A Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds

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Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds, Second Edition provides a thorough, species-by-species guide to the breeding biology of the birds of North America. Some 670 breeding species are described in full, covering the birds of a vast area, from the Arctic to the southern boundary of the continental United States. The main text presents complete basic information on the breeding cycle of each species, summarized in a natural sequence: nest habitat, nest-site, nest construction, breeding season, eggs, ...

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Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds, Second Edition provides a thorough, species-by-species guide to the breeding biology of the birds of North America. Some 670 breeding species are described in full, covering the birds of a vast area, from the Arctic to the southern boundary of the continental United States. The main text presents complete basic information on the breeding cycle of each species, summarized in a natural sequence: nest habitat, nest-site, nest construction, breeding season, eggs, incubation and nesting and nestling period. More than 700 color and line illustrations provide valuable information on the identification of the nests, eggs, and nestlings of 597 species. The book covers perhaps the most fascinating aspects of North American bird life, their reproduction and the care of their young, essential elements in the survival of any species. The book summarizes all that is known of this crucial part of a bird's life cycle, and by omission, points to what is yet unknown and may yet be discovered by the scientific ornithologist and birder alike. If your fascination in the nests, eggs, and nestlings of North American birds centers on identifying them in the field, you will find this book essential. If conservation is also a concern, you will appreciate the value of understanding the breeding requirements and biology of even the most common of species. This book will prove invaluable whatever your interest in North American birds.

Key Features:

  • Describes nests, eggs, and nestlings and gives basic biological information on nesting and breeding biology
  • Includes up-to-date coverage of all breeding species found in North America, including Alaska and Canada in one comprehensive volume
  • Contains more than 700 color and line illustrations of nests, eggs, and nestlings

Species List by Family:

Loons: Gaviidae. Grebes: Podicipedidae. Shearwaters: Procellariidae. Storm-Petrels: Hydrobatidae. Boobies and Gannets: Sulidae. Pelicans: Pelecanidae. Cormorants: Phalacrocoracidae. Darters: Anhingidae. Frigatebirds: Fregatidae. Bitterns and Herons: Ardeidae. Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiomithidae. Storks: Ciconiidae. Swans, Geese, and Ducks: Anatidae. American Vultures: Catharidae. Kites, Hawks, Eagles and Allies: Accipitridae. Caracaras and Falcons: Falconidae. Guans: Cracidae. Partridges, Grouse, Turkey, and Quail: Phasianidae. Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae. Limpkins: Aramidae. Cranes: Gruidae. Plovers: Charadriidae. Oystercatchers: Haematopodidae. Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae. Jacanas: Jacanidae. Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies: Scolopacidae. Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae. Auks, Murres, and Puffins: Alcidae. Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae. Parakeets and Parrots: Psittacidae. Cuckoos, Roadrunner, and Anis: Cuculidae. Barn Owls: Tytonidae. Typical Owls: Strigidae. Goatsuckers: Caprimulgidae. Swifts: Apodidae. Hummingbirds: Trochilidae. Trogons: Trogonidae. Kingfishers: Alcedinidae. Woodpeckers: Picidae. Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidae. Larks: Alaudidae. Swallows: Hirundinidae. Jays, Magpies, and Crows: Corvidae. Titmica: Paridae. Verdin: Remizidae. Bushtits: Aegithalidae. Nutcatchers: Sittidae. Creepers: Certhiidae. Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae. Wrens: Troglodytidae. Dippers: Cinclidae. Old World Warblers, Gnatcatchers, Old World Flycatchers, Thrushes and Wrentit: Uscicapidae. Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Mimidae. Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae. Waxwings Bombycillidae. Silky-Flycatchers: Ptilogonatidae. Shrikes: Laniidae. Starlings: Stumidae. Vireos: Vireonidae. Wood-Warblers, Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbreaks, Sparrows, Buntins, Blackbirds, and Allies: Emberizidae. Fringinlline and Carueline Finches and Allies: Fringillidae. Old World Sparrows: Passeridae.

