9780679451228

The Sibley Guide to Birds

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    9780679451228

  • ISBN10:

    0679451226

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-10-01
  • Publisher: Knopf
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Summary

David Allen Sibley, America's most gifted contemporary painter of birds, is the author and illustrator of this comprehensive guide. His beautifully detailed illustrationsmore than 6,600 in alland descriptions of 810 species and 350 regional populations will enrich every birder's experience. The Sibley Guide's innovative design makes it entirely user friendly. The illustrations are arranged to facilitate comparison, yet still capture the unique character of each species. The Sibley Guide to Birdsprovides a wealth of new information: Captioned illustrations show many previously unpublished field marks and revisions of known marks Nearly every species is shown in flight Measurements include length, wingspan, and weight for every species Subspecies and geographic varients are covered thoroughly Complete voice descriptions are included for every species Maps show the complete distribution of every species: summer and winter ranges, migration routes, and rare occurrences Both novice and experienced birders will appreciate these and other innovative features: An introductory page for each family or group of related families makes comparisons simple Clear and concise labels with pointers identify field marks directly Birds are illustrated in similar poses to make comparisons between species quick and easy Illustrations emphasize the way birds look in the field WithThe Sibley Guide to Birds, the National Audubon Society makes the art and expertise of David Sibley available to the world in a comprehensive, handsome, easy-to-use volume that will be the indispensable identification guide every birder must own.

