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Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons of North America: Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons of North America
     

Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons of North America: Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons of North America

by Paul A. Johnsgard
 
In this newest and up-to-date book in a long line of respected works, Paul A. Johnsgard provides a comprehensive review of all thirty-one species of diurnal raptors that breed in the United States and Canada.

In his thorough style, Johnsgard presents the evolutionary history and the morphological features of this diverse group. He gives a detailed account of each of

Overview

In this newest and up-to-date book in a long line of respected works, Paul A. Johnsgard provides a comprehensive review of all thirty-one species of diurnal raptors that breed in the United States and Canada.

In his thorough style, Johnsgard presents the evolutionary history and the morphological features of this diverse group. He gives a detailed account of each of the thirty-one included species, including identifying characteristics to aid birders with field study, a survey of habitats, food and foraging ecology, social behavior, and breeding biology. He also discusses the conservation of these magnificent predators, since hawks, eagles, and falcons are among the wildlife that suffered most from use of DDT and other pesticides in the decades after WWII.

In addition to range maps, full-page figures, and numerous sketches, the book is handsomely illustrated and includes appendices, a glossary of technical terms, and a bibliography of more than 1,200 sources. Comparable to Johnsgard's highly prised North American Owls, this book will be a keystone in the library of every ornithologist, raptor buff, and birder, and a welcome new source for the ecologist and naturalist as well.

Editorial Reviews

Auk
. . . [The book] provides a concise, well-written summary of the state of knowledge of diurnal North American raptors. . . . This is a desirable addition to any personal, college, or university library.
Bloomsbury Review
The volume is a must for all serious raptor biologists, wildlife professionals, ornithologists, and birders . . . a treasure for any naturalist or wildlife enthusiast.
Helmut C. Mueller
I know of no better general, brief survey of the comparative biology, evolution and classification, foraging ecology, behavior, reproductive biology, population biology, and conservation of North American diurnal raptors. —BioScience
Library Journal - Library Journal
Following a general survey of their biology and classification, Johnsgard provides detailed accounts of the 31 breeding species of hawks, eagles, and falcons found in mainland United States and Canada. A glossary, extended bibliography, index, drawings, and color photos supplement the text. This is an accurate and readable monograph that has the ill luck to be published soon after an even more comprehensive and authoritative work on the same topic, Ralph S. Palmer's Handbook of North American Birds , Vols. 4-5 ( LJ 9/1/88), which many libraries will already own. Except for comprehensive research collections, the Johnsgard title, though an excellent work per se, is an optional purchase.-- Paul B. Cors, Univ. of Wyoming Lib., Laramie
Booknews
The author first discusses the evolutionary history of raptors and the morphological features they share, then in succeeding chapters details their comparative ecology, food and foraging, behavior, and reproductive biology. Individual species accounts include discussion of geographic range, weights and measurements, in-hand and in-field identification characters, subspecies, plumage variations, ecology, behavior, and breeding biology. Color photographs, two paintings, and detailed line drawings show internal and external anatomy, behavior, and field-identification characters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560989462
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Johnsgard is Foundation Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the author of The Pheasants of the World: Biology and Natural History, Second Edition (Smithsonian, 1999) and North American Owls: Biology and Natural History, Second Edition (Smithsonian, 2002).

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