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on August 24, 2006
Although it might seem dated, the information in this book is extraordinarily complete, with detailed descriptions of anatomy, behavior, and chapters devoted to specific species. You might consider a book like "Owls: The Silent Fliers" just for it's excellent photographs, but if you want detailed information, P. Johnsgard's book is unmatched. Note also, although it's fine photographs may be moderate in number, the technical illustrations far exceed all other books I've seen on owls.
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on February 18, 2015
It's a bit "drier" than I expected. Very "ornithological". A good reference. I was looking more for natural history. It is obviously a classic. And I may grow into it.
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on January 6, 2013
The Louis Agassiz Fuertes illustrations are worth the price alone, A book to treasure if you love owls or wildlife illustration.
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on October 25, 2011
Seems a little on the intellectual, doctorate side of the equation, but if you can get around that it is certainly good reading. This book is not for the "pleasure" reader, it is for in depth knowledge of owls!
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on January 16, 2013
"North American Owls" (2nd edition) by Paul A. Johnsgard
(Smithsonian Institute Press 2002)

This excellent and very thorough book is likely to appeal most to people seeking a science-oriented presentation. It is certainly useful for "non-scientific" folks like myself but, for me at least, reading it is somewhat akin to walking barefoot in deep, loose sand. Part of the smoke coming from my brakes is attributable to the fact that the author speaks in centimeters, grams, liters, square kilometers and hectares but my mental search engine is calibrated in inches, ounces, feet, acres and square miles. However...
The extra effort was rewarded with quite a bit of new (to me) information and the answers to several questions I've pondered over for more than a little while. Johnsgard's writing style - though clearly science-tempered, is also quite congenial and that does help get through some of the more mundane parts.
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