A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors

A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors

by Brian K. Wheeler, William S. Clark
     
 

ISBN-10: 069111644X

ISBN-13: 9780691116440

Pub. Date: 05/12/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Whether soaring or perched, diurnal birds of prey often present challenging identification problems for the bird enthusiast. Variable plumage, color morphs, and unique individual characteristics are just some of the factors bird watchers must consider when identifying the different species. In this authoritative reference, two of the world's top experts on raptors

Overview

Whether soaring or perched, diurnal birds of prey often present challenging identification problems for the bird enthusiast. Variable plumage, color morphs, and unique individual characteristics are just some of the factors bird watchers must consider when identifying the different species. In this authoritative reference, two of the world's top experts on raptors provide an essential guide to the variations in the species, allowing for easier recognition of key identification points. All the distinguishing marks described have been exhaustively tested in a wide range of field conditions by the authors as well as the colleagues and students who have learned from them.

Key Features:

  • The only complete photographic guide to North American diurnal birds of prey
  • Includes all species, common and rare
  • Written by well-known experts
  • Contains 365 photographs, each with an explanatory caption and supporting text describing all 43 species of diurnal raptors found in North America
  • Features 14 discussions of specific problems in practical identification
  • Complete set showing every plumage
  • Raptor I.D. problem section showing similar species side by side

Species List:

Turkey Vulture. Black Vulture. California Condor. Osprey. Hook-billed Kite. Swallow-tailed Kite. White-tailed Kite. Snail Kite. Mississippi Kite. Bald Eagle. Northern Harrier. Sharp-shinned Hawk. Cooper's Hawk. Northern Goshawk. Common Black Hawk. Harris' Hawk. Gray Hawk. Red-shouldered Hawk. Broad-winged Hawk. Short-tailed Hawk. Swainson's Hawk. White-tailed Hawk. Zone-tailed Hawk. Red-tailed Hawk. Ferruginous Hawk. Rough-legged Hawk. Golden Eagle. Crested Caracara. American Kestrel. Merlin. Aplomado Falcon. Gyrfalcon. Peregrine. Prairie Falcon. Crane Hawk. Roadside Hawk. Hawaiian Hawk. Red-backed Hawk. Steller's Sea Eagle. White-tailed Eagle. Collared Forest Falcon. Northern Hobby. Common Kestrel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691116440
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
198
Sales rank:
306,147
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Forward by Pete Dunne vii
Acknowledgments ix
Photo Credits xi
Introduction xiii
Glossary and Anatomy xv
Vultures 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Black Vulture 5
California Condor 7
Osprey 9
Kites 12
Hook-billed Kite 12
Swallow-tailed Kite 15
Snail Kite 20
Mississippi Kite 23
Northern Harrier 28
Accipiters 32
Sharp-shinned haek 32
Cooper's hawk 35
Northern Goshawk 38
Buteonines 42
Common Black Hawk 42
Harris' hawk 42
Gray Hawk 45
Red-shouldered Hawk 49
Broad-winged Hawk 56
Short-tailed Hawk 60
Swainsin's Hawk 63
White-tailed Hawk 73
Zoned-tailed hawk 79
Red-tailed Hawk 82
Ferruginous Hawk 100
Rough-legged hawk 108
Eagles 116
Bald Eagle 116
Golden eagle 123
Crested Caracara 127
Falcons 130
American Kestrel 130
Aplomado Falcon 133
Merlin 136
Prairie Falcon 141
Gyrfalcon 145
Peregrine 149
Vagrants 154
Crane Hawk 154
White-tailed Eagle 154
Stellar's Sea Eagle 155
Roadside hawk 159
Red-backed Buzzard 161
Hawiian hawk 162
Collared Forest-Falcon 163
Common Kestrel 164
Northern Hobby 166
Raptor identification problems 168
Index 197

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