A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors

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Brian K. Wheeler, William S. Clark
Academic Press, 1995 - Nature - 198 pages
2 Reviews

Whether soaring or perched, diurnal birds of prey often present challenging identification problems for the bird enthusiast. Variable plumage, color morphs, and unique individual characteristics are just some of the factors bird watchers must consider when identifying the different species. In this authoritative reference, two of the world's top experts on raptors provide an essential guide to the variations in the species, allowing for easier recognition of key identification points. All the distinguishing marks described have been exhaustively tested in a wide range of field conditions by the authors as well as the colleagues and students who have learned from them.

Key Features:

  • The only complete photographic guide to North American diurnal birds of prey
  • Includes all species, common and rare
  • Written by well-known experts
  • Contains 365 photographs, each with an explanatory caption and supporting text describing all 43 species of diurnal raptors found in North America
  • Features 14 discussions of specific problems in practical identification
  • Complete set showing every plumage
  • Raptor I.D. problem section showing similar species side by side

Species List:

Turkey Vulture. Black Vulture. California Condor. Osprey. Hook-billed Kite. Swallow-tailed Kite. White-tailed Kite. Snail Kite. Mississippi Kite. Bald Eagle. Northern Harrier. Sharp-shinned Hawk. Cooper's Hawk. Northern Goshawk. Common Black Hawk. Harris' Hawk. Gray Hawk. Red-shouldered Hawk. Broad-winged Hawk. Short-tailed Hawk. Swainson's Hawk. White-tailed Hawk. Zone-tailed Hawk. Red-tailed Hawk. Ferruginous Hawk. Rough-legged Hawk. Golden Eagle. Crested Caracara. American Kestrel. Merlin. Aplomado Falcon. Gyrfalcon. Peregrine. Prairie Falcon. Crane Hawk. Roadside Hawk. Hawaiian Hawk. Red-backed Hawk. Steller's Sea Eagle. White-tailed Eagle. Collared Forest Falcon. Northern Hobby. Common Kestrel.

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User Review  - Susen - Goodreads

An essential guide book! The raptor ID problems section is very helpful .. I can't say that you'll never "is that a Sharpie or a Coopers?" but you'll probably be asking that question a lot less. Read full review

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User Review  - Will Brown - Goodreads

A beautiful photographic study. A super addition to any hawk watchers library. Read full review

About the author (1995)

Brian K. Wheeler is a noted wildlife artist, writer, and photographer specializing in hawks.

William S. Clark, photographer, author, and lecturer, travels worldwide leading birding tours with his company, Raptours.

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