The Raptor Almanac: A Comprehensive Guide to Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Vultures

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The Raptor Almanac is a comprehensive reference to the 310 species of diurnal (day-flying) birds of prey worldwide, including hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. For the birder or naturalist who wants to go beyond the fundamentals, and especially for anyone fascinated by birds of prey, The Raptor Almanac gathers virtually every important fact about these birds in an accessible and entertaining manner.
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Overview

The Raptor Almanac is a comprehensive reference to the 310 species of diurnal (day-flying) birds of prey worldwide, including hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. For the birder or naturalist who wants to go beyond the fundamentals, and especially for anyone fascinated by birds of prey, The Raptor Almanac gathers virtually every important fact about these birds in an accessible and entertaining manner.
This inspiring, all-inclusive book covers raptor evolution, taxonomy, behavior, courtship and breeding, nesting, migration, human and bird interaction, environmental threats, and conservation efforts - from the well-known programs to reintroduce the California condor and peregrine falcon, to lesser-known efforts to preserve the snail kite and the ferruginous hawk. This full-color volume is an indispensable guide for all birdwatchers, raptor enthusiasts, and for anyone interested in the natural world.

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This book will appeal to all of the following groups: lovers of beautiful photography, lovers of nature, birdwatchers, historians, poets and scientists. It is an incredibly complete compilation of information about raptors, presented in a beautiful package with glossy pages and glorious photos. Weidensaul has been fascinated by raptors since he was a young child and now is the author of more than 24 natural history books. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book is the author's use of charts that illustrate every detail and comparison among the raptors one can think of: wintering areas, raptors that practice piracy, average breeding territory size, and bald eagle concentrations, for example. KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Lyons Press, 382p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to adult.
—Nola Theiss
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This exquisite guide will find a home in any public library and many a personal library: it covers over 300 species of raptors, blending the latest natural history facts and scientific research with photos and details of the birds in nature. From population and distribution statistics to accounts of items recovered from nests and nesting habits, Raptor Almanac is packed with fine details any avid birder will relish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592283583
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Weidensaul is a lifelong raptor enthusiast and licensed bird-bander specializing in birds of prey. He is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the critically acclaimed Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians, The Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year series; and A Kid's First Book of Birdwatching. His work has appeared in such publications as International Wildlife, Audubon, Bird Watcher's Digest, Outdoor Traveler, and Pennsylvania Wildlife. He lives in the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Sect. 1 Hunters on the Wind
1 What is a Raptor? 2
2 Evolution and Distribution 36
3 Anatomy and Physiology 42
4 Raptor Senses 71
5 Flight 79
Sect. 2 Ecology and Natural History
6 Behavior 86
7 Social Structure 94
8 Courtship and Breeding 107
9 Nesting and Nestlings 116
10 Hunting and Diet 151
11 Migration 178
12 Life Span and Mortality 210
Sect. 3 Conservation
13 Conservation Challenges 218
14 Legal Protection 227
15 Management Techniques 239
16 Conservation Case Histories 249
Sect. 4 Raptors in the Human World
17 Raptors as Symbols 286
18 Falconry 299
19 Raptors and Economics 305
20 Hawk-watching 312
21 Helping Raptors 332
App. I 343
App. II 351
Bibliography 362
Index 369
Photo Credit 382
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