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Stokes Guide to Bird Behavior, Volume 3 Paperback – March 22, 1989


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Product Details

  • Series: Guide to Bird Behavior (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (March 22, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316817171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316817172
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 4.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don and Lillian Stokes are widely recognized as America's foremost authorities on birds and nature. Their books include the bestselling Stokes Field Guide to Birds, the Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds, the Stokes Nature Guides, and the Stokes Backyard Nature Books. They live in New Hampshire and Georgia.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Stokes Guides to Bird Behavior are great little references for backyard bird-watching. You may have to wander a little further than your backyard to observe some of these species, but the birds in your neighborhood are probably in one of the three Stokes volumes. Each Stokes Guide to Bird Behavior features 25 common North American bird species. For each species, the authors explain visual displays, auditory displays, territory courtship, nest-building, breeding, plumage and seasonal movement, and provide a calendar so that you can clearly see when these behaviors occur. I wouldn't take any generalizations about bird behavior too seriously because many birds are very individual, and their behaviors and social customs vary accordingly. But these books will give you a good basis for understanding and predicting the behavior of your avian neighbors. You'll enjoy watching your little feathered friends all the more with the added understanding the Stokes Guides provide.

My one complaint about these books is that the bird species are not in any particular order, and neither are they indexed. If you look at the table of contents you will see that the species are not in alphabetical or any other order, and there is no sense to which birds are in which volume or where they are placed in the book. In other words, you have to read through the entire list of 25 species in the table of contents, in each book, to locate the species you want. I have no explanation for this, and I made an index for the books myself to save me from the frustration involved every time I want to look up a species. That is the reason I gave the book(s) 4 stars instead of 5.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carpalis on April 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Most books about birds present the species in 'phylogenetic' order, a conventional sequence intended to show the apparent relationships between species. This book, for example, begins with a loon (long considered the most primitive of extant North American species, though recently replaced by the waterfowl) and ends with a hummingbird (a relatively advanced family of 'pre-passerines'); the owls, for example, are kept together to show their relatively close evolutionary ties. Ordering the birds alphabetically, by color, or in any other of the artificial schemes one occasionally encounters, results in scattering closely related species throughout the book, and in the case of alphabetical order, requires revision with every nomenclatural change (does that funny-looking red-billed rallid go under 'm' for 'moorhen' or 'g' for 'gallinule'?).
It's great that the reviewer prepared an alphabetical index, but all birders eventually grow accustomed to phylogenetic order and use it without thinking about it at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 5/0 on February 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Stokes' Guide to Bird Behavior" by Donald Stokes (a three volume set). Stokes came up with a format for the species account that does actually simplify the learning of the species' major behaviors. He also adds good suggestions about observation methods and many interesting, "handy-to-know" tidbits about many of the species.
These compact guides, though about thirty years old, are an excellent reference set for birders who would enjoy knowing more than simply the names of the birds common to their area. Stokes' writing is very reader-friendly and he has done a good job of including what's actually important and truly helpful while leaving out the hair-splitting. The most important birders in the world are the "backyard" birders and they are exactly the group who will find the books of this guide set most useful, interesting and entertaining.
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By Bluefox on October 3, 2013
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I picked up the first two volumes several years ago at a garage sale. I enjoyed the contents and the facts about bird behavior so well that I knew I needed to get volume three. The box was in excellent condition and was sent in a timely manner.
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By JMW on March 6, 2013
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Good, in-depth description of bird behavior. There are three volumes. Written for any level of bird watcher to understand. I highly recommend this series.
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