Birds of Texas: A Field Guide

Birds of Texas: A Field Guide

by John H. Rappole, Gene W. Blacklock
     
 

There are certain pilgrimages that must be made by the serious North American birder: Santa Ana in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Hawk Mountain, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware Bay, the Everglades, High Island, Point Reyes, and Big Bend, to name a few. It is no accident that many of these ornithological shrines are located in Texas, which has

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There are certain pilgrimages that must be made by the serious North American birder: Santa Ana in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Hawk Mountain, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware Bay, the Everglades, High Island, Point Reyes, and Big Bend, to name a few. It is no accident that many of these ornithological shrines are located in Texas, which has the most diverse avifauna in North America north of Mexico. Texas comes by this enormous diversity honestly, with rugged mountains, vast deserts, lush semi-tropical woodlands, prairies, bayous, cedar brakes, thorn forests, and one of the richest temperate migration corridors in the world located along the western Gulf Coast.

Birds of Texas: A Field Guide provides an introduction and ready access to this spectacular variety. The text provides detailed information on identification, habitat preferences, voice, seasonal occurrence, abundance, and distribution. Maps show precisely where in the state the bird can be found. Photos of the bird in the field put the species in the proper visual context for identification; in fact, the photos for over half of the 622 species were taken in Texas. Texas is a unique region of the hemisphere, and its birdlife is an important part of what makes it special. This book will be useful to the beginner and the experienced birder alike.

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An introduction and ready reference to the most diverse avifauna in North America north of Mexico. The text provides detailed information on identification, habitat preferences, voice, seasonal occurrence, abundance, and distribution. Some 600 color photographs show the birds in their typical environment, while maps show precisely where in the state the bird can be found. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890965450
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Series:
W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

John H. Rappole is research coordinator at the Conservation and Research Center, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, in Front Royal, Virginia.Gene W. Blacklock was curator of natural history and coordinator for education programs at the Welder Wildlife Foundation in Sinton, Texas, for twenty years. He is currently a wildlife consultant living in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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