The Bird Almanac: A Guide to Essential Facts and Figures of the World's Birds

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Firefly Books, 2004 - 460 páginas
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Observing birds often raises many intriguing questions. Such as what is the incubation time for those robin eggs sitting in the nest above the porch light? What kinds of flowers attract humming birds? What are the migratory distances of various species? What are the major causes of bird deaths?

The Bird Almanac is an invaluable resource, impressive in scope and depth and complemented with tables and illustrations. This Second Edition has been reformatted for easier use and now features quick-find tabs and an index.

The first section of the book comprehensively covers the history, biology and behavior of birds. Bird physiology, biological systems and anatomy are explained in easy-to-understand terms and annotated illustrations.

Other topics include:

  • Fossil history of birds
  • Reproduction and mortality
  • Threatened and endangered species
  • Major birding festivals and competitions
  • How to attract specific species to the backyard
  • Extensive resources for bird-lovers including the top birding locations in America
  • Birding code of ethics

The second section consists of an authoritative world checklist of bird species. The birds are organized by taxonomic order and listed by common and Latin name.

The valuable information in The Bird Almanac fills in the gaps in knowledge of even the most seasoned birder.

 

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Índice

Fossil History of Birds
1
Physiology
10
Major Air Sacs FIGURE
16
Relative to Body Weight
19
Flight
25
Flight Speeds for Selected Birds Relative to Mass Aspect Ratio
34
Reproduction
38
Selected Groups of Birds
46
BirdWatching
123
Attracting Birds to the Backyard
129
Woodpeckers
138
Resources for BirdLovers
147
United Kingdom
179
OnLine Magazines
193
Selected Video Recordings for Finding
200
Selected Birding Software and CDROMS
208

Threatened and Endangered Bird Species
56
Mascot Birds
63
Records in the Bird World
70
Presidents of Major Ornithological Societies
102
Presidents of Major BirdWatching Societies
106
BirdWatching Record Holders
112
United States Federal Duck Stamp Artists
120
Tour Operators Specializing in Bird Tours
221
Places to Go Birding
233
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
242
E Glossary
263
El Taxonomy
288
Index of Common Names for the World Bird List
437
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David M. Bird, PhD, is a well-known ornithologist who teaches at McGill University and is the Director of the Avian Science and Conservation Center. He is a columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest and is the author and editor of many books on wildlife.

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