National Audubon Society Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior
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This landmark book is designed to enhance the birding experience and to enrich the popular study of North American birds. Edited by Chris Elphick, John B. Dunning, Jr. and David Allen Sibley; Illustrated by David Allen Sibley. Hardcover; 588 pages; full-color illustrations and maps. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; copyright 2001. Combines more than 795 full-color illustrations with authoritative text by 48 expert birders and biologists. Takes you beyond identification to show how birds live and what they do. Introductory essays outline the principles of avian evolution, life cycle, body structure, flight dynamics and more. Eighty family-by-family chapters describe the amazing range of behavior dictated by birds' biology and environment. Subjects covered include molts and plumages, habitats, food and foraging, vocalization and displays, courtship and breeding, and rearing of young. Also covers migration and movements, scientific groupings, accidental species, introduced species, anatomy, flight patterns and conservation.