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A field guide to hawks of North America
Clark, William S., 1937-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Physical Description:
x, 316 pages, 81 pages of plates : color illustrations, color maps ; 19 cm.

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This guide includes all 39 species of North American hawks and other diurnal raptors, including eagles, falcons, and vultures. Color paintings and photographs show each species in various color morphs and plumages, which are aso described in detail.

Author Notes

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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Choice Review

This new edition replaces the first edition (CH, Dec'87). The main portion includes extensive treatments of all 35 species of Falconiformes (New World vultures included) regularly found north of Mexico. Twelve additional species of "vagrant" hawks are treated in a separate section. All species are illustrated on 40 all-new, well-done to excellent color plates, an increase from the 26 plates in the first edition. The color plates and accompanying facing pages of mini-text emphasize the fine points and field marks for the identification of species, ages, sexes, morphs, and, where appropriate, subspecies. The main text is best described as a "fine tuned version" of the material from the first edition. Gone are the black-and-white photos; these have been replaced by two up to six color photographs for each of the 35 regular species and one or two of each "vagrant." This new material will be useful for advanced birders and experienced hawk watchers; beginners may find the amount of detail somewhat overwhelming. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. S. W. Harris emeritus, Humboldt State University



NORTHERN GOSHAWK Pl. 13 Accipiter gentilisDescription The Northern Goshawk, our largest accipiter, is a breeding resident in northern and western mountain forests. Wings are long for an accipiter, rather buteo-like. Tip of folded tail is wedge-shaped. Sexes are almost alike in plumage, with females separably larger than males. Juvenile plumage is different from that of adults. Cere is greenish yellow to yellow. Legs are yellow. On perched birds, wingtips extend halfway to tail tip. Widespread race atricapillus is described below.ADULT: Head is black except for wide white superciliary lines and whitish throat. Eye color varies from orange to red to mahogany, darkening with age. Back and upperwing coverts are blue-gray and average darker on females; they contrast with blackish uppersides of flight feathers. Underwing coverts and underparts are pale blue-gray with fine black vermiculations and some vertical black streaking. Females usually have coarser, darker barring and more vertical black streaking. Primaries show dusky banding on undersides; secondaries show, at most, faint banding. Tail is blue-gray, with three or four incomplete blackish bands. Undertail coverts are white and fluffy. Excerpted from A Field Guide to Hawks of North America by William S. Clark, Brian K. Wheeler All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
List of Platesp. ix
Introductionp. 1
How to Use This Bookp. 10
List of Termsp. 12
Platesp. 17
Species Accountsp. 99
New World Vultures: Cathartidaep. 101
Black Vulturep. 102
Turkey Vulturep. 105
California Condorp. 109
Ospreys: Pandioninaep. 113
Ospreyp. 113
Kites: Accipitridaep. 119
Hook-billed Kitep. 119
Swallow-tailed Kitep. 123
White-tailed Kitep. 127
Snail Kitep. 131
Mississippi Kitep. 135
Sea and Fishing Eagles: Haliaeetusp. 141
Bald Eaglep. 141
Harriers: Circusp. 149
Northern Harrierp. 149
Accipiters: Accipiterp. 155
Sharp-shinned Hawkp. 156
Cooper's Hawkp. 160
Northern Goshawkp. 165
Buteonines: Accipitridaep. 170
Common Black-Hawkp. 170
Harris's Hawkp. 175
Gray Hawkp. 178
Red-shouldered Hawkp. 182
Broad-winged Hawkp. 189
Short-tailed Hawkp. 193
Swainson's Hawkp. 198
White-tailed Hawkp. 205
Zone-tailed Hawkp. 210
Red-tailed Hawkp. 213
Harlan's Hawkp. 222
Ferruginous Hawkp. 227
Rough-legged Hawkp. 233
Booted Eagles: Aquilap. 241
Golden Eaglep. 241
Falcons: Falconidaep. 247
Crested Caracarap. 248
American Kestrelp. 252
Merlinp. 256
Aplomado Falconp. 262
Gyrfalconp. 265
Peregrine Falconp. 270
Prairie Falconp. 276
Vagrants: Accipitridae and Falconidaep. 281
Eurasian Honey Buzzardp. 281
Black Kitep. 284
Egyptian Vulturep. 286
White-tailed Eaglep. 288
Steller's Sea Eaglep. 291
Marsh Harrierp. 294
Crane Hawkp. 295
Roadside Hawkp. 297
Booted Eaglep. 300
Collared Forest-Falconp. 302
Common Kestrelp. 304
Eurasian Hobbyp. 308
Referencesp. 313
Indexp. 314