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Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America

Field / Identification Guide New
By: Rick Wright(Author)
434 pages, colour photos
Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America
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  • Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America ISBN: 9780547973166 Hardback Mar 2019 In stock
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Sparrows are as complicated as they are common. This is an essential guide to identifying 76 kinds, along with a fascinating history of human interactions with them.

What, exactly, is a sparrow? All birders (and many non-birders) have essentially the same mental image of a pelican, a duck, or a flamingo, and a guide dedicated to waxwings or kingfishers would need nothing more than a sketch and a single sentence to satisfactorily identify its subject. Sparrows are harder to pin down. Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America covers one family (Passerellidae), which includes towhees and juncos, and 76 members of the sparrow clan.

Birds have a human history, too, beginning with their significance to native cultures and continuing through their discovery by science, their taxonomic fortunes and misfortunes, and their prospects for survival in a world with ever less space for wild creatures. Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America includes not just facts and measurements, but stories – of how birds got their names and how they were discovered – of their entanglement with human history.

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Rick Wright leads "Birds and Art" tours in Europe and the Americas for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. A native of southeast Nebraska, he studied French, German, philosophy, and life sciences at the University of Nebraska. After a detour to Harvard Law School, Rick took the M.A. and Ph.D. in German at Princeton University. His years as an academic included appointments as assistant professor of German at the University of Illinois, reader/scholar at Princeton University's Index of Christian Art, and associate professor of medieval studies at Fordham University. Rick lives with his wife, Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab, Gellert, in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

Field / Identification Guide New
By: Rick Wright(Author)
434 pages, colour photos
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