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Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species

Field / Identification Guide

By: S David Scott and Casey McFarland

358 pages, 495 colour photos, 391 maps & 12 illus

Stackpole Books

Paperback | Sep 2010 | #187617 | ISBN-13: 9780811736183
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NHBS Price: £29.99 $42/€34 approx

About this book

This guide teaches birders to use the characteristics of wing types and feather morphology to identify feathers - not only by species but also by their place on the bird's body. The introductory chapters give a detailed overview of the feather - how feathers developed, the parts of a single feather, and the variety of types of feathers on a bird. In the feather identification section, over 400 colour photographs show feather samples from 379 bird species from all over North America. Along with the wing type of the species and a map showing its range, several types of feathers are included for each bird; each feather is labelled with its type and its size.

"As a reference, Bird Feathers will be useful to anyone who spends significant time outdoors. But for birders, it’s even more valuable for the insight it provides into birds’ lives, form, and appearance."
- Grant McCreary (24-02-2011), read the full review at The Birder's Library

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