This good quality paperback provides a thorough species by species guide to the breeding biology of the birds of North America. From the Bird News: Scottish Ornithologist's Club Newsletter

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Editorial Reviews

British Birds
This is a fine guide and I certainly would not be without it if I lived in North America.
— Humphrey Q. P. Crick
Star Tribune
I was happy to see the best source on the subject reissued. . . . [It] gives you non-intrusive entry into the breeding world of birds, a most interesting place.
— Jim Williams
Birder's World
An essential companion to students of breeding biology is Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds, by Paul J. Baicich and Colin J.O. Harrison. The book covers 670 species that breed from the Arctic to the Mexico border.
Wildlife Activist
If you are into studying or searching for bird nests and identifying the occupants, this guide provides a wealth of details. . . .This is a great reference text.
— Robert E. Hoopes
British Birds - Humphrey Q.P. Crick
This is a fine guide and I certainly would not be without it if I lived in North America.
Star Tribune - Jim Williams
I was happy to see the best source on the subject reissued. . . . [It] gives you non-intrusive entry into the breeding world of birds, a most interesting place.
Wildlife Activist - Robert E. Hoopes
If you are into studying or searching for bird nests and identifying the occupants, this guide provides a wealth of details. . . .This is a great reference text.
British Birds - Humphrey Q. P. Crick
This is a fine guide and I certainly would not be without it if I lived in North America.
From the Publisher
"This is a fine guide and I certainly would not be without it if I lived in North America."—Humphrey Q. P. Crick, British Birds

"I was happy to see the best source on the subject reissued. . . . [It] gives you non-intrusive entry into the breeding world of birds, a most interesting place."—Jim Williams, Star Tribune

"An essential companion to students of breeding biology is Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds, by Paul J. Baicich and Colin J.O. Harrison. The book covers 670 species that breed from the Arctic to the Mexico border."—Birder's World

"If you are into studying or searching for bird nests and identifying the occupants, this guide provides a wealth of details. . . .This is a great reference text."—Robert E. Hoopes, Wildlife Activist

"This work is the current authority on identifying basic bird nidification, as nest making is termed."—Library Journal

"If you've ever had a question about the type of nest built by a certain species, the number of eggs laid or how long the babies will remain in the nest, this book will give you the answer. Even casual birders may find this book handy."—Jennifer J. Meyer, Orange County Register

Wildlife Activist

If you are into studying or searching for bird nests and identifying the occupants, this guide provides a wealth of details. . . .This is a great reference text.
— Robert E. Hoopes
Star Tribune

I was happy to see the best source on the subject reissued. . . . [It] gives you non-intrusive entry into the breeding world of birds, a most interesting place.
— Jim Williams
British Birds

This is a fine guide and I certainly would not be without it if I lived in North America.
— Humphrey Q. P. Crick
Birder's World

An essential companion to students of breeding biology is Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds, by Paul J. Baicich and Colin J.O. Harrison. The book covers 670 species that breed from the Arctic to the Mexico border.
Library Journal
09/01/2013
With 64 color plates featuring 600-plus illustrations and 100 more in black and white, this work is the current authority on identifying basic bird nidification, as nest making is termed. Depicted are eggs and young but not many nests, with text on the nest, eggs, incubation, nestling, and nestling period.
Paul A. Johnsgard
[The first edition of this book was] far better than the guide to birds nests by Hal Harrison in the well-known Peterson field guide series. All told, this book will be of great usefulness to field ornithologists, and, if larger than most field guides, it nonetheless is well worth hauling along in a knapsack or glove compartment. It also belongs in personal and institutional libraries, especially those lacking the earlier edition.
Auk
Birders Journal
A valuable asset to anyone interested in nesting biology and the identification of eggs, nests and young.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691122953
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/23/2005
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Ser.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 331,186
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Species by Family
Nestling Plates
Egg Plates
Bibliography
Index of Common and Scientific Names

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    A Review of Nests Eggs and Nestlings

    A complete, thorough, and comprehinsive guide to the nesting habits of most if not all the birds of North America.

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