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Hawks and Owls of Eastern North America

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A nice handy guide to hawks and owls, especially for beginners and less experienced birders... A valuable reference.
— Wildlife Activist

Especially helpful for the identification of hawks in flight... Recommended.
— Choice

With their legendary nocturnal behavior, a preference for remote habitats, changing migratory patterns, and swift flight speeds, birds of prey are ...

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Overview

A nice handy guide to hawks and owls, especially for beginners and less experienced birders... A valuable reference.
— Wildlife Activist

Especially helpful for the identification of hawks in flight... Recommended.
— Choice

With their legendary nocturnal behavior, a preference for remote habitats, changing migratory patterns, and swift flight speeds, birds of prey are particularly difficult to identify and track. Hawks and Owls of Eastern North America depicts the subtle differences and rich diversity among these magnificent birds. Precise identification notes and more than 200 crisp, clean photographs aid in quick and accurate classifications of a variety of raptors.

The book profiles 39 species among the New World vultures, osprey, kites, eagles, hawks and allies, falcons,
owls and vagrants.

A number of features make this book especially useful:

  • Descriptions are concisely organized and show sexual dimorphism, seasonal and immature plumage, and distinctive markings
  • Photographs show the birds in their natural environments through the seasons
  • Range maps show where each species is normally found, increasing the probability of a sighting
  • Comparison charts with "look-alike" birds grouped on a single page are a distinct advantage when trying to identify a quick-flying hawk.

With 16 additional new pages and over 200 photographs, this edition of Hawks and Owls of Eastern North America is indispensable to naturalists and birders.

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Editorial Reviews

Science Books and Film - James W. Kessler
Written primarily for beginners and less experienced bird watchers... the author has included many tips which will help distinguish the characteristics necessary for proper identification... Since the book contains over 200 excellent photographs, more experienced birders could find it useful as a reference manual.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554079995
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/8/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised & Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 354,009
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris G. Earley is the Interpretive Biologist at the University of Guelph's Arboretum and author of Sparrows and Finches, Waterfowl of Eastern North America and Warblers.

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Table of Contents

Those magnificent raptors 7

How to use this book 8

A note to beginners 10

The quotes 11

Taxonomy 11

Classification of the birds in this book 12

Hawk groups 13

Identification features 14

Hawk look-alikes 16

Seasonal status of hawks & owls 17

Bird profiles 18

Black Vulture 18

Turkey Vulture 20

Osprey 24

Swallow-tailed Kite 28

Mississippi Kite 30

Bald Eagle 32

Northern Harrier 36

Sharp-shinned Hawk 40

Cooper's Hawk 44

Northern Goshawk 48

Red-shouldered Hawk 52

Broad-winged Hawk 54

Swainson's Hawk 58

Red-tailed Hawk 62

Ferruginous Hawk 66

Rough-legged Hawk 68

Golden Eagle 72

American Kestrel 74

Merlin 78

Gyrfalcon 80

Peregrine Falcon 82

Prairie Falcon 84

Barn Owl 86

Eastern Screech-Owl 88

Great Horned Owl 90

5nowy Owl 92

Northern Hawk Owl 94

Barred Owl 96

Great Gray Owl 98

Long-eared Owl 100

Short-eared Owl 102

Boreal Owl 104

Northern Saw-whet Owl 106

Vagrants 108

White-tailed Kite 108

Snail Kite 108

Harris's Hawk 109

Short-tailed Hawk 109

Crested Caracara 110

Burrowing Owl 110

Owl prowls & more 111

Raptor review 112

References 130

Comparison charts 132

Owl comparison chart 132

Accipiter comparison charts 134

Broad-winged/Red-shouldered Hawk comparison chart - in flight 138

Hawk comparison charts 140

Index 144

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  • Posted May 12, 2013

    BEST NATURE BOOK ON HAWKS AND OWLS EVER

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