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Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America (Peterson Reference Guides) Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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This comprehensive and authoritative guide to the natural history, ecology, and conservation of North Americas 23 woodpecker species goes far beyond identification. It explores their unique anatomy and their fascinating and often comical behaviors; it covers each species North American conservation status; and it showcases over 250 stunning photographs of woodpeckers in their natural habitats, plus easy-to-read figures and range maps. This reference guide is an essential addition to every birder's library.
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This comprehensive guide to the natural history, ecology, and conservation of North Americas 23 woodpecker species showcases the work of 70 different photographers and artists in a grand display of photographs and illustrations. Meticulously researched and including more than 1,300 bibliographic entries, this expertly crafted guide combines the authors engaging writing style with his extensive experience in field research and guided tours specifically focused on North American woodpeckers. Never before has the amazing world of woodpeckers been so clearly interpreted for such a broad audience.
Peterson Reference Guides offer authoritative, comprehensive information, including detailed text, maps, and superior illustrations. Written by expert authors, the guides are an unparalleled resource for understanding specific groups of animals.
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Shunk includes in this volume brief but in-depth studies (and these two seemingly disparate terms do fit together in this book) of all twenty-two varieties of North American woodpeckers. He also includes a final comprehensive chapter about the almost certainly extirpated Ivory-billed woodpecker as well. In doing so, he makes one of the most thoughtful statements about this great bird I have read in any of the many books which appeared in the early years of this century after the supposed reappearance of the Ivory-billed woodpecker after nearly fifty years. After visiting its former breeding grounds, he writes: "Are there still Ivory-billeds in the Big Woods (of Arkansas)? Maybe; maybe not. But I learned that I do not require their presence to experience their majesty and mystery." In many ways, I think that feeling probably applies in one way or another to all the other much-smaller woodpeckers still with us today.
There is no doubt that like all other Peterson guides, this volume is a book for "experts" but it would be wrong to suggest that it is only for such specialists. I have been a devoted amateur bird watcher (as well as a so-called "birder") for more than seventy years but even after so long, I still realize how little I know about our avian neighbors. This certainly applies to all the many woodpeckers for which I have long maintained a special love affair. WOODPECKERS OF NORTH AMERICA will be a volume that I will refer to again and again whenever I am fortunate enough to see any of these wonderful birds. Others who choose to purchase this study will certainly find themselves doing the same.