Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

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Overview

There is no group of birds more mysterious and fascinating than owls. The loudmouths of the raptor world, they peep, trill, toot, bark, growl, shriek, whistle, chittle, whoop, chuckle, boom, and buzz. Indeed, very few actually "hoot." They have become the stuff of lore and legend—from the Roman myth that an owl foot could reveal secrets to the First Nations belief that an owl feather could give a newborn better night vision. But the truth about owls is much more exciting.

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Overview

There is no group of birds more mysterious and fascinating than owls. The loudmouths of the raptor world, they peep, trill, toot, bark, growl, shriek, whistle, chittle, whoop, chuckle, boom, and buzz. Indeed, very few actually "hoot." They have become the stuff of lore and legend—from the Roman myth that an owl foot could reveal secrets to the First Nations belief that an owl feather could give a newborn better night vision. But the truth about owls is much more exciting.

In this gorgeous book, celebrated natural history writer and wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch reveals the secrets of these elusive species with stunning photographs, personal anecdotes, and accessible science. The photos alone are masterpieces. Unlike most published owl photos, which are portraits of birds in captivity, the vast majority of these were taken in the wild—a product of the author-photographer's incredible knowledge and patience.

Lynch complements the photos with a wealth of facts about anatomy, habitat, diet, and family life. For each of the nineteen species that inhabit Canada and the United States, he provides a range map and a brief discussion of its distribution, population size, and status. Lynch debunks myths about owls' "supernatural" powers of sight and hearing, discusses courtship rituals, and offers personal tips for finding owls in the wild.

From the great horned to the tiny elf owl, this amazing volume captures the beauty and mystery of these charismatic birds of prey.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Tuscaloosa News - Whit Gibbons

Beautiful, readable, and affordable. So if you plan to give it as a give, I suggest you buy a copy for yourself as well.

Southeastern Naturalist - C. R.

This beautifully illustrated book contains a wealth of fascinating information... Will be much appreciated by birders, naturalists, and anyone with an interest in owls.

Great Plains Research - Paul A. Johnsgard

I have more than a dozen owl books... but probably none is so attractive and accessibly informative as this one.

Bird Watcher's Digest - Jim Cirigliano

Overall this book is a pleasure to read whether you're a diehard owl enthusiast or a casual admirerer. You'll find yourself wanting to leave this book somewhere conspicuous, so you can show the images off to friends, family, and unwary passersby.

Choice

This is, in short, far and away the best owl book this reviewer has seen designed especially for general audiences. The writing is clear, concise, scientifically accurate, and totally readable.

Southeastern Naturalist
This beautifully illustrated book contains a wealth of fascinating information... Will be much appreciated by birders, naturalists, and anyone with an interest in owls.

— C. R.

Quarterly Review of Biology

This work is a labor of love. The author has done an admirable job.

Wildlife Activist

Thoughtfully organized... it is an outstanding reference for this remarkable family of birds.

Birdingnet.com

This is a must have book for anyone interested in owls.

Tuscaloosa News
Beautiful, readable, and affordable. So if you plan to give it as a give, I suggest you buy a copy for yourself as well.

— Whit Gibbons

Choice

This is, in short, far and away the best owl book this reviewer has seen designed especially for general audiences. The writing is clear, concise, scientifically accurate, and totally readable.

Great Plains Research
I have more than a dozen owl books... but probably none is so attractive and accessibly informative as this one.

— Paul A. Johnsgard

Bird Watcher's Digest

Overall this book is a pleasure to read whether you're a diehard owl enthusiast or a casual admirerer. You'll find yourself wanting to leave this book somewhere conspicuous, so you can show the images off to friends, family, and unwary passersby.

— Jim Cirigliano

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801886874
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 309,673
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Lynch began work as a full-time science writer and photographer in 1979. Today he is the author of numerous award-winning books and television documentaries and one of Canada's best-known and most widely published photographers. His books include Wild Birds across the Prairies; Mountain Bears; A Is for Arctic; and Penguins of the World. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Wonderful book. Well written for novice and experienced bird wat

    Wonderful book. Well written for novice and experienced bird watchers.  Beautiful pictures make you feel as though you are in the wild with these wonderful creatures .

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

    Well written, gorgeous pictures !

    Makes for easy reading with very nice pictures. The author is some kind of professional photographer/science writer, which adds some credibility to the text and makes the book more than a collection of nice photographs.

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