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The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds Paperback – April 1, 1995

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"Even a professional ornithologist would enjoy this booklet. A surprisingly large range of topics are covered in the book, including (to list but a few) anatomy, breeding, coevolution of hummingbirds and flowers, migrathion, and how to attract the birds." --South Dakota Bird Notes (South Dakota Ornithologist's Union)

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The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was uniquely qualified to produce a book on this topic as we operate a world-renowned hummingbird aviary. Many previously unobserved hummingbird behaviors were first noted by staff, scientists and amateur ornithologists spending time in our aviary. This information, plus many other fascinating details about these exquisite little animals, are included in this fun-to-read booklet.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886679002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886679009
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on November 2, 2003
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I bought this book for my dad who lives in Tuscon AZ because of all the different species he has there (here in VA we're blessed with the Ruby-throated little sprites but no others). The pictures in this book are worth it alone. They're close-up and amazing! It really does give you a good peek into the lives of hummers. Highly recommend especially as a gift book for an overview of hummers (other books give more in-depth details of their real lives, miration but this gives a great overview)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tahir J. Naim on July 9, 2006
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The book is very readable and has lots of interesting information about hummingbirds. Makes me want to visit the museum now for a photo tour. The book is only 22 pages long, however, so be aware of that in ordering.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 8, 2007
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You really cannot go wrong with this one if you have any interest in these wonderful little creatures what-so-ever. I have been watching, photographing, feeding and studying these little birds for years now. It is rather amazing that the author could pack so much information into one small volume and give us some wonderful photographs to boot. We here in Missouri have only the Ruby Throated, but, and I am lucky, I know, we are able to travel to other parts of the country and view other species. No matter how much you know of these birds, you are sure to pick up some new information in this work. As another reviewer pointed out, the photographs are well worth the price of the book. Recommend this one highly.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Campbell on November 14, 2006
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I thought I knew a little about hummingbirds, but I found there was a lot I didn't know. This book is full of information on hummingbirds, their traits, their travel and when they sleep, the size of the eggs they lay, etc. A perfect book for anyone who is mesmerized by these beautiful little creatures.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rasmussen on June 11, 2000
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I bought this book when I visited the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. It was nice and short to read, with a variety of topics covered. I really enjoyed it, and the pictures were great too.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2004
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A fantastic insight into the amazing world of the Hummer! As a Southern California native, we have many species of Hummingbirds and this book gives a great basic overview of the little jewel's of the air!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Psychic One on October 15, 2007
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This is a wonderful Book!! The pictures are fantastic!! Makes a great table book but unlike most table books it's full of everything you need or want to know not just pretty pictures. I "Raise" Hummers in the wild and it has provided me with a wealth of information regarding these truly magnificent creatures. I'm constantly referring to it! I wish it wasn't such a beautiful book! That way I wouldn't worry so much about dog earing it up!!hehe!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Jones on February 5, 2013
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gorgeous pictures, excellent and accurate info on the birds. I recommend this to anyone who loves hummingbirds! very informative book!
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