Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species

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Overview

  • Over 400 photos of representative feathers from 379 species
  • How to identify not only what bird a feather came from but also what kind of feather it is
  • Range maps and wing type given for each bird

This guide teaches birders to use the characteristics of wing types and feather morphology to identify feathers--not only by species but also by their place on the bird's body.

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Overview

  • Over 400 photos of representative feathers from 379 species
  • How to identify not only what bird a feather came from but also what kind of feather it is
  • Range maps and wing type given for each bird

This guide teaches birders to use the characteristics of wing types and feather morphology to identify feathers--not only by species but also by their place on the bird's body.

The introductory chapters give a detailed overview of the feather--how feathers developed, the parts of a single feather, and the variety of types of feathers on a bird. In the feather identification section, more than 400 color photographs show feather samples from 379 bird species from all over North America. Along with the wing type of the species and a map showing its range, several types of feathers are included for each bird; each feather is labeled with its type and its size.

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Editorial Reviews

Birder's World
"an outstanding guide to feathers"
Birding Business Magazine
"Bird Feathers is a must-have book for naturalists and birders...sure to become an invaluable reference in wild bird stores and nature centers nationwide."
CHOICE: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries
Bird Feathers is a unique and valuable book, the first to deal with identifying birds by their feathers. . . the well-qualified authors are to be highly commended for this excellent, helpful reference book.
The Birder's Library
"As a reference, Bird Feathers will be useful to anyone who spends significant time outdoors. But for birders, it's even more valuable for the insight it provides into birds' lives, form, and appearance."
CHOICE: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries
"Bird Feathers is a unique and valuable book, the first to deal with identifying birds by their feathers. . . the well-qualified authors are to be highly commended for this excellent, helpful reference book."
Choice: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries
"Bird Feathers is a unique and valuable book, the first to deal with identifying birds by their feathers. . . the well-qualified authors are to be highly commended for this excellent, helpful reference book."
CHOICE Current Reviews For Academic Libraries
"Bird Feathers is a unique and valuable book, the first to deal with identifying birds by their feathers. . . the well-qualified authors are to be highly commended for this excellent, helpful reference book."
CHOICE: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries
"Bird Feathers is a unique and valuable book, the first to deal with identifying birds by their feathers. . . the well-qualified authors are to be highly commended for this excellent, helpful reference book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811736183
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Haunted Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 170,136
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Casey McFarland is a wildlife tracker and a tracking instructor and evaluator through Cybertracker International.

S. David Scott has been working as an environmental educator since 2003, focusing on ecology and wildlife behavior. He lives in the Seattle area.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

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    Very useful & Informative

    Made a very interesting refernce book to my 'library'. I found the detailed descriptions and full color photo very useful in identifying feathers i had found on many of my nature hikes; some i had previously believed to be from one bird were actually another! my only issue is that some species feathers can be very similar and difficult to identify. overall the book is useful and easy to use.

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