A Guide to the Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of North American Birds

A Guide to the Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of North American Birds

4.11 (36 ratings by Goodreads)
  • Paperback
By (author)  , By (author) 

List price: US$29.95

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

A Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds provides a thorough, species by species, guide to the breeding biology of the birds of North America. Some 669 breeding species are described in full, covering the birds from the Arctic to the southern boundary of the continental United States. The book presents complete basic information on the breeding cycle of each species, covering their nest habitat, nest site, nest construction, breeding season, eggs, incubation, and nesting and nestling period. More than 100 black and white drawings of nests and nestlings provide valuable information on the identification of the nests, eggs, and nestlings of the species, 16 colour plates show a wide range of typical young, and 48 colour plates show the eggs of 597 species. A Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds covers the most fascinating aspects of North American birdlife--their reproduction and the care of their young. Some 669 breeding species are described in full, covering the birds of the Arctic to the birds of the southern boundary of the continental United States.
More than 100 black and white drawings of nests and nestlings and identification keys provide valuable information on the identification of the nests, eggs, and nestlings of the species. 16 colour plates show a wide range of typical young, mostly of species with precocial, or downy nestlings. A further 48 colour plates show the eggs of 597 species. This fully up-to-date book summarizes all that is known about this crucial part of the birds life cycle and points to what is yet unknown and to things that may yet be discovered by the scientific ornithologist and birder alike. Features: * Describes nests, eggs, and nestlings and gives basic biological info on nesting and breeding biology * Includes up-to-date coverage of all North American breeding species, including Alaska and Canada in one comprehensive volume
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 152.9 x 229.6 x 25.7mm | 975.38g
  • Poyser
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 840ill.(some col.).
  • 0120728311
  • 9780120728312

Table of contents

Introduction. Species By Family: Loons: Gaviidae. Grebes: Podicipedidae. Shearwaters: Procellariidae. Storm-Petrels: Hydrobatidae. Boobies and Gannets: Sulidae. Pelicans: Pelecanidae. Cormorants: Phalacrocoracidae. Darters: Anhingidae. Frigatebirds: Fregatidae. Bitterns and Herons: Ardeidae. Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiomithidae. Storks: Ciconiidae. Swans, Geese, And Ducks: Anatidae. American Vultures: Catharidae. Kites, Hawks, Eagles and Allies: Accipitridae. Caracaras and Falcons: Falconidae. Guans: Cracidae. Partridges, Grouse, Turkey, And Quail: Phasianidae. Rails, Gallinules, And Coots: Rallidae. Limpkins: Aramidae. Cranes: Gruidae. Plovers: Charadriidae. Oystercatchers: Haematopodidae. Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae. Jacanas: Jacanidae. Sandpipers, Phalaropes, And Allies: Scolopacidae. Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, And Skimmers: Laridae. Auks, Murres, And Puffins: Alcidae. Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae. Parakeets and Parrots: Psittacidae. Cuckoos, Roadrunner, And Anis: Cuculidae. Barn Owls: Tytonidae. Typical Owls: Strigidae. Goatsuckers: Caprimulgidae. Swifts: Apodidae. Hummingbirds: Trochilidae. Trogons: Trogonidae. Kingfishers: Alcedinidae. Woodpeckers: Picidae. Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidae. Larks: Alaudidae. Swallows: Hirundinidae. Jays, Magpies, And Crows: Corvidae. Titmica: Paridae. Verdin: Remizidae. Bushtits: Aegithalidae. Nutcatchers: Sittidae. Creepers: Certhiidae. Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae. Wrens: Troglodytidae. Dippers: Cinclidae. Old World Warblers, Gnatcatchers, Old World Flycatchers, Thrushes and Wrentic: Muscicapidae. Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Mimidae. Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae. Waxwings: Bombycillidae. Silky-Flycatchers: Ptilogonatidae. Shrikes: Laniidae. Starlings: Stumidae. Vireos: Vireonidae. Wood-Warblers, Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Sparrows, Buntins, Blackbirds, And Allies: Emberizidae. Fringinlline and Carueline Finches and Allies: Fringillidae. Old World Sparrows: Passeridae. Nestling Plates. Egg Plates. Bibliography. Index of Common and Scientific Names.
show more

Review quote

This is a fine guide and I certainly would not be without it if I lived in North America. "This is a fine guide and I certainly would not be without it if I lived in North America."--Humphrey Q. P. Crick, "British Birds" "I was happy to see the best source on the subject reissued. . . . [It] gives you non-intrusive entry into the breeding world of birds, a most interesting place."--Jim Williams, "Star Tribune" "An essential companion to students of breeding biology is "Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds," by Paul J. Baicich and Colin J.O. Harrison. The book covers 670 species that breed from the Arctic to the Mexico border."--"Birder's World" "If you are into studying or searching for bird nests and identifying the occupants, this guide provides a wealth of details. . . .This is a great reference text."--Robert E. Hoopes, "Wildlife Activist" "This work is the current authority on identifying basic bird nidification, as nest making is termed."--"Library Journal" "If you've ever had a question about the type of nest built by a certain species, the number of eggs laid or how long the babies will remain in the nest, this book will give you the answer. Even casual birders may find this book handy."--Jennifer J. Meyer, "Orange County Register"
show more

Rating details

36 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 36% (13)
4 42% (15)
3 19% (7)
2 3% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X