Birds (History/Reference)
100 Birds and How They Got Their Names
100 Birds and How They Got Their Names
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 156512281x
Provides a short history and illustrations of one hundred common and exotic birds, including the cardinal, goose, bird of paradise, and the flamingo.

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 anecdotes that have passed into birding mythology, making it much more than a typical bird watching book.* Detailed entries describe that natural history and significance of each bird with useful summary information including size, distribution, habitat, classification, population and conservation status.
Adaptive Strategies and Population Ecology of Northern Grouse
Adaptive Strategies and Population Ecology of Northern Grouse
Paperback      ISBN: 0816614709
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
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
Award-winning author/photographer Stan Tekielaís book demonstrates why hummingbirds are among the most beloved backyard visitors. Page upon page of unique photos and fascinating details blend together to present the hummingbird like never before.
American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America
American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0756665884
Birds of North America is the ultimate family reference on the birds of the United States and Canada, in an accessible format that is perfect for field use. Written by a team of more than 30 birders and ornithologists, each an expert on certain species or family bird groups,Birds of North America brings a whole new level of expertise to the birder's library, all in one category-killing volume. Information on behavior, nesting, and habitat, omitted from many field guides, is included throughout, while books on behavior don't include the wealth of identification information, in as accessible a format, as does this book.
Arctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Arctic Wings
Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Paperback      ISBN: 0898869765
Two hundred color images celebrating the birds that journey to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge each year are accompanied by essays by noted biologists and conservationists.
The Atlas of Bird Migration: Tracing the Great Journeys of the World's Birds
The 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)