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Owls of North America

Field / Identification Guide
Mysterious, silent and ferocious birds of prey

By: Frances Backhouse(Author)

216 pages, 70 colour photos, colour distribution maps

Firefly Books

Paperback | Sep 2013 | #206468 | ISBN-13: 9781770852327
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NHBS Price: £16.95 $22/€19 approx
Hardback | Sep 2008 | #202781 | ISBN-13: 9781554073429
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About this book

Owls are almost everywhere. These distinctive birds populate every continent except Antarctica and survive in everything from arid desert to arctic tundra to dense rain forest. In Owls of North America Frances Backhouse provides an in-depth yet lively study of these fascinating birds on the North American continent. Topics include anatomy and adaptations, mating behaviours, egg laying and chick rearing, feeding habits, communication displays and location.

Superbly designed birds of prey, owls are equipped with highly effective tools for killing and dismembering their prey: strong feet with curved, stiletto-like talons and a sturdy hooked bill with razor-sharp cutting edges. What makes owls unique is that most of them hunt in darkness from dusk to dawn using their keen hearing, enhanced low-light vision and sound-muffling structures on their flight feathers. With detailed profiles of and range maps for all 23 species, along with 70 colour photographs illustrating key behavioural characteristics, Owls of North America is a solid reference for bird watchers, naturalists and general readers.

"[...] Owls are fascinating creatures. If you’d like to have a light shone into their nocturnal world and learn more about them and their lives, then this book is for you."
- Grant McCreary (21-03-2009), read the full review at The Birder's Library

"Heavily illustrated with beautiful, clear photographs."


- Owls and Humans
- Who's Who
- Built for the Night Shift
- Feeding Habits
- Communication
- The Mating Game
- Life's Journey
- At Rest and on the Move
- Species Profiles
- Acknowledgments
- Glossary
- Bibliography
- Literary Permissions
- Photo Credits
- Index

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Frances Backhouse has written articles on wildlife and the environment for numerous magazines, among them Audubon and Equinox. Her books include Woodpeckers of North America.

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