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Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution

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This beautifully illustrated and user-friendly book presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.

In addition to characterizing individual species, Birds of the Sierra Nevada ...

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Overview


This beautifully illustrated and user-friendly book presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.

In addition to characterizing individual species, Birds of the Sierra Nevada also describes ecological zones and bird habitats, recent trends in populations and ranges, conservation efforts, and more than 160 rare species. It also includes a glossary of terms, detailed maps, and an extensive bibliography with over 500 citations.

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Editorial Reviews

Birding Magazine

"A book like Birds of the Sierra Nevada reaffirms your faith in how birding can dovetail with conservation, and in what birding can do for our collective sense of meaningful communion with nature."
The Union

"Presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada."
BirdWatching

"[This] book will deepen the experience of visits to the range for serious ornithologists and casual hikers alike."
West Marin County - Claire Peaslee

"A thorough, accessible text embracing a massive and diverse region of California. . . . [The book] distills wisdom from many people who love both the avifauna and the high country and will inspire many of us to follow in their tracks."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520274945
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 396,213
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author


Edward C. Beedy was a co-author of Discovering Sierra Birds and has authored numerous technical publications and articles on Sierra birds.
Edward R. Pandolfino is President of Western Field Ornithologists and a Regional Editor for Northern California for North American Birds.
Keith Hansen is a professional bird artist who illustrated Discovering Sierra Birds, Distributional Checklist of North American Birds, Birds of Yosemite and the East Slope, California Wild Lands, A Guide to the Nature Conservancy Preserves, and The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula, among other books.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword, ix,
Preface, xi,
Acknowledgements, xiii,
INTRODUCTION, 1,
ECOLOGICAL ZONES AND BIRD HABITATS, 6,
RECENT TRENDS IN SIERRA BIRD POPULATIONS AND RANGES, 28,
UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT SIERRA BIRDS, 37,
BIRD CONSERVATION IN THE SIERRA, 39,
Family and Species Accounts, 45,
WATERFOWL • Anatidae, 45,
QUAIL • Odontophoridae, 71,
FOWL-LIKE BIRDS • Phasianidae, 74,
LOONS • Gaviidae, 81,
GREBES • Podicipedidae, 83,
CORMORANTS • Phalacrocoracidae, 89,
PELICANS • Pelecanidae, 90,
HERONS AND RELATIVES • Ardeidae, 92,
IBIS • Threskiornithidae, 98,
NEW WORLD VULTURES • Cathartidae, 100,
OSPREY • Pandionidae, 103,
HAWKS AND RELATIVES • Accipitridae, 104,
FALCONS • Falconidae, 118,
RAILS AND RELATIVES • Rallidae, 123,
CRANES • Gruidae, 128,
PLOVERS • Charadriidae, 130,
STILTS AND AVOCETS • Recurvirostridae, 134,
SANDPIPERS AND RELATIVES • Scolopacidae, 136,
GULLS AND TERNS • Laridae, 147,
PIGEONS AND DOVES • Columbidae, 154,
CUCKOOS AND ROADRUNNERS • Cuculidae, 159,
BARN OWL • Tytonidae, 162,
TYPICAL OWLS • Strigidae, 163,
NIGHTHAWKS AND RELATIVES • Caprimulgidae, 175,
SWIFTS • Apodidae, 178,
HUMMINGBIRDS • Trochilidae, 181,
KINGFISHERS • Alcedinidae, 187,
WOODPECKERS • Picidae, 188,
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS • Tyrannidae, 204,
SHRIKES • Laniidae, 217,
VIREOS • Vireonidae, 219,
JAYS AND RELATIVES • Corvidae, 224,
LARKS • Alaudidae, 236,
SWALLOWS • Hirundinidae, 237,
CHICKADEES AND TITMICE • Paridae, 245,
VERDIN • Remizidae, 250,
BUSHTIT • Aegithalidae, 251,
NUTHATCHES • Sittidae, 252,
CREEPERS • Certhiidae, 256,
WRENS • Troglodytidae, 257,
GNATCATCHERS • Polioptilidae, 264,
DIPPERS • Cinclidae, 265,
KINGLETS • Regulidae, 266,
WRENTIT • Sylviidae, 269,
THRUSHES AND RELATIVES • Turdidae, 270,
MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS • Mimidae, 278,
STARLINGS • Sturnidae, 283,
PIPITS • Motacillidae, 285,
WAXWINGS • Bombycillidae, 286,
SILKY FLYCATCHERS • Ptilogonatidae, 287,
WOOD-WARBLERS • Parulidae, 288,
SPARROWS AND RELATIVES • Emberizidae, 302,
GROSBEAKS AND RELATIVES • Cardinalidae, 322,
BLACKBIRDS AND RELATIVES • Icteridae, 328,
FINCHES AND RELATIVES • Fringillidae, 340,
OLD WORLD SPARROWS • Passeridae, 353,
Appendices,
1 Checklist of Sierra Birds, 355,
2 Rare, Casual, and Accidental Birds of the Sierra Nevada, 374,
3 Methods Used to Determine Population Trends, 382,
4 Common and Scientific Names of Plant Species, 383,
Glossary, 385,
Bibliography, 387,
Index of Common Names, 413,
Index of Scientific Names, 421,
About the Authors and Artist, 429,

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