- Hardcover: 213 pages
- Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826313981
- ISBN-13: 978-0826313980
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,116,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hummingbirds of North America: Attracting, Feeding, and Photographing Hardcover – April 1, 1993
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From Library Journal
Hummingbirds are perennially popular, and True, a pilot, amateur naturalist, and retired meteorologist, offers a good addition to this genre of bird book. He devotes almost half his work to discussing hummingbirds' habits, biology, migration, colors (including their remarkable iridescence), and photographing them, and he includes a lengthy chapter on how to feed these jewels of the bird world. The rest of the book has accounts of the 16 regularly occurring species with measurements, photos of both sexes, range, habits, habitat, and other life history details. True's text is full of anecdotes as well as references to the scientific literature. His terminology is unorthodox ("habitation" vs. breeding range; "specifications" versus measurements). Appended are state/provincial lists of expected species plus rarer ones, their periods of occurrence, and lengthy lists of favored flowers. Recommended for larger natural history collections.
- Henry T. Armistead, Thomas Jefferson Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
How can you tell when a Rufous or a Ruby-throated hummingbird will be in your neighborhood? What is the correct sugar-to-water ratio for your visiting hummingbirds? Should you put red dye #2 in the mixture? How do you keep that feisty Rufous from scaring other hummers away? Hummingbird enthusiast Dan True answers these questions and many more in this beautifully illustrated, informative guide to the sixteen species of hummingbirds that breed in the United States and Canada. Available in this handy guide are life-size photos of the male and female of each of the sixteen species, detailed information on each species, maps showing where the species can be spotted, how hummers mate, when and where they migrate to and from, and new banding information. There is also easy-to-follow, step-by-step information on how to photograph hummingbirds in flight. True has spent years talking to other hummer experts and enthusiasts and includes here anecdotes from all over the country that help readers understand why hummingbirds do what they do. An indispensable book for any one with a hummingbird feeder.
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Yes, we sit on the porch and sometimes get "hummmmed" very up close and personal, but now we do it with knowledge!