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Owls : a guide to the owls of the world
König, Claus, 1933-
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Publication Information:
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
462 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
General Note:
Errata sheet inserted.
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QL696.S8 K657 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Because of its adaptation to nocturnal life, the owl is sometimes difficult to see; its identification is therefore a challenge even to the most experienced field birders. This book, together with its accompanying double CD, is an invaluable aid to the identification of owls, for it pays particular attention to the crucial element of voice identification. In addition to identification, the book also offers in-depth coverage of the ecology and reproductive behavior of owls. The book includes 64 color plates of various species as well as sonograms and distribution maps.

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K"onig (Stuttgart Univ.) and colleagues offer a worldwide catalog of the order Strigiformes (owls), laid out as a field guide with 64 plates in full color illustrating 212 species, followed by species accounts with distribution maps. There is a 34-page overview of the biology of owls concentrating primarily on European species and an extensive review of the molecular evolution and taxonomy of this group. A surprisingly brief bibliography and index round out the volume. The book highlights how little is known about many if not most of these nocturnal birds, with frequent comments of "more research needs to be done," especially for the tropical species. General and undergraduate libraries will probably find regional field guides more useful to their readers, although the authors have made a successful effort to avoid technical terminology whenever possible and nonspecialists can easily read the book. This important work should find a place in libraries specializing in ornithology and taxonomy. General readers; graduate students; faculty; professionals. T. C. Williams; Swarthmore College