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Birds & Birdwatching

  • H is for Hawkby Helen Macdonald

    Random House 2014; US$ 22.14

    'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail.' As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology... more...

  • The Secret Lives of Puffinsby Dominic Couzens; Mark Sisson

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 23.99

    Puffins are among the most instantly recognisable, iconic and well loved of birds. For many they are a highlight of the UK's summer coastline and their colourful appearance, comedy antics and approachability just add to their popularity. Several 'hotspot' are attracting high levels of interest in visits to their colonies. In spite of the high level... more...

  • Bird Ringing Station Manualby Przemyslaw Busse; Wlodzimierz Meissner

    De Gruyter 2014;

    The methods used to track birds' migratory patterns have changed significantly over the last decade. The authors describe in precise detail the standard equipment and routine procedures for the safe handling of two characteristic land birds ? passerines and waders. The methodology presented in the book includes, among others, morphometric measurements,... more...

  • Aloftby Stephen Bodio; Sy Montgomery

    Skyhorse Publishing 2014; US$ 19.95

    The humble pigeon is anything but “common? to those who know the true nature of these birds. This bird is so enamored by some that, for over six thousand years, people have devoted themselves to the art of pigeon flying and pigeon breeding. Across the world, from the cities of America to China, enthusiasts have lovingly nurtured their flocks, creating... more...

  • A Message from Marthaby Mark Avery

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 19.99

    September 1st, 2014 marked the centenary of one of the best-documented extinctions in history ? the demise of the Passenger Pigeon. From being the commonest bird on the planet 50 years earlier, the species became extinct on that fateful day, with the death in Cincinnati Zoo of Martha ? the last of her kind. This book tells the tale of the Passenger... more...

  • Where to Watch Birds in Africaby Nigel Wheatley

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 69.00

    Where to Watch Birds in Africa is a field guide designed to help birders and general wildlife enthusiasts organize the most enriching trips possible throughout this great continent. From Morocco to Madagascar, this book presents over 200 bird-watching sites in detail and describes the species endemic to Africa. The traveler will find practical information... more...

  • Messages from an Owlby Max R. Terman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 39.50

    When zoologist Max Terman came to the rescue of a great horned owlet in a Kansas town park, he embarked on an adventure that would test his scientific ingenuity and lead to unprecedented observations of an owl's hidden life in the wild. In Messages from an Owl , Terman not only relates his experiences nursing the starving owlet, "Stripey," back to... more...

  • Where to Watch Birds in South Americaby Nigel Wheatley

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 68.95

    A unique field guide and reference, Where to Watch Birds in South America is designed to help the avid birder and the general wildlife enthusiast organize eventful journeys throughout the richest continent for birds, where the species number over three thousand. This book covers more than two hundred of the best sites for birdwatching, and includes... more...

  • Nest Building and Bird Behaviorby Nicholas E. Collias; Elsie C. Collias

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 57.50

    This book is a comprehensive study of nest-building behavior in birds. A much-needed synthesis of the previously scattered literature on this central aspect of avian biology, it is organized by behavior problems and focuses on evolution as its unifying theme. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand... more...

  • Polygyny and Sexual Selection in Red-Winged Blackbirdsby William A. Searcy; Ken Yasukawa

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 52.95

    The purpose of this book is to explain why red-winged blackbirds are polygynous and to describe the effects of this mating system on other aspects of the biology of the species. Polygyny is a mating system in which individual males form long-term mating relationships with more than one female at a time. The authors show that females choose to mate... more...