Cover image for Falcons and hawks
Falcons and hawks
Olsen, Penny, 1949-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [1992]

Physical Description:
68 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm.
Describes the physical characteristics and behavior of various kinds of falcons and hawks around the world.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
QL696.F3 O39 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
QL696.F3 O39 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

On Order



The Great Creatures of the World series details the lives of some of the most intriguing animals with vivid photographs and fun-to-read text.This spectacular volume offers young readers a fresh and exciting understanding of the world's smaller birds of prey.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Olsen, an Australian expert on hawks, eagles, and falcons, offers much specific information about more than 70 birds of prey. She also discusses their migration, the sport of falconry, differences between males and females within a species, and human efforts to protect these creatures. Unfortunately, a few of the terms she uses have several meanings, which results in ambiguity; for example, hawk can describe a particular species or an entire group of raptors. A glossary is appended, but some words are not adequately explained for beginning students of ornithology. The oversize format, numerous close-up, full-color photographs, and frequent informational insets give this great browser appeal. Since the scope is worldwide, many of the birds cited live outside North America, which limits the book's value as an identification tool. Although frequent asides (pictures, captions, and insets) make the text difficult to read straight through, report writers will find this a helpful source. ~--Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-- A look at some of the smartest and toughest members of the bird world. Dealing first with the characteristics of all birds of prey, Olsen then focuses on specific species: kites, harriers, accipiters, falcons, etc. Migration, world distribution, and the relationship of the birds to humans are also discussed. The straightforward text and arresting full-color photographs are mixed with information boxes, making the book appealing to browsers and report writers alike. --Amy Nunley, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.