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Owls of the World: Their Lives, Behavior and Survival Hardcover – September 6, 2003

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Owls are among the most popular birds in the world, yet what do we really know about these nocturnal predators? Owl expert Duncan and numerous contributors marshal what has been learned about owls in an extremely accessible yet scientific work. General biology, including anatomy, behavior, nesting, and hunting, is well covered in an introductory chapter. Owls are popular figures in the mythologies of many cultures, examined in a chapter that ranges from Shakespeare through Hindu goddesses to the Owl Nebula. Another chapter is full of interesting anecdotes from the research. Sections on global threats to owl populations and their conservation lead to the final long chapter, a summary of the 205 owl species of the world. Each species is described and illustrated with a color photo, with its range indicated on a map, and a compendium of its natural history and conservation status. Many of the numerous color photographs are breathtakingly beautiful, and the extensive bibliography will lead to further research. This introduction to owl biology will be a welcome addition for all libraries. Nancy Bent
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Owls of the World is encyclopedic and a thorough, lively from-the-field reference. (BirdTimes 2004-06-00)

Lavishly illustrated survey will be an eyeopener. (Globe and Mail 2003-11-22)

The beautiful and well-written book contains a great deal of meticulously research information about owls... a pleasure to read. (Robert Warnock Blue Jay 2003-12-00)

The author of this richly illustrated book pays particular attention to the way different cultures perceive the owl. (Princeton Times of Trenton 2003-12-07)

A fresh, informative approach that powerfully communicates the magic of birds that are so poorly known that new species surface regularly. (David Lukas Los Angeles Times 2004-01-06)

A fascinating portrait of 205 species of owl... explores myth and legends... intriguing facts are brought to light. (Suzanne Hively Cleveland Plain Dealer 2003-11-26)

I highly recommend Owls of the World to anyone from beginning birders to professional ornithologists. I wish it had been available when I began my adventures in ornithology almost 40 years ago. (James W. Kessler Science Books and Films 2004-06-00)

[Duncan's] knowledge of and concern for these birds are evident in his book... his text is sparse and accessible, and he often uses anecdotes to deliver information. (Jim Williams Minneapolis Star Tribune 2004-12-22)

Excellent color photographs... an informative book suitable for owl enthusiasts, birders, naturalists and public and academic libraries. (International Hawkwatcher 2004-01-00)

Marshal[s] what has been learned about owls in an extremely accessible yet scientific work... Many of the numerous color photographs are breathtakingly beautiful and the extensive bibliography will lead to further research. (Nancy Bent Booklist / RBB 2003-12-15)

A photographic masterpiece... the photography is captivating in the extreme... affordable, immensely readable and highly recommended. (Lynn Westney E-Streams 2004-04-00)

Owls are one of the most under-studied creatures; this title goes a long way towards compensating for that dearth of information. Plus the birds are surprisingly beautiful. (Publishers Weekly 2003-12-15)

Scientific principles are conveyed in a clear and engaging manner, and copious color photographs effectively illustrate concepts and enhance the book's visual appeal... a valuable addition to any natural history collection. (Catherine Jeanjean Library Journal 2003-12-01)

Filled with spectacular photographs... extensive information on behavior and ecology. (T.C. WIlliams Choice 2004-04-00)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (September 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552978451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552978450
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 9, 2004
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Dr. James Duncan's Owls Of The World provides a comprehensive species-by-species portrait of some 200 owl species around the world. The inclusion of many lesser-known species located in smaller, more specific geographic locations contrasts nicely with feature of the more popular species, making for a well-rounded natural history of the evolution of owls throughout the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Barnard on April 29, 2008
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I really like this book: It's easy to read and understand, has great photos, and a very large and detailed list of owls, including many of the more rare and lesser known species. Additionally, I found the section on the mythology of owls to be qutie interesting. As far as owl books go, I think Claus Konig's "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World" is pretty much the "bible" but this is definitely a good book for any owl lover.
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Dr. James R. Duncan is a great ornithologist who's books are a must read. This book helped me greatly as far as learning about owls. It is a must-read.
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