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The Birdwatcher's Companion to North American Birdlife

By: Christopher W Leahy

1039 pages, 35 illus

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Oct 2006 | Edition: 2 | #160398 | ISBN: 0691113882
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Hardback | Dec 2004 | Edition: 2 | #144958 | ISBN: 0691092974
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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


List of Illustrations ix Foreword xi Introduction xiii Acknowledgments xv How to Use This Book xvii The Companion 1 Appendix I: Checklist of North American Birds 899 Appendix II: Checklist of Casual and Accidental Species 935 Appendix III: Alternative Phylogeny of North American Bird Families 947 Appendix IV: Classification of Major Categories of Extinct Birds 951 Appendix V: Exotic Species 953 Appendix VI: Birdwatcher's Calendar 955 Bibliography 963

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Christopher W. Leahy holds the Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He is the author of "The Nature of Massachusetts" and "First Guide to Insects". Gordon Morrison has been a nature illustrator for over thirty-five years, and has illustrated more than two dozen books on natural history.

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