Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

by Wayne Lynch
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Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior by Wayne Lynch

There is no group of birds more mysterious and fascinating than owls. The loudmouths of the raptor world, they peep, trill, toot, bark, growl, shriek, whistle, chittle, whoop, chuckle, boom, and buzz. Indeed, very few actually "hoot." They have become the stuff of lore and legend—from the Roman myth that an owl foot could reveal secrets to the First Nations belief that an owl feather could give a newborn better night vision. But the truth about owls is much more exciting.

In this gorgeous book, celebrated natural history writer and wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch reveals the secrets of these elusive species with stunning photographs, personal anecdotes, and accessible science. The photos alone are masterpieces. Unlike most published owl photos, which are portraits of birds in captivity, the vast majority of these were taken in the wild—a product of the author-photographer's incredible knowledge and patience.

Lynch complements the photos with a wealth of facts about anatomy, habitat, diet, and family life. For each of the nineteen species that inhabit Canada and the United States, he provides a range map and a brief discussion of its distribution, population size, and status. Lynch debunks myths about owls' "supernatural" powers of sight and hearing, discusses courtship rituals, and offers personal tips for finding owls in the wild.

From the great horned to the tiny elf owl, this amazing volume captures the beauty and mystery of these charismatic birds of prey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801886874
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 273,803
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range: Up to 18 Years

About the Author

Wayne Lynch began work as a full-time science writer and photographer in 1979. Today he is the author of numerous award-winning books and television documentaries and one of Canada's best-known and most widely published photographers. His books include Wild Birds across the Prairies; Mountain Bears; A Is for Arctic; and Penguins of the World. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. Well written for novice and experienced bird watchers.  Beautiful pictures make you feel as though you are in the wild with these wonderful creatures .
Kathleen82 More than 1 year ago
Makes for easy reading with very nice pictures. The author is some kind of professional photographer/science writer, which adds some credibility to the text and makes the book more than a collection of nice photographs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, well written and wonderful photos informative
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