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Owls of the World: Their Lives, Behavior and Survival Hardcover – September 6, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

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Owls are among the most popular birds in the world, yet what do we really know about these nocturnal predators? Owl expert Duncan and numerous contributors marshal what has been learned about owls in an extremely accessible yet scientific work. General biology, including anatomy, behavior, nesting, and hunting, is well covered in an introductory chapter. Owls are popular figures in the mythologies of many cultures, examined in a chapter that ranges from Shakespeare through Hindu goddesses to the Owl Nebula. Another chapter is full of interesting anecdotes from the research. Sections on global threats to owl populations and their conservation lead to the final long chapter, a summary of the 205 owl species of the world. Each species is described and illustrated with a color photo, with its range indicated on a map, and a compendium of its natural history and conservation status. Many of the numerous color photographs are breathtakingly beautiful, and the extensive bibliography will lead to further research. This introduction to owl biology will be a welcome addition for all libraries. Nancy Bent
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The beautiful and well-written book contains a great deal of meticulously research information about owls... a pleasure to read. (Robert Warnock Blue Jay)

The author of this richly illustrated book pays particular attention to the way different cultures perceive the owl. (Princeton Times of Trenton 2003-12-07)

A fresh, informative approach that powerfully communicates the magic of birds that are so poorly known that new species surface regularly. (David Lukas Los Angeles Times 2004-01-06)

A fascinating portrait of 205 species of owl... explores myth and legends... intriguing facts are brought to light. (Suzanne Hively Cleveland Plain Dealer 2003-11-26)

I highly recommend Owls of the World to anyone from beginning birders to professional ornithologists. I wish it had been available when I began my adventures in ornithology almost 40 years ago. (James W. Kessler Science Books and Films)

Owls of the World is encyclopedic and a thorough, lively from-the-field reference. (BirdTimes)

Lavishly illustrated survey will be an eyeopener. (Globe and Mail 2003-11-22)

Owls are one of the most under-studied creatures; this title goes a long way towards compensating for that dearth of information. Plus the birds are surprisingly beautiful. (Publishers Weekly 2003-12-15)

[Duncan's] knowledge of and concern for these birds are evident in his book... his text is sparse and accessible, and he often uses anecdotes to deliver information. (Jim Williams Minneapolis Star Tribune 2004-12-22)

Excellent color photographs... an informative book suitable for owl enthusiasts, birders, naturalists and public and academic libraries. (International Hawkwatcher)

Product details

  • Item Weight : 3.09 pounds
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781552978450
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1552978450
  • Dimensions : 8.5 x 1 x 10.75 inches
  • Publisher : Firefly Books (September 6, 2003)
  • ASIN : 1552978451
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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