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A field guide to western birds : a completely new guide to field marks of all species found in North America west of the 100th meridian and north of Mexico
Peterson, Roger Tory, 1908-1996.
Third edition, completely revised and enlarged.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1990.
Physical Description:
432 pages ; color illustrations ; 20 cm.
General Note:
"Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute."
Format :


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Central Library QL683.W4 P4 1990C Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Clarence Library QL683.W4 P4 1990C Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"The Birder's Bible" for more than 60 years, Roger Tory Peterson's classic Field Guide to Western Birds includes all species found in North America west of the 100th meridian and north of Mexico. Featuring the unique Peterson Identification System, Western Birds contains 165 full-color paintings that show more than 1,000 birds from 700 species. Summer and winter ranges, breeding grounds, and other special range data are shown on easy-to-read range maps.

Table of Contents

Map of Area Covered by this Bookp. 2
Introductionp. 5
Bird Songs and Calls; Bird Nestsp. 12
Topography of a Birdp. 16
How to Identify Birdsp. 17
Ducklike Birds (Miscellaneous Swimmers)p. 24
Loons: Gaviidaep. 24
Grebes: Podicipedidaep. 26
Cormorants: Phalacrocoracidaep. 28
Auks, etc.: Alcidaep. 32
Waterfowl (Swans, Geese, Ducks): Anatidaep. 38
Swans: Cygninip. 38
Geese: Anserinip. 40
Geese and Swans in Flightp. 42
Whistling-Ducks: Dendrocygninip. 44
Marsh Ducks: Anatinip. 44
Sea Ducks: Mergini (in part)p. 52
Bay Ducks: Aythyinip. 56
Stiff-tailed Ducks: Oxyurinip. 58
Mergansers: Mergini (in part)p. 60
Miscellaneous Waterfowl from Asiap. 62
Ducklike Swimmers (Coots, Gallinules): Rallidae (in part)p. 64
Flight Patterns of Ducksp. 66
Seabirds, Gulls, etc. (Aerialists)p. 74
Albatrosses: Diomedeidaep. 74
Shearwaters, Petrels, etc.: Procellariidaep. 76
Storm-Petrels: Hydrobatidaep. 80
Boobies: Sulidaep. 82
Tropicbirds: Phaethontidaep. 82
Pelicans: Pelecanidaep. 84
Frigatebirds: Fregatidaep. 84
Skuas, Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, Skimmers: Laridaep. 86
Skuas, Jaegers: Stercorariinaep. 86
Gulls: Larinaep. 88
Terns: Sterninaep. 104
Skimmers: Rynchopinaep. 108
Long-legged Wading Birdsp. 110
Herons, Bitterns: Ardeidaep. 110
Ibises, Spoonbills: Threskiornithidaep. 112
Storks: Ciconiidaep. 116
Cranes: Gruidaep. 116
Smaller Wading Birdsp. 118
Rails: Rallidae (in part)p. 118
Oystercatchers: Haematopodidaep. 120
Avocets, Stilts: Recurvirostridaep. 120
Plovers: Charadriidaep. 122
Sandpipers, Snipe, Phalaropes: Scolopacidaep. 128
Fowl-like Birdsp. 158
Turkeys: Phasianidae (in part)p. 158
Pheasants: Phasianidae (in part)p. 158
Grouse: Phasianidae (in part)p. 160
Partridges: Phasianidae (in part)p. 164
Quail: Phasianidae (in part)p. 166
Birds of Preyp. 168
Kites, Hawks, Eagles, etc.: Accipitridae (in part)p. 168
Kites: Accipitrinae (in part)p. 170
Harriers: Accipitrinae (in part)p. 170
Accipiters: Accipitrinae (in part)p. 172
Buteos: Accipitrinae (in part)p. 174
Eagles: Accipitrinae (in part)p. 180
American Vultures: Cathartidaep. 182
Osprey: Accipitridae, Pandioninaep. 184
Caracaras, Falcons: Falconidaep. 184
Caracara: Caracarinaep. 184
Falcons: Falconiniaep. 184
Birds of Prey Overheadp. 188
Owls: Tytonidae (Barn Owl) and Strigidaep. 198
Nonpasserine Land Birdsp. 206
Trogons: Trogonidaep. 206
Kingfishers: Alcedinidaep. 206
Pigeons, Doves: Columbidaep. 208
Parrots, Parakeets: Psittacidaep. 210
Cuckoos and Allies: Cuculidaep. 212
Goatsuckers (Nightjars): Caprimulgidaep. 214
Hummingbirds: Trochilidaep. 216
Woodpeckers: Picidaep. 222
Swifts: Apodidaep. 246
Passerine (Perching) Birdsp. 230
Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidaep. 230
Larks: Alaudidaep. 242
Pipits: Motacillidaep. 244
Swallows: Hirundinidaep. 248
Crows, Ravens, Jays, etc.: Corvidaep. 252
Chickadees, Titmice: Paridaep. 258
Verdin: Remizidaep. 260
Bushtit: Aegithalidaep. 260
Nuthatches: Sittidaep. 262
Creepers: Certhiidaep. 262
Wrens: Troglodytidaep. 264
Dippers: Cinclidaep. 266
Gnatcatchers: Sylviidaep. 268
Kinglets: Regulidaep. 268
Wrentit: Timaliidaep. 268
Mimic Thrushes (Thrashers, etc.): Mimidaep. 270
Thrushes: Turdidaep. 274
Shrikes: Laniidaep. 280
Starlings: Sturnidaep. 280
Waxwings: Bombycillidaep. 282
Silky-Flycatchers: Ptilogonatidaep. 282
Vireos: Vireonidaep. 284
Wood Warblers: Parulidaep. 288
Olive Warbler: Peucedramidaep. 297
Blackbirds, Orioles, etc.: Icteridaep. 306
Tanagers: Thraupidaep. 314
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos, etc.: Emberizidaep. 316
Grosbeaks, Buntings: Cardinalidaep. 336
Finches: Fringillidaep. 340
Old World Sparrows: Passeridaep. 346
Accidentals from Mexicop. 348
Accidentals from Asiap. 352
Range Mapsp. 359
Checklistp. 409
Key Sources for Further Referencep. 416
Indexp. 417
Conservation Notep. 432
Front: Roadside Silhouettes
Rear: Flight Silhouettes

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