Raptors of New Mexico [NOOK Book]

Overview

No book has ever before specifically focused on the birds of prey of New Mexico. Both Florence Bailey (1928) and J. Stokley Ligon (1961) published volumes on the birds of New Mexico, but their coverage of raptors was somewhat limited. In the ensuing years a great deal of new information has been collected on these mighty hunters' distribution, ecology, and conservation, including in New Mexico.

The book begins with a history of the word "raptor." The order of Raptatores, or ...

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Overview

No book has ever before specifically focused on the birds of prey of New Mexico. Both Florence Bailey (1928) and J. Stokley Ligon (1961) published volumes on the birds of New Mexico, but their coverage of raptors was somewhat limited. In the ensuing years a great deal of new information has been collected on these mighty hunters' distribution, ecology, and conservation, including in New Mexico.

The book begins with a history of the word "raptor." The order of Raptatores, or Raptores, was first used to classify birds of prey in the early nineteenth century, derived from the Latin word raptor, one who seizes by force. The text then includes the writings of thirty-seven contributing authors who relate their observations on these regal species.

For example, Joe Truett recounts the following in the chapter on the Swainson's Hawk:
"From spring to fall each year at the Jornada Caves in the Jornada del Muerto, Swainson's hawks assemble daily to catch bats. The bats exit the caves--actually lava tubes--near sundown. The hawks swoop in, snatch bats from the air, and eat them on the wing."


Originally from France, Jean-Luc Cartron has lived and worked on several continents, finding his passion in the wide-open spaces of New Mexico. He became fascinated by the birds of prey and has studied their ecology and conservation for nearly twenty years.

Raptors of New Mexico will provide readers with a comprehensive treatment of all hawks, eagles, kites, vultures, falcons, and owls breeding or wintering in New Mexico, or simply migrating through the state. This landmark study is also beautifully illustrated with more than six hundred photographs, including the work of more than one hundred photographers, and more than twenty species distribution maps.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826341471
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 1,190,009
  • File size: 36 MB
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Meet the Author

Jean-Luc E. Cartron (M.D., 1991, University of Paris Val de Marne, France; and Ph.D., 1995, Biology, University of New Mexico) is a research assistant professor at UNM and the director of the Drylands Institute New Mexico office. He has written numerous articles on raptor ecology and is the editor of Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Conservation in Northern Mexico.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Richard L. Glinski Glinski, Richard L.

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

Raptor Morphology 7

Maps 11

PART I Introductory Chapters

1 An Introduction to New Mexico's Floristic Zones and Vegetation Communities Timothy K. Lowrey Lowrey, Timothy K. 17

2 Raptor Migration Dynamics in New Mexico Jeff P. Smith Smith, Jeff P. 29

PART II Species Accounts

3 Turkey Vulture Jean-Luc E. Cartron Cartron, Jean-Luc E. 71

4 Osprey Dale W. Stahlecker Stahlecker, Dale W. 87

5 White-tailed Kite David J. Krueper Krueper, David J. 107

6 Mississippi Kite Antonio (Tony) Gennaro Gennaro, Antonio (Tony) 121

7 Bald Eagle Hira A. Walker Walker, Hira A. 131

8 Northern Harrier Robert H. Doster Doster, Robert H. 151

9 Sharp-shinned Hawk John P. Delong Delong, John P. 165

10 Cooper's Hawk Scott H. Stoleson Stoleson, Scott H. 177

11 Northern Goshawk Jean-Luc E. Cartron Cartron, Jean-Luc E. 195

12 Common Black-Hawk Giancarlo Sadoti Sadoti, Giancarlo 213

13 Harris's Hawk James C. Bednarz Bednarz, James C. 227

14 Broad-winged Hawk Jean-Luc E. Cartron Cartron, Jean-Luc E. 253

15 Gray Hawk David J. Krueper Krueper, David J. 267

16 Swainson's Hawk Joe C. Truett Truett, Joe C. 277

17 Zone-tailed Hawk Giancarlo Sadoti Sadoti, Giancarlo 297

18 Red-tailed Hawk Giancarlo Sadoti Sadoti, Giancarlo 315

19 Ferruginous Hawk Hart R. Schwarz Schwarz, Hart R. 337

20 Rough-legged Hawk Zach F. Jones Jones, Zach F. 359

21 Golden Eagle David G. Mikesic Mikesic, David G. 371

22 American Kestrel Jean-Luc E. Cartron Cartron, Jean-Luc E. 393

23 Merlin Dale W. Stahlecker Stahlecker, Dale W. 415

24 Aplomado Falcon Quinn H. Young Young, Quinn H. 429

25 Peregrine Falcon Dale W. Stahlecker Stahlecker, Dale W. 445

26 Prairie Falcon Blair O. Wolf Wolf, Blair O. 461

27 Barn Owl Steven W. Cox Cox, Steven W. 475

28 Flammulated Owl David P. Arsenault Arsenault, David P. 493

29 Western Screech-Owl Scott H. Stoleson Stoleson, Scott H. 511

30 Whiskered Screech-Owl Nancy Y. Gehlbach Gehlbach, Nancy Y. 525

31 Great Horned Owl Jean-Luc E. Cartron Cartron, Jean-Luc E. 537

32 Northern Pygmy-Owl Nancy Y. Gehlbach Gehlbach, Nancy Y. 555

33 Elf Owl J. David Ligon Ligon, J. David 565

34 Burrowing Owl Martha J. Desmond Desmond, Martha J. 579

35 Spotted Owl Peter Stacey Stacey, Peter 597

36 Long-eared Owl Jean-Luc E. Cartron Cartron, Jean-Luc E. 623

37 Short-eared Owl Gregory S. Keller Keller, Gregory S. 639

38 Boreal Owl Dale W. Stahlecker Stahlecker, Dale W. 649

39 Northern Saw-whet Owl John P. Delong Delong, John P. 659

40 Casual and Accidental Raptors Jean-Luc E. Cartron Cartron, Jean-Luc E. 671

Conclusion 683

Appendices 687

Glossary 699

Contributing Authors 703

Index 705

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