A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America

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

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618024964
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/10/2002
  • Series: Peterson Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 604,663
  • Product dimensions: 4.91 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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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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.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates ix

Introduction 1 What Is a Hummingbird? 5

Natural History of North American Hummingbirds 8

Watching Hummingbirds 33

How to Identify Hummingbirds 39

Parts of a Hummingbird 42

How to Use This Book 43



PLATES 49

SPECIES ACCOUNTS 113

Wedge-tailed Sabrewing 115

Green Violet-ear 118

Green-breasted Mango 122

Antillean Crested Hummingbird 126

Golden-crowned Emerald 128

Canivet's Emerald 130

Cuban Emerald 132

Broad-billed Hummingbird 136

White-eared Hummingbird 141

Xantus's Hummingbird 145

Berylline Hummingbird 148

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird 151

Buff-bellied Hummingbird 154

Cinnamon Hummingbird 158

Azure-crowned Hummingbird 160

Violet-crowned Hummingbird 163

Amethyst-throated Hummingbird 166

Blue-throated Hummingbird 169

Magnificent Hummingbird 174

Plain-capped Starthroat 178

Bahama Woodstar 181

Lucifer Hummingbird 184

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 188

Black-chinned Hummingbird 194

Anna's Hummingbird 199

Costa's Hummingbird 204

Calliope Hummingbird 208

Bumblebee Hummingbird 213

Broad-tailed Hummingbird 216

Rufous Hummingbird 221

Allen's Hummingbird 226



Acknowledgments
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