Birds (History/Reference)
100 Birds to See Before You Die: The Ultimate Wish List for Birders Everywhere
100 Birds to See Before You Die
The Ultimate Wish List for Birders Everywhere
Paperback      ISBN: 1592239587

What is the fastest-growing outdoor activity in the U.S.? Snowboarding? Mountain biking? No. It's bird watching There are currently 51.3 million dedicated birders in the U.S. with their binoculars focused on the skies. Sure to appeal to this growing flock, 100 Birds to See Before You Die is the ultimate birdwatcher's book.
- Selected by two world-renowned birding authors, the top 100 birds include avian species that are endangered, exceptional common species, and others that have achieved legendary status.
- You won't need binoculars to spot the huge and powerful, endangered Philippine Eagle or the brightly plumed Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. Each of the 100 featured species is captured in remarkable full-color photographs in their natural habitat.
- This fascinating book combines hard-working detail with more unusual facts and mythological anecdotes, making it much more than a typical bird watching book.
- Detailed entries describe the natural history of each bird, including size, distribution, habitat, classification, population and conservation status.

101 Ways to Help Birds
101 Ways to Help Birds
Paperback      ISBN: 0811733025

Specific, meaningful actions anyone can takePractical advice on feeding and attracting backyard birdsHow to create a bird-friendly household and communityThis engaging book presents 101 things individuals can do to help both individual birds and bird populations as a whole. It also explains exactly how these actions can make a difference--what wrongs they help correct and what improvements they can bring about. Bird-friendly (and environment-friendly) practices are described in detail: things anyone can do around the home and garden, at work, at the store, in their community, in the outdoors, and on the road. Anyone who appreciates wild birds knows that the animals need our help. This timely guide shows bird-lovers what they can do.

Adaptive Strategies and Population Ecology of Northern Grouse: Volume 1. Population Studies
Adaptive Strategies and Population Ecology of Northern Grouse
Volume 1. Population Studies
Paperback      ISBN: 0816614709

Adaptive Strategies and Population Ecology of Northern Grouse was first published in 1988. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

This book is at once a major reference to the species of grouse that inhabit North America and the Holarctic and a synthesis of all the available data on their ecology, sociobiology, population dynamics, and management. The book undertakes to answer two long-standing questions in population ecology: what actually regulates the numbers within a population, and what are the breeding and survival strategies evolved in this northern environment? For Volume I, editors Arthur T. Bergerud and Michael W. Gratson have drawn together their own work and that of colleagues in North America, Iceland, and Norway-in all, eleven research studies, averaging six years' duration, on eight species of grouse. These studies deal with the blue and ruffed grouse of the forest habitat; the sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chicken, and sage grouse of the prairie or steppe; and the white-tailed, rick, and willow ptarmigan found in alpine and arctic tundras. The authors describe the rich repertoire of behavior patterns developed by the hen and the cock to achieve their two primary objectives-first, to stay alive, and then to breed. Volume II, primarily the work of Bergerud, synthesizes the evidence in Volume I and in the grouse research literature from a theoretical perspective. Several potentially controversial sociobiological hypotheses are advanced to account for flocking behavior, migration, dispersal, roosting and feeding behavior, mate choice and mating systems. The demographic analysis provides new insights into cycles of abundance, the limitation of numbers, and the demographic factors that determine densities. The contributors, besides Bergerud and Gratson: R.C. Davies, A. Gardarson, J.E. Hartzler, R.A. Huempfner, D.A. Jenni, D.H. Mossop, S. Myrberget, R.E. Page, R.K. Schmidt, W.D. Svedarsky, and J.R. Tester.

The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots
The Alex Studies
Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0674008065

Can a parrot understand complex concepts and mean what it says? Since the early 1900s, most studies on animal-human communication have focused on great apes and a few cetacean species. Birds were rarely used in similar studies on the grounds that they were merely talented mimics--that they were, after all, "birdbrains." Experiments performed primarily on pigeons in Skinner boxes demonstrated capacities inferior to those of mammals; these results were thought to reflect the capacities of all birds, despite evidence suggesting that species such as jays, crows, and parrots might be capable of more impressive cognitive feats.

Twenty years ago Irene Pepperberg set out to discover whether the results of the pigeon studies necessarily meant that other birds--particularly the large-brained, highly social parrots--were incapable of mastering complex cognitive concepts and the rudiments of referential speech. Her investigation and the bird at its center--a male Grey parrot named Alex--have since become almost as well known as their primate equivalents and no less a subject of fierce debate in the field of animal cognition. This book represents the long-awaited synthesis of the studies constituting one of the landmark experiments in modern comparative psychology.

All about Birds: A Short Illustrated History of Ornithology
All about Birds
A Short Illustrated History of Ornithology
Hardcover      ISBN: 0691145199

Colorful, musical, graceful, easily observed--birds have always fascinated amateur and professional naturalists alike. This richly illustrated book tells the fascinating story of ornithology from ancient times to the present. Filled throughout with paintings, drawings, photographs, and diagrams, many of them in brilliant color, All about Birds is a fast-paced chronological account of the personalities and milestones that have shaped this most popular of sciences--from Aristotle, Audubon, and Darwin to Peterson and Sibley. These key figures and events are also documented in a unique twenty-page illustrated color timeline at the end of the book. Brief individual chapters cover antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the seventeenth through twentieth centuries. With its beautiful design and illustrations, and its concise and informative text, this lively book will delight anyone who loves birds.

