A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors

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9780691116440: A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors

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.


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  • 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


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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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Considered the definitive raptor identification guide for North America, this essential resource for birders includes photos and text for distinguishing between hawks, falcons, eagles, and vultures in the field, paying careful attention to plumage variations in juveniles and adults.

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Whether soaring or perched, diurnal birds of prey are difficult to identify. They vary in plumage, according to age, race, color morph, or even individual differences. This, along with the difficulties of field conditions - fleeting glimpses, poor light and extreme range - have combined to make correct, positive field ID the realm of the expert birder.
But now help is at hand for the average birder. Field marks do not exist that are definitive for all raptor species, despite plumage variability. Moreover, these marks can be seen quickly under most viewing conditions. In this book two of North America's most experienced raptor identification experts provide the essential guide to these field marks, as well as, showing the range of plumage variation.
Brian Wheeler and Bill Clark have been observing, studying, and photographing raptors for many years and have taught thousands of birds to improve their ID skills through book and magazine publications, lectures, and field seminars. Here are 377 color photographs; each is stunning and each has an explanatory caption.

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