A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America

A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America

by Roger Tory Peterson, Sheri L. Williamson
     
 

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* Covering 31 species, this is the most comprehensive field guide to North American hummingbirds.

* Using the Peterson Identification System, more than 220 color photographs show all the field marks needed to make difficult identifications, including females and immatures.

* 34 color range maps show where each species can be seen at different times of

Overview

* Covering 31 species, this is the most comprehensive field guide to North American hummingbirds.

* Using the Peterson Identification System, more than 220 color photographs show all the field marks needed to make difficult identifications, including females and immatures.

* 34 color range maps show where each species can be seen at different times of the year.

* Introductory chapters cover the natural history of hummingbirds, ways to attract and feed them, and the major North American hot spots for watching these birds.

Editorial Reviews

Rick Taylor
Williamson's book is a comprehensive treatment, accurate enough to satisfy professionals and accessible to the lay reader.
Birding Magazine
Blom, Eirik
It needs to be on the shelf and in the pocket of every bird watcher in North America.
Bird Watcher's Digest
Publishers Weekly
Besides being objects of wonder, hummingbirds, says Sheri L. Williamson in the Peterson Field Guide: Hummingbirds of North America, are unique to the New World, range in size from the smallest warm-blooded animal (Cuba's Bee Hummingbird) to outsizing songbirds (South America's Giant Hummingbird), can fly backwards and side to side, and still defy category among ornithological types. The habits, habitats, migratory patterns, physical traits, diet, mating practices, where to find them in short, all the information that a good wildlife guide offers are the stuff of Williamson's book. Clear, engaging prose and 180 full color photographs make this a natural for birdwatchers everywhere. ( Jan. 17) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Williamson's book is a comprehensive treatment, accurate enough to satisfy professionals and accessible to the lay reader." Birding

"It needs to be on the shelf and in the pocket of every bird watcher in North America." Bird Watcher's Digest

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618024957
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/17/2002
Series:
Peterson Field Guides Series
Edition description:
None
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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WEDGE-TAILED SABREWING pl. 11
Campylopte rus curvipennis 4.75–5.25 in. (12–13.5 cm). Bill length: male 26–31 mm, female 23–28 mm; tail length: male 43–50 mm, female 38–44 mm.

This large hummingbird of eastern Mexico ranges north into southwestern Tamaulipas, the presumed origin of several other tropical species that have strayed into southern Texas; the potential exists for occurrence north of the Mexican border. The species gets its name from the modified shafts of its outer primaries, which are dramatically thickened and curved in adult males, less so in immature males and adult females. The function of this feature is unknown, though it may play a role in sound production or visual signaling during courtship displays.

Meet the Author


Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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