1039 pages, 35 illus
First published more than twenty years ago, this volume has been fully revised and updated. It provides accounts of the basic elements of birdlife, as well as a wealth of easy-to-access information on such subjects as bird physiology and anatomy, terms and jargon, name definitions and etymology, and ornithological groupings. Biographical sketches of persons responsible for describing or naming a significant number of North American species are also included.
A wonderful book that I highly recommend... I've had the original, encyclopedic book for years and couldn't do without it. -- Jim Williams Minneapolis Star Tribune A thousand-page A-to-Z guide to all things avian... There is much here that will engage every level of birder. American Scientist Leahy's style is by turns serious and scholarly or personal and whimsical, appropriate to a comprehensive reference for [all] birders. Choice It's equal parts erudition and plain fascination, laced with good humor. -- Michael Bowen Audubon Naturalist News Birders take note! ... Chock full of bird lore and scientific authority, this book is a never-ending source of delight. Biology Digest A volume that can be picked up anytime and opened randomly for a bit of bird-lore. -- Jerome A. Jackson Birder's World This A-Z reference guide provides a wealth of information, from the basics to little-known trivia. -- Kris Jones Ibis
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