  • A clear and concise chronological account, from antiquity to the present
  • Richly illustrated throughout with some 250 images, many of them in color
  • Unique 20-page illustrated color timeline documents key figures and events
-- "Choice"
All Things Reconsidered: My Birding Adventures
All Things Reconsidered
My Birding Adventures
Paperback      ISBN: 0618926151

The personal narratives and essays of the late naturalist record his adventures over the course of a lifetime of birding and his experiences traveling the world to observe and record the natural world, in a collection enhanced by Peterson's own photographs. Reprint.

Amazing Hummingbirds: Unique Images and Characteristics
Amazing Hummingbirds
Unique Images and Characteristics
Paperback      ISBN: 1591932467

Hummingbirds Are Wondrous and Beautiful. Watching Them in Action Is Almost Magical.

Professional naturalist and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela adores them, and this adoration led him to spend more than 10 years traveling across the United States to observe and photograph the various species. Here, he has documented every aspect of their lives, from first flight and feeding to migration and mating. His dazzling photography captures the allure of these beloved backyard visitors, while the book's headings and small blocks of text make for easy yet informative reading. This combination of images and insight results in a one-of-a-kind browsing experience. Your coffee table won't be complete without Amazing Hummingbirds.

Atlas of Bird Migration: Tracing the Great Journeys of the World's Birds
Atlas of Bird Migration
Tracing the Great Journeys of the World's Birds
Paperback      ISBN: 1554079713

"The photos and illustrations in this large volume are so beautiful that one is tempted to skim the text. . . . That, however, would be a mistake: while brief, the text provides all the information readers need to understand the how, why and where of bird migration."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Every year, billions of birds leave their North American breeding grounds for winter quarters thousands of miles south. That so many birds migrate so far through life-threatening conditions and to the same place each year is simply stunning.

This lavishly illustrated book provides comprehensive information on migration and its great mystery: How do the birds know where to go? The latest scientific discoveries are explained, and a comprehensive directory presents accurate profiles and chronicles the migratory routes of more than 500 typical migrant species. Colorful maps, photographs, calendars and fact files feature easy-to-read symbols and abbreviations.

Atlas of Bird Migration includes:

  • North American birds of prey
  • Hummingbirds, grosbeaks and starlings
  • Eurasian shorebirds, storks and cranes
  • Winter visitors from the Far North, such as swans, geese and finches
  • African, South American and Australasian migrants
  • Migratory sea birds, such as penguins, albatrosses and terns.

The use of satellite tracking methods, current environmental threats and conservation initiatives are explained, and a comprehensive catalog of migrating species from all continents closes the book.

The Atlas of Birds: Diversity, Behavior, and Conservation
The Atlas of Birds
Diversity, Behavior, and Conservation
Paperback      ISBN: 0691149496

The Atlas of Birds captures the breathtaking diversity of birds, and illuminates their conservation status around the world. Full-color maps show where birds are found, both by country and terrain, and reveal how an astounding variety of behavioral adaptations--from flight and feeding to nest building and song--have enabled them to thrive in virtually every habitat on Earth. Maps of individual journeys and global flyways chart the amazing phenomenon of bird migration, while bird classification is explained using maps for each order and many key families.

Conservation provides a strong focus throughout, with maps illustrating where and why birds are most under threat, and what is being done to protect them. Separate sections examine key factors influencing their distribution and endangering their survival, from deforestation and climate change to invasive species and the cage-bird trade. Bird groups most affected, such as island endemics, are highlighted, while a fascinating chapter explores the complex historical relationship between birds and humans, with maps and data for everything from poultry farming to birdwatching.

The maps are supported by an authoritative text that uses the very latest data and case studies from BirdLife International. Packed with sumptuous photos, original diagrams, and imaginative graphics that bring the numbers to life, this book is a stunning and timely insight into perhaps the most colorful and intriguing group of organisms on our planet.


  • The premier illustrated atlas of bird diversity, behavior, and conservation

  • Features full-color maps, photos, and diagrams

  • Covers bird evolution, classification, and behavior

  • Describes the complex relationship between birds and their habitats

  • Explores the impact of human activities on species survival

  • Illustrates where and why birds are most under threat--and how to protect them

-- "Library Journal"
Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer & Build
Avian Architecture
How Birds Design, Engineer & Build
Hardcover      ISBN: 069114849x

Birds are the most consistently inventive builders, and their nests set the bar for functional design in nature. Avian Architecture describes how birds design, engineer, and build their nests, deconstructing all types of nests found around the world using architectural blueprints and detailed descriptions of the construction processes and engineering techniques birds use. This spectacularly illustrated book features 300 full-color images and more than 35 case studies that profile key species worldwide. Each chapter covers a different type of nest, from tunnel nests and mound nests to floating nests, hanging nests, woven nests, and even multiple-nest avian cities. Other kinds of avian construction--such as bowers and harvest wells--are also featured.


Avian Architecture includes intricate step-by-step sequences, visual spreads on nest-building materials and methods, and insightful commentary by a leading expert.


  • Illustrates how birds around the world design, engineer, and build their nests

  • Features architectural blueprints, step-by-step sequences, visual spreads on nest-building materials and methods, and expert commentary

  • Includes 300 full-color images

  • Covers more than 100 bird species worldwide

-- "Library Journal"