Hummingbirds of Texas: with Their New Mexico and Arizona Ranges

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Written for a general audience, with spectacular images for birders and nature enthusiasts at every level, Hummingbirds of Texas reveals the enormous appeal of this tiniest and shiniest of birds. The book opens with a look at the many manifestations of the human attraction to these flying jewels.
 
• The Hummingbird Roundup, a citizen-science project run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has ...

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Overview

Written for a general audience, with spectacular images for birders and nature enthusiasts at every level, Hummingbirds of Texas reveals the enormous appeal of this tiniest and shiniest of birds. The book opens with a look at the many manifestations of the human attraction to these flying jewels.
 
• The Hummingbird Roundup, a citizen-science project run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has recruited hundreds of people to feed hummingbirds and record their activities throughout the state.
• The Rockport–Fulton Hummer/Bird Celebration, one of several festivals dedicated to hummingbirds, draws thousands of people each fall to the Texas coast where birds gather in huge numbers before migrating south.
• Bird-loving landowners invite the public to enjoy hummingbirds that live and breed on their ranches.
• Tips make attracting hummingbirds to your own lawn or garden easy, such as what to plant in the ground or in pots and how to choose and take care of feeders.
 
The authors then showcase the nineteen different hummingbird species that have appeared in the region covered by the book. Magnificent color photographs and original artwork aid in identification and accompany descriptions, range maps, and abundance graphs for each species.
 
Birds featured:
Allen's Hummingbird • Anna's Hummingbird • Berylline Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird • Blue-throated Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird • Broad-tailed Hummingbird • Buff-bellied
Hummingbird • Calliope Hummingbird • Costa's Hummingbird
Green-breasted Mango • Green Violet-ear • Lucifer Hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird • Plain-capped Starthroat • Ruby-throated
Hummingbird • Rufous Hummingbird • Violet-crowned Hummingbird
White-eared Hummingbird

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Editorial Reviews

Houston Chronicle
"Hummingbirds of Texas is a book Texans long have needed. . . . Stunning photographs, color drawings, and explanatory tables augment the clearly written text. You can enjoy the book by merely flipping the pages or giving it a close read, but in either case you will gain pleasure and knowledge in equal measure." —Houston Chronicle
The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Hummingbird enthusiasts, particularly those in Texas and its surrounding states, will love this book." — The Quarterly Review of Biology
The Facts
"This beautifully illustrated nature guide will inspire readers to add special plants to their gardens to attract these tiny, jewel-toned visitors."—The Facts
Kelly Bender
"The design, the photographs, the ILLUSTRATIONS, and the content are all fantastic. There are no weak points . . . . the practical information on birding sites as recreational destinations, the hummingbird habitat gardening, sections on hummingbird behavior and natural history, and the fantastic ‘field guide' to regional birds . . . . it is all fantastic." —Kelly Bender, urban wildlife biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Southeastern Naturalist
"Written for a general audience, with spectacular images for birders and nature enthusiasts at every level, Hummingbirds of Texas reveals the enormous appeal of this tiniest and shiniest of birds. The book opens with a look at the many manifestations of the human attraction to these flying jewels. The authors then showcase the nineteen different hummingbird species that have appeared in the region covered by the book. Magnificent color photographs and original artwork aid in identification and accompany descriptions, range maps, and abundance graphs for each species." —Southeastern Naturalist
Houston Chronicle

"Hummingbirds of Texas is a book Texans long have needed. . . . Stunning photographs, color drawings, and explanatory tables augment the clearly written text. You can enjoy the book by merely flipping the pages or giving it a close read, but in either case you will gain pleasure and knowledge in equal measure." --Houston Chronicle

The Quarterly Review of Biology

"Hummingbird enthusiasts, particularly those in Texas and its surrounding states, will love this book." -- The Quarterly Review of Biology

The Facts

"This beautifully illustrated nature guide will inspire readers to add special plants to their gardens to attract these tiny, jewel-toned visitors."--The Facts

Kelly Bender

"The design, the photographs, the ILLUSTRATIONS, and the content are all fantastic. There are no weak points . . . . the practical information on birding sites as recreational destinations, the hummingbird habitat gardening, sections on hummingbird behavior and natural history, and the fantastic ‘field guide'' to regional birds . . . . it is all fantastic." --Kelly Bender, urban wildlife biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603441100
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 769,557
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

CLIFFORD E. SHACKELFORD is the state-wide non-game ornithologist at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Nacogdoches, where he also hosts the radio show "Bird Calls" for NPR's Red River Radio. MADGE M. LINDSAY is the former executive director of Audubon Mississippi now living in Fort Davis, Texas. C. MARK KLYM, an information specialist at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department based in Bastrop, coordinates the Texas Hummingbird Roundup.

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