The Hummingbirds of North America, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Swift and iridescent, hummingbirds are found only in the New World, and encompass an amazing variety of specializations. No other family of birds can lay claim to so many superlatives, including smallest size, most rapid wingbeat, and most specialized plumages. While many species can be attracted to feeding stations and backyard flower gardens, others can be found only in the wild.

Paul A. Johnsgard's Hummingbirds of North America is the only book devoted to the identification, distribution, and biology — both individual and comparative — of all hummingbirds that breed in North America. First published in 1983, this acclaimed volume now has been revised and expanded to include twenty-five Mexican species, such as the long-billed starthroat and the fork-tailed emeralds, thereby more than doubling the species coverage of the original edition. Full species-by-species accounts survey the evolutionary history, anatomical and physiological specializations, and comparative ecology, behavior, and reproductive biology of this largest family of nonpasserine birds. Individual accounts are complemented by 24 full-color paintings.

Including updated range maps, identification keys, and a bibliography that has been broadened to include literature on the little-known Mexican species, the book is both accessible to amateur birders and an authoritative volume for ornithologists.

"A treasury of information..A volume to take along for a season of hummingbird studies in the field as well as to enjoy at home."--Science

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Johnsgard is to be congratulated for once again condensing a vast literature into a very useful single volume, the best now available on hummingbirds. (The Auk)

The Hummingbirds of North America is an admirable success and I recommend it as good, informative reading. (The Wilson Bulletin)

A model of what such a book should be in attractiveness of design, color plates, other illustrations, and text. . . . as colorful and unique as the species it describes. (Snowy Egret)

A treasury of information. . . . A volume to take along for a season of hummingbird studies as well as to enjoy at home. (Science)

A treasury of information. . . . A volume to take along for a season of hummingbird studies as well as to enjoy at home.
The Auk
Johnsgard is to be congratulated for once again condensing a vast literature into a very useful single volume, the best now available on hummingbirds.
The Wilson Bulletin
The Hummingbirds of North America is an admirable success and I recommend it as good, informative reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560987086
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 8/17/1997
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Johnsgard has published more than forty books, including Trogons and Quetzals of the World (2000). He recently retired from the University of Nebraska and lives in Lincoln.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface to the Second Edition Chapter 2 Preface to the First Edition Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 I. Comparative Biology of Hummingbirds Chapter 5 1. Classification, Distribution, and General Attributes Chapter 6 2. Evolution and Speciation Chapter 7 3. Comparative Anatomy and Physiology Chapter 8 4. Comparative Ecology Chapter 9 5. Comparative Behavior Chapter 10 6. Comparative Reproductive Biology Part 11 II. Natural Histories of North American Hummingbirds Chapter 12 Long-Tailed Hermit Chapter 13 Little Hermit Chapter 14 Wedge-Tailed Sabrewing Chapter 15 Violet Sabrewing Chapter 16 White-Necked Jacobin Chapter 17 Green Violet-Ear Chapter 18 Green-Breasted Mango Chapter 19 Emerald-Chinned Hummingbird Chapter 20 Rufous-Crested Coquette Chapter 21 Black-Crested Coquette Chapter 22 Fork-Tailed Emerald Complex Chapter 23 Cuban Emerald Chapter 24 Dusky Hummingbird Chapter 25 Broad-Billed Hummingbird Chapter 26 Crowned Woodnymph Chapter 27 Xantus Hummingbird Chapter 28 White-Earned Hummingbird Chapter 29 Blue-Throated Goldentail Chapter 30 White-Bellied Emerald Chapter 31 Azure-Crowned Hummingbird Chapter 32 Berylline Hummingbird Chapter 33 Cinnamon Hummingbird Chapter 34 Buff-Bellied Hummingbird Chapter 35 Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird Chapter 36 Violet-Crowned Hummingbird Chapter 37 Green-Fronted Hummingbird Chapter 38 Stripe-Tailed Hummingbird Chapter 39 Blue-Throated Hummingbird Chapter 40 Amethyst-Throated Hummingbird Chapter 41 Garnet-Throated Hummingbird Chapter 42 Magnificent Hummingbird Chapter 43 Plain-Capped Starthroat Chapter 44 Long-Billed Starthroat Chapter 45 Mexican Sheartail Chapter 46 Sparkling-Tailed Hummingbird Chapter 47 Lucifer Hummingbird Chapter 48 Beautiful Hummingbird Chapter 49 Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Chapter 50 Black-Chinned Hummingbird Chapter 51 Anna Hummingbird Chapter 52 Costa Hummingbird Chapter 53 Bahama Woodstar Chapter 54 Calliope Hummingbird Chapter 55 Bumblebee Hummingbird Chapter 56 Broad-Tailed Hummingbird Chapter 57 Rufous Hummingbird Chapter 58 Allen Hummingbird Part 59 Appendixes Chapter 60 Key to Identification of North American Hummingbirds Chapter 61 Key to Identification of Mexican Hummingbirds Chapter 62 Glossary Chapter 63 Origins of Latin Names of North American Hummingbirds

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