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Basic Texas Birds: A Field Guide

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Finding all the birds in Texas can be a lifetime pursuit. Basic Texas Birds, an easy-to-use field guide, will help you identify over 180 species of birds that are found across the state, including a selection of the rarer "Texas specialties" that draw birders to Texas from around the world. These are the birds that form the basis of a birder's life list for Texas.

Basic Texas Birds is organized by bird families to aid in identifying any bird ...

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Overview

Finding all the birds in Texas can be a lifetime pursuit. Basic Texas Birds, an easy-to-use field guide, will help you identify over 180 species of birds that are found across the state, including a selection of the rarer "Texas specialties" that draw birders to Texas from around the world. These are the birds that form the basis of a birder's life list for Texas.

Basic Texas Birds is organized by bird families to aid in identifying any bird you see in the wild. It is loaded with resources, including:

  • 200 full-color, close-up photos of the birds
  • State-of-the-art range maps—the most accurate of any currently available—that show each species' distribution within the state
  • Up-to-date species accounts that provide a wealth of current and historical information, including each bird's appearance, habitat, status, and distribution, and that also identify similar species
  • A glossary of terms used in bird identification
  • A list of selected readings for learning more about birds found in Texas
  • The Texas Ornithological Society's list of birds documented in Texas

Much more convenient for identifying common birds than a comprehensive state or national field guide, Basic Texas Birds is a must-have resource for both beginning and experienced birders.

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This accurately titled book isn't designed to identify every feathered creature that ever crossed into the Lone Star State. Instead, Basic Texas Birds introduces readers to the most common species and also provides a smattering of attractive rarer varieties. The paperback's 180-plus entries include full-color, close-up bird photographs; accurate range maps; and pertinent details about each bird's appearance, habitat, status, distribution, and history. This well-researched book also include a glossary of bird identifications terms and a list of selected readings. A Texas birder's best friend.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292713499
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Texas Natural History Guides
  • Pages: 419
  • Sales rank: 802,421
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK LOCKWOOD, of Alpine, Texas, is a conservation biologist in the State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. One of the state’s leading ornithologists, he is also the secretary of the Texas Birds Records Committee of the Texas Ornithological Society and a member of the American Birding Association’s checklist committee.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Species Accounts
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose and Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Masked Duck
Greater Prairie-Chicken
Lesser Prairie-Chicken
Wild Turkey
Scaled Quail
Gambel's Quail
Northern Bobwhite
Montezuma Quail
Common Loon
Least Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Anhinga
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Reddish Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White-faced Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Harris's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
White-tailed Hawk
Zone-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Crested Caracara
American Kestrel
Aplomado Falcon
King Rail
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Whooping Crane
Killdeer
American Avocet
Long-billed Curlew
Sanderling
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Royal Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Skimmer
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Green Parakeet
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owl
Western Screech-Owl and Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Burrowing Owl
Barred Owl
Lesser Nighthawk
Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
Whip-poor-will
Chimney Swift
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Lucifer Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Black-chinned Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Green Kingfisher
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Vermilion Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Black-capped Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
Green Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Mexican Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse and Black-crested Titmouse
Bushtit
Cactus Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
Clay-colored Robin
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Curve-billed Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Phainopepla
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Colima Warbler
Tropical Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Golden-cheeked Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Varied Bunting
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark and Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

Appendix: The Texas Ornithological Society's List of Birds Documented in Texas
Glossary
Suggested References
Index

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