Author Biography

David Allen Sibley, son of the well-known ornithologist Fred Sibley, began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. He has written and illustrated articles on bird identification for <i>Birding</i> and <i>American Birds</i> (now <i>Field Notes</i>) as well as regional publications and books. Since 1980 David has traveled the continent watching birds on his own and as a tour leader for WINGS, Inc. He has lived in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. He now lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface 7(1)
Acknowledgments 8(1)
Introduction
9(6)
Classification of Birds
9(1)
Learning to Identify Birds
9(2)
Variation in Appearance
11(2)
Learning Songs and Calls
13(1)
Finding Rare Birds
14(1)
Ethics
14(1)
Extinct Species
14(1)
Bird Topography
15(8)
Parts of a Passerine
15(1)
Head Feathers
16(1)
Body Feathers
17(1)
Wing Feathers
18(1)
Parts of a Shorebird
19(1)
Parts of a Duck
20(1)
Parts of a Gull
20(2)
Molt and Plumage
22(1)
North American Birds Species Accounts
Loons
23(3)
Grebes
26(4)
Albatrosses, Petrels, and Shearwaters
30(11)
Storm-Petrels
41(5)
Pelecaniformes
46(11)
Anhinga, Boobies, Cormorants, Frigatebirds, Gannets, Pelicans, Tropicbirds
Cormorants and Anthinga
50(4)
Identification of Sulids
54(3)
Wading Birds
57(13)
Bitterns, Egrets, Flamingos, Herons, Ibises, Spoonbills, Storks
Identification of White Herons
59(7)
Identification of Dark Ibises
66(4)
Swans, Geese, and Ducks
70(34)
Identification of Swans
73(6)
Geese Head and Bill Shapes
79(10)
Domestic Waterfowl
89(1)
Exotic Waterfowl
89(4)
Identification of Scaup
93(1)
Identification of Eiders
93(4)
Diving Motions
97(2)
Identification of Scoters
99(1)
Identification of Goldeneyes
99(5)
Diurnal Raptors
104(30)
Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Vultures
Harrier Flight Shapes
108(1)
Raptor Hunting Techniques
109(4)
Identification of Accipiters
113(1)
Identification of Buteos
114(14)
Identification of Falcons
128(6)
Upland Game Birds
134(16)
Chachalacas, Grouse, Partridges, Pheasants, Prairie-Chickens, Ptarmigan, Quail, Turkeys
Exotic Game Birds
135(15)
Gruiformes
150(8)
Coots, Cranes, Limpkin, Moorhens, Rails
Habits of Rails
153(5)
Shorebirds
158(38)
Avocets, Curlews, Dowitchers, Godwits, Jacanas, Lapwings, Oystercatchers, Phalaropes, Plovers, Ruff, Sandpipers, Snipe, Stilts, Turnstones, Willet, Woodcocks, Yellowlegs
Rare Shorebirds
161(20)
Aging and Identification of Shorebirds
181(6)
Identification of Peeps
187(6)
Aerial Displays of Snipe and Woodcock
193(1)
Identification of Phalaropes
194(2)
Jaegers and Skuas
196(6)
Jaeger Bill Shapes
196(6)
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
202(52)
Hybrid Gulls
204(4)
Identification of Gulls
208(33)
Alcids
Auklets, Dovekie, Guillemots, Murrelets, Murres, Puffins
241(13)
Identification of Murres
243(11)
Pigeons and Doves
254(8)
Parrots and Their Allies
262(5)
Cuckoos and Their Allies
267(4)
Anis, Cuckoos, Roadrunners
Owls
271(13)
Goatsuckers and Swifts
284(8)
Hummingbirds
292(11)
Identification of Hummingbirds
302(1)
Trogons
303(1)
Kingfishers
304(2)
Woodpeckers
306(14)
Drumming Sounds
306(14)
Tyrant Flycatchers
320(20)
Flycatchers, Kingbirds, Pewees, Phoebes, Wood-Pewees
Shrikes and Vireos
340(10)
Jays, Crows, and Their Allies
350(12)
Crows, Jays, Magpies, Ravens, Scrub-Jays
Larks
362(2)
Open-Ground Birds
362(2)
Swallows
364(7)
Molt in Swallows
364(7)
Chickadees and Their Allies
371(9)
Bushtit, Chickadees, Titmice, Verdin
Drab Gray Birds of the Arid Southwest
378(2)
Nuthatches and Creepers
380(4)
Wrens
384(8)
Scold Notes
384(4)
Sedge Wren and Grass Sparrows
388(4)
Old World Warblers, Thrushes, and Their Allies
392(18)
Bluebirds, Dippers, Gnatcatchers, Kinglets, Robins, Thrushes, Warblers, Wrentit
Identification of Gnatcatchers
398(4)
Typical Thrushes
402(1)
Robinlike Songs
403(7)
Mimids
410(6)
Catbirds, Mockingbirds, Thrashers
Starlings and Mynas
416(2)
Wagtails and Pipits
418(4)
Silky-Flycatchers and Bulbuls
422(1)
Waxwings
423(1)
Wood-Warblers
424(35)
Parulas, Redstarts, Warblers, Waterthrushes
Blue-winged x Golden-winged Hybrids
428(9)
Warbler Plumages
437(5)
Identification of Fall Warblers
442(5)
Identifying Songs
447(11)
Aberrant Passerines
458(1)
Tanagers, Cardinals, and Their Allies
459(13)
Bananaquit, Cardinaline Buntings, Cardinals, Dickcissel, Grosbpeaks, Tanagers
Identification of Tanagers
461(6)
Identification of Grosbeaks
467(3)
Identification of Cardinaline Buntings
470(2)
Emberizine Sparrows and Their Allies
472(35)
Emberizine Buntings, Juncos, Longspurs, Sparrows, Towhees
Identification of Spizella Sparrows
484(8)
Sparrowlike Birds
492(11)
Identification of Emberizine Buntings
503(4)
Icterids
507(16)
Blackbirds, Bobolink, Cowbirds, Grackles, Meadowlarks, Orioles
Identification of Meadowlarks
509(9)
Identification of Orioles
518(5)
Finches and Old World Sparrows
523(15)
Crossbills, Finches, Goldfinches, Grosbeaks, Old World Sparrows, Redpolls, Siskins
Red Crossbill Types
530(1)
Identification of Red Crossbills
531(6)
Exotic Finches
537(1)
Species Index 538

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