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Owls
     

Owls

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by Marianne Taylor
 

"These wonderful birds share our world so discreetly, and you could easily live out several lifetimes without ever seeing one. However, with a little insight, patience and luck, you could step into their realm and enjoy some unforgettable close encounters, whether abroad or at home. The chances are high that there are wild owls of one kind or another living not far

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"These wonderful birds share our world so discreetly, and you could easily live out several lifetimes without ever seeing one. However, with a little insight, patience and luck, you could step into their realm and enjoy some unforgettable close encounters, whether abroad or at home. The chances are high that there are wild owls of one kind or another living not far from your own front door, and your observations could make a difference to their survival."—from the Introduction

From tiny Elf and Pygmy Owls through the familiar Tawny and Barn Owls to the giant Eagle and Fish Owls, these fierce hunters of dawn, dusk and night have long held a fascination for people around the world. This informative book, covering all owl species found in the northern hemisphere, looks closely at how owls live their lives, and how best to recognize them.

The first part of the book looks in detail at owl biology: how they live, how they breed, and how they feed. The second part includes species accounts for all 47 species of owls that occur in the northern hemisphere, with emphasis on those of Europe and North America. The book is richly illustrated with sensational, full-color photographs of these compelling birds.

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Marianne Taylor "presents intriguing glimpses into the lives of these birds. . . . Individual species accounts, covering all 42 types occurring in North America and northern Eurasia, make up most of the text. These accounts contain far more detailed information about each species than what is provided in a field guide and include at least one photograph of each species. The photography is absolutely stunning, and portraits or action photos adorn every page. Summing Up: Highly recommended."—Choice (July 2013)

"This informative book, covering all owl species found in the northern hemisphere, looks closely at how owls live their lives, and how best to recognize them. . . . These detailed accounts provide ample information on each species' range, evolution and relationships, geographical variation, breeding behavior, life history, movements and migration, calls, habitat, hunting/foraging behavior, diet, physical description, and conservation status. The large-format book is richly illustrated with sensational, full-color photographs of these compelling birds."—Northeastern Naturalist (2012)

Library Journal
Mikkola's (Owls of Europe) superb reference title covers perennially popular owls. Excellent color photographs capture the charm and allure of these elusive, mysterious birds. Much more than a photographic guide, the book features authoritative and extensive text that aids with identification and discusses food, hunting, calls, status, distribution, alternative names, habitat, geographic variation, and similar species. Offering attractive range maps and an astounding 739 high-quality color photographs for all but 10 of 249 species, Mikkola's landmark title is not overpriced. The maps are good but would be improved if some political boundaries were shown. Claus König's Owls: A Guide to Owls of the World is also excellent, shows political boundaries, and has a much more extensive bibliography, but the paintings, although good enough, have a washed out, unsatisfying aspect. Mikkola's introduction covers owls' general biology and shared qualities in detail, with a glossary, and is a fine resource in its own right. VERDICT Attractive, complete, and handy, this book is most highly recommended for all but the smallest academic and public libraries.—Sally Bickley, William F. White, Jr. Lib., Del Mar Coll., Corpus Christi, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801451812
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
447,017
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 3.00(d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Taylor is the author of British Birds of Prey, RSPB Where to Discover Nature, and RSPB Naturewatch.

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Owls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Roxy7172 More than 1 year ago
It's very informative and has beautiful detailed pictures. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago