A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors

A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors


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A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors by Brian K. Wheeler, William S. Clark

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: 9780127455310
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 06/30/1999
Series: Natural World Series
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(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

What People are Saying About This

Pete Dunn

As a hawk watcher of long standing, I have eagerly awaited this utilitarian partner to Clark and Wheeler's Hawks. First, because as a reference tool, it will be invaluable to serious hawk watchers. The information it contains is age class and subspecies specific; the format is straight forward; and the material is easily referenced...This new guide, with its employment of photos and integrated concern for the problems presented by lookalike species, will also serve the novice, saving them much time, effort, embarrassment, and...Frustration! On a global scale, there are few living human beings who know more about birds of prey than William S. Clark and none, to my mind, who know more about their identification. On the more focused subject of North America's diurnal raptors, he has few peers--but one of them is Brian K. Wheeler, whose photos dominatethis book...There are many nature photographers who specialize in capturing birds of prey on film. Few are as good as Brian and some say none. (Pete Dunn, Director, Natural History Information, New Jersey Audubon Society)

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