, taking into account the recent alteration of some species' ranges due to pesticide bans and introduction programs. The range maps--which include "city" plotting--are the most accurate and largest ever produced for North American raptors.

Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America

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Author: Klaus Malling Olsen

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408135779

Category: Science

Page: 608

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The standard text on the identification of the northern hemisphere's gulls, this book covers the plumage variation through age and subspecies of all 80 species in the region. With exhaustive coverage, detailed maps, and superb plates and photos, this book remains the definitive work on these birds, which represent the trickiest of all ID challenges.

Warblers and Other Songbirds of North America

A Life-size Guide to Every Species

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Author: Paul Sterry

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062446835

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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A stunning full-color photographic field guide of 285 species of North American songbirds and warblers, captured in glorious life-sized detail and featuring concise descriptions, location maps, and useful facts for both experienced birdwatchers and armchair ornithologists alike. Birds such as the Acadian Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Indigo Bunting, Northern Mockingbird, Pyrrhuloxia, Rock Wren, Song Sparrow, Tree Swallow, and the Yellow Throated Warbler are known for their elaborate songs produced by their highly developed vocal organs. Warblers and Other Songbirds of North America is a breathtaking collection of 285 species of these beautiful, melodious creatures, the largest number of species in a single field guide about North American songbirds. Arranged by region and taxonomic order, every songbird is depicted life-sized; each photograph is accompanied by a short description with essential information on identification and the particular species, habits, and behavior. Every species entry also includes a map showing where the species can be found, as well as a fact grid listing key details such as common and scientific name, length, food, habitat, status, and voice. Inside you'll find fun facts, including: Songbirds are members of the order Passeriformes, the most varied group of birds both in terms of numbers of species and diversity of appearance and habit preferences. Songbirds have feet that allow them to perch with ease, with three toes pointing forward and one facing back. Songbirds are extremely vocal; some male species are among the finest songsters in the bird world. Every photograph is gloriously detailed and chosen to show each species’ unique identification features and typical postures. Packed in a convenient portable size, Warblers and Other Songbirds of North America is ideal for the experienced birdwatcher, the aspiring naturalist, and every bird lover.

Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America

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Author: Seabrooke Leckie,David Beadle

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544252063

Category: Nature

Page: 640

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Southeastern North America is home to an incredible variety of moths, from drab browns to bright yellows and pinks, the small and simple to the flashy or bizarrely shaped. Just a few are common house and garden pests; thousands more harmless species live hidden in woods and meadows. This comprehensive guide of more than 1,800 common species is the best tool for identifying and appreciating these ubiquitous insects. With helpful tips and techniques for observing moths, range maps and graphs showing when and where to see them, and keys to identifying even the tough species, the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America provides everything an amateur or experienced moth-watcher needs.

Rare Birds of North America

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Author: Steve N. G. Howell,Ian Lewington,Will Russell

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400848075

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 448

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Rare Birds of North America is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the vagrant birds that occur throughout the United States and Canada. Featuring 275 stunning color plates, this book covers 262 species originating from three very different regions--the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world's oceans. It explains the causes of avian vagrancy and breaks down patterns of occurrence by region and season, enabling readers to see where, when, and why each species occurs in North America. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, taxonomy, age, sex, distribution, and status. Rare Birds of North America provides unparalleled insights into vagrancy and avian migration, and will enrich the birding experience of anyone interested in finding and observing rare birds. Covers 262 species of vagrant birds found in the United States and Canada Features 275 stunning color plates that depict every species Explains patterns of occurrence by region and season Provides an invaluable overview of vagrancy patterns and migration Includes detailed species accounts and cutting-edge identification tips

Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching

Eastern Waterbirds in Flight

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Author: Ken Behrens,Cameron Cox

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547237398

Category: Nature

Page: 624

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Presents a guide to seawatching, describing the challenging act of identifying waterbirds in flight and providing information on how to classify birds based on their structure, behavior, wingbeat cadence. and subtle flashes of color.

A field guide to advanced birding

birding challenges and how to approach them

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Author: Kenn Kaufman,National Audubon Society,National Wildlife Federation,Roger Tory Peterson Institute

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 299

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Explains how to identify the most difficult species of birds

Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest

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Author: Dennis R. Paulson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780295977065

Category: Nature

Page: 406

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Embracing an area from the northern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and western Montana, Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest includes the latest information about 62 documented and 16 potential species. Finely detailed drawings and color photographs emphasize diagnostic features.

Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion

A Comprehensive Resource for Identifying North American Birds

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Author: Pete Dunne

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544135687

Category: Nature

Page: 736

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In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, the well-known author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding." It's an approach to identification that gives equal or more weight to a bird's structure and shape and the observer's overall impression (often called GISS, for General Impression of Size and Shape) than to specific field marks. After determining the most likely possibilities by considering such factors as habitat and season, the birder uses characteristics such as size, shape, color, behavior, flight pattern, and vocalizations to identify a bird. The book provides an arsenal of additional hints and helpful clues to guide a birder when, even after a review of a field guide, the identification still hangs in the balance. This supplement to field guides shares the knowledge and skills that expert birders bring to identification challenges. Birding should be an enjoyable pursuit for beginners and experts alike, and Pete Dunne combines a unique playfulness with the work of identification. Readers will delight in his nicknames for birds, from the Grinning Loon and Clearly the Bathtub Duck to Bronx Petrel and Chicken Garnished with a Slice of Mango and a Dollop of Raspberry Sherbet.