- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; 2 edition (February 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300142277
- ISBN-13: 978-0300142273
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A classic work...immerse yourself in its pages ' BBC Wildlife (March 2009) 'You will find this an excellent reference book, the most comprehensive on owls available.' British Birds (May 2009) 'Immerse yourself in its pages on a March evening, when spring is beckoning and local owls are starting to hoot temptingly outside the window.' BBC Wildlife (March 2009) 'This is, at this moment, the world's largest book of owls of the world.' Kaulbrief (September 2009) 'This is exactly what we have come to expect in a Helm Identification Guide: a book that is great for beginners, like me, and experts.' Peregrine (Spring 2009) 'the most comprehensive examination of owl taxa ever conducted. We thank the authors of Owls of the World for their truly significant contribution to the science and conservation of these spectacular birds.' Bulletin of the British Ornothologists Club (2010) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Claus König is a world authority on owls and has been involved in owl research in Europe, Africa, and South America for forty-five years. He is emeritus professor of zoology at Stuttgart University and was director of Stuttgart’s Museum of Natural History. Friedhelm Weick is a professional bird artist specializing in owls and other birds of prey. He has illustrated more than 100 books.
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We have a lot of folklore's in our country about Owls. I think in every country they have some sort of mystical thing with them. Some say they are wise old birds.
I remember when I was a kid and that was in the early '70s they introduced Sesame Street and shortly thereafter they introduced the Owl as a wise bird and ever so often someone will go over to him and ask a question...Oh boy those were the good old days.
I read in another book called "Prayer on Top of the Earth: The Spiritual Universe of the Plains Apaches" an excerpt on page 74 Owls; [Quote] Yet among the anomalous birds and animals, some were viewed ambiguously because of unique positive characteristics, such as owls, which were considered a source of wisdom or instruction. The owl, called ìsí·cì, an Apache word meaning “skull,” was, according to Rose Chaletsin, one of the most feared of all animals and birds. It had a large flattened face, large eyes that were open at night, enormous external ear openings, and “horns” (ear tufts common to some species of owls), which have engendered the names “devil” and “devil’s bird.” Possessing acute and discriminating hearing, the owl was adept at locating prey at night and could dart from concealment to swiftly render victims helpless. The fact that, unlike other birds, the owl was nocturnal was considered anomalous. This characteristic, added to its overall scary appearance, formed the basis for many owl taboos. [End quote]
For Owl lovers this is a very good book to own. You learn a lot from the author's description and details of the different species all over the world.