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The Sibley guide to bird life & behavior

Author: David Sibley; Chris Elphick; John B Dunning; National Audubon Society.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. ©2001
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Andrew Stewart Publishing edition, Flexibind EditionView all editions and formats
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Designed to enhance the birding experience and to enrich the popular study of North American birds, the book combines more than 795 full-color illustrations with authoritative text by 48 expert birders and biologists. Introductory essays outline the principles of avian evolution, life cycle, body structure, and flight dynamics. The 80 family-by-family chapters describe the range of behavior dictated by birds'  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Sibley; Chris Elphick; John B Dunning; National Audubon Society.
ISBN: 9781400043866 1400043867
OCLC Number: 863051110
Notes: At head of title: National Audubon Society.
Map on back lining papers.
Includes index.
Description: 588 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: The world of birds: Flight, form, and function. The implications of flight --
Feathers --
Molts and plumages --
Aerodynamics --
Feet, bills, and digestion --
Bones and muscle --
Respiration and metabolism --
Senses and vocal apparatus --
Bird intelligence --
Origins, evolution, and classification. The origin of birds --
How bird species originate --
Classification --
Behavior. The study of bird behavior --
The function of behaviors --
Daily and seasonal rhythms --
Daily maintenance behaviors --
Migration --
Dispersal --
Communication --
Reproductive behavior --
Understanding behavior: The outer frontier --
Habitats and distributions. Range and habitat --
Habitat distribution patterns --
Habitat types --
Forests and woodlands --
Grasslands --
Shrublands --
Deserts --
Tundra --
Wetland and aquatic habitats --
Ocean habitats --
Human-created habitats --
Populations and conservation. What determines bird population sizes? --
Population regulation --
Conservation threats --
Tracking bird populations in North America --
Protecting North American birds. Part II: Bird families of North America. Loons --
Grebes --
Albatrosses --
Shearwaters and petrels --
Storm-petrels --
Tropicbirds --
Boobies and gannets --
Pelicans --
Cormorants --
Darters (anhinga) --
Frigatebirds --
Herons, egrets, and bitterns --
Ibises and spoonbills --
Storks --
New world vultures --
Flamingos --
Ducks, geese, and swans --
Hawks and allies --
Falcons and caracaras --
Chachalacas and allies --
Grouse, turkeys, and allies --
New world quail --
Rails, gallinules, and coots --
Limpkin --
Cranes --
Thick-knees --
Plovers and lapwings --
Oystercatchers --
Stilts and avocets --
Jacanas --
Sandpipers, phalaropes, and allies --
Coursers and pratincoles --
Gulls, terns, and allies --
Auks --
Pigeons and doves --
Parrots and allies --
Cuckoos, roadrunners, and anis --
Barn owls --
Typical owls --
Nighthawks and nightjars --
Swifts --
Hummingbirds --
Trogons --
Hoopoe --
Kingfishers --
Woodpeckers and allies --
Tyrant flycatchers --
Shrikes --
Vireos --
Crows and jays --
larks --
Swallows and martins --
Chickadees and titmice --
Penduline tits (verdin) --
Long-tailed tits (bushtit) --
Nuthatches --
Creepers --
Wrens --
Dippers --
Bulbuls --
Kinglets --
Old world warblers and gnatcatchers --
Old world flycatchers --
Thrushes --
Babblers (wrentit) --
Mockingbirds and thrashers --
Starlings and mynas --
Accentors --
Wagtails and pipits --
Waxwings --
Silky-flycatchers --
Olive warbler --
Wood-warblers --
Bananaquit --
Tanagers --
New world sparrows --
Cardinals and allies --
Blackbirds, orioles, and allies --
Finches and allies --
Old world sparrows.
Other Titles: Sibley guide to bird life and behavior
Responsibility: illustrated by David Allen Sibley ; edited by Chris Elphick, John B. Dunning, Jr., David Allen Sibley.

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Designed to enhance the birding experience and to enrich the popular study of North American birds, the book combines more than 795 full-color illustrations with authoritative text by 48 expert birders and biologists. Introductory essays outline the principles of avian evolution, life cycle, body structure, and flight dynamics. The 80 family-by-family chapters describe the range of behavior dictated by birds' biology and environment. Among the subjects covered and illustrated are: molts and plumages, habitats, food and foraging, vocalizations and displays, courtship and breeding, rearing of young, migration and movements, scientific groupings, accidental species, introduced species, anatomy, nests and eggs, flight patterns, and conservation.

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