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A Photographic guide to North American raptors
Wheeler, Brian K., 1955-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Academic Press, 1999.

Physical Description:
xviii, 198 pages : color illustrations 24 cm
General Note:
"Reprinted with corrections, 1999"--T.p. verso.
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QL696.F3 W48 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Table of Contents

Pete Dunne
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Photo Creditsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Glossary and Anatomyp. xv
Vulturesp. 1
Turkey Vulturep. 1
Black Vulturep. 5
California Condorp. 7
Ospreyp. 9
Kitesp. 12
Hook-billed Kitep. 12
Swallow-tailed Kitep. 15
White-tailed Kitep. 17
Snail Kitep. 20
Mississippi Kitep. 23
Northern Harrierp. 28
Accipitersp. 32
Sharp-shinned Hawkp. 32
Cooper's Hawkp. 35
Northern Goshawkp. 38
Buteoninesp. 42
Common Black Hawkp. 42
Harris' Hawkp. 45
Gray Hawkp. 47
Red-shouldered Hawkp. 49
Broad-winged Hawkp. 56
Short-tailed Hawkp. 60
Swainson's Hawkp. 63
White-tailed Hawkp. 73
Zone-tailed Hawkp. 79
Red-tailed Hawkp. 82
Ferruginous Hawkp. 100
Rough-legged Hawkp. 108
Eaglesp. 116
Bald Eaglep. 116
Golden Eaglep. 123
Crested Caracarap. 127
Falconsp. 130
American Kestrelp. 130
Aplomado Falconp. 133
Merlinp. 136
Prairie Falconp. 141
Gyrfalconp. 145
Peregrinep. 149
Vagrantsp. 154
Crane Hawkp. 154
White-tailed Eaglep. 155
Steller's Sea Eaglep. 157
Roadside Hawkp. 159
Red-backed Buzzardp. 161
Hawaiian Hawkp. 162
Collared Forest-Falconp. 163
Common Kestrelp. 164
Northern Hobbyp. 166
Raptor identification problemsp. 168
Indexp. 197