A Guide to the Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of North American Birds, Second Edition (Natural World)

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A Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds, Second Edition provides a thorough, species-by-species guide to the breeding biology of the birds of North America. Some 669 breeding species are described in full, covering the birds of a vast area, from the Arctic to the southern boundary of the continental United States. The main text presents complete basic information on the breeding cycle of each species, summarized in a natural sequence: nest habitat, nest-site, nest construction, breeding season, eggs, incubation and nesting and nestling period. More than 700 color and line illustrations provide valuable information on the identification of the nests, eggs, and nestlings of 597 species. The book covers perhaps the most fascinating aspects of North American birdlife, their reproduction and the care of their young, essential elements in the survival of any species. The book summarizes all that is known of this crucial part of a birds life cycle, and by omission, points to what is yet unknown and may yet be discovered by the scientific ornithologist and birder alike. If your fascination in the nests, eggs, and nestlings of North American birds centers on identifying them in the field, you will find this book essential. If conservation is also a concern, you will appreciate the value of understanding the breeding requirements and biology of even the most common of species. This book will prove invaluable whatever your interest in North American birds.

Key Features
* Describes nests, eggs, and nestlings and gives basic biological information on nesting and breeding biology
* Includes up-to-date coverage of all North American breeding species, including Alaska and Canada in one comprehensive volume
* Contains more than 700 color and line illustrations of nests, eggs, and nestlings

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Perfect for both the scientific ornithologist and the amateur birder, A Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds provides a thorough, species-by-species guide to the breeding biology of the birds of North America. Some 669 breeding species are described in full, covering the birds of a vast area, from the Arctic to the southern boundary of the continental United States.
The main text presents complete basic information on the breeding cycle of each species, summarized in a natural sequence: nest habitat, nest-site, nest construction, breeding season, eggs, incubation and nesting and nestling period. Over 100 black-and-white drawings of nests and nestlings and identification keys provide valuable information on the identification of the nests, eggs, and nestlings of the species. Sixteen color plates show a wide range of typical young, mostly of species with precocial, or downy nestlings. A further 48 color plates show the eggs of 597 species (some with examples of the natural variations commonly encountered).
If your fascination in the nests, eggs, and nestlings of North American birds centers on identifying them in the field, you will find this book essential. If conservation is also a concern you will appreciate the value of understanding the breeding requirements and biology of even the most common of species. This book will prove invaluable whatever your interest in North American birds.

About the Author:

Paul J. Baicich, a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Birding Association, is currently General Publications Editor for that organization. He is also a Councilor for the Association of Field Ornithologists.

Colin Harrison was a member of the scientific staff of the British Museum Natural History Subdepartment of Ornithology for 26 years. Acting as curator of the Museums extensive world collection of birds eggs and nests, he examined behavior, structure, and zoogeography.

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