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Bird-watchers have relied on the Peterson Guides over the years to identify birds, giving names, habitat, descriptions, and distribution information. However, no guide has gone that additional step to describe what the bird is doing at the time it is being observed. Many scientific articles about birds do describe "what they are doing" in technical terms. Kaufman has translated all this information into layperson's language.
The book is organized so that when a particular page is consulted, it is easy to understand without referrring to other parts of the book. Each family has a brief overview that describes the bird and its feeding, nesting, and displaying characteristics. Additional information is given for the genus, followed by detailed facts about each species. This information includes a full-color photograph; a distribution map; habitat, feeding, nesting, and migration data; and conservation status, all in a concise, easy-to-read text. Illustrations, which were taken from the CD-ROM, are clear but small, with only one per species. Of particular interest is information on certain behavior and movement characteristics, which includes how food is acquired, how young are fed, mating rituals, what the young look like and how soon they leave the nest, and how they interact with other species in the competition for food and nesting sites. Additionally, there may be information on specific species about territory claiming, social aspects, songs and calls, pairing, courtship, eggs, clutch size, incubation, number of broods per year, what they eat, how they find food, molting, roosting, and life span.
Part of the Peterson Natural History Companion series, this is a must-have book to supplement any field guide. It could be used as a general field guide, although it is too big to fit into a coat pocket. It is a good alternative to field guides in a reference collection because it provides expanded information in a convenient, attractive format. Recommended for all bird-watchers and all libraries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The only competition to this is the Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior book. The Sibley has more on the anatomy and some behavior of various families. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tero
We call this book "The Secret Lives of North American Birds" (use a nice dramatic voice to say that). Looking up even familiar birds is interesting.Published 4 months ago by leaf
Great way to get beyond appearance, and add some story re personality, migration, habitsPublished 14 months ago by Chris Beck
this was one of my favorite birding books to thumb through on occasion. someone else must have liked it so much that they also forgot to return it to me... buying it againPublished 19 months ago by RKaid
So nice to finally find a book that tells what birds actually do rather than just describing what they look like. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Shirley Jones
Excellent book! Highly recommend it for all wildlife photographers. Lots of good information in the book. Will definitely be keeping it inside my truck for quick access.Published on October 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I was expecting this to be a really nice book of John Audubon's bird prints, but it vastly exceeded my expectations. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Philip Klingelhofer