A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada

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A&C Black, Jun 30, 2010 - Nature - 379 pages
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A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on all the features that make possible identification of all 62 species of sparrows that occur in North America. The text gives detailed descriptions of the summer, winter, and juvenile plumages of each species, as well as comparisons with similar species. The species accounts are illustrated with range maps and superb line drawings showing behavioral postures and, where useful, fine features of tail feather patterns. The 27 color plates splendidly illustrate the various plumages of each species with the emphasis on the distinctive appearance of birds of different sex, age, and geographic regions. This beautiful and authoritative book will be a must for the library of all keen birders living in and visiting North America.

Species accounts include discussions of species':

* Identification

* Measurements

* Voice

* Habitat

* Ecology

* Nesting biology

* Distribution

* Taxonomy

* Geographic variations

* Historical and present status
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
About This Book
3
What Are Sparrows?
9
Accounts of Species
18
Color Plates
295

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Written by James D. Rising.

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