Peterson Field Guide To The Birds Of Eastern And Central North America

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HarperCollins, Apr 4, 2002 - Nature - 304 pages
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Roger Tory Peterson had already made his mark with his innovative field guide when he conducted DDT research during World War II. His friend and fellow naturalist Rachel Carson built on these efforts and eventually wrote Silent Spring, a landmark text that, along with Peterson’s field guide, jump-started the modern environmental movement.
By combining the tireless observation of a scientist with the imaginative skills of an artist and writer, Peterson created a field guide that Robert Bateman, in his foreword to the fifth edition, says was the doorway for millions of people into the wonderland of natural history. The Peterson Identification System has been used in the more than fifty books that make up the Peterson Field Guide series. Peterson’s magnum opus, now in its fifth edition, created the trail for countless field guides to follow. They are still following year by year, but his is the standard by which all other field guides are judged.
On the morning of July 28, 1996, Roger Peterson was painting his final bird plate. He died peacefully in his sleep later that day. It is fitting that his final work—a culmination of more than sixty years of observing, painting, and writing—should be this one, a revision of the guide that started his legacy.

 

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This one is the definitive guide for birds of North America. Itll identify what you saw what you hope to see and other neighbors in a different section of our country. I had a elderly friend highly ... Read full review

Excellent Book

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I found this to be best book on identifying birds. I have gone back to this book time and time again and it has never let me down. I ordered one for a relative. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Life List
14
Family Gaviidae
26
Family Podicipedidae
28
Family Procellariidae
30
Family Hvdrobatidae
34
CASUAL OR ACCIDENTAL SEABIRDS
36
Family Pelecanidae
38
Family Columbidae
196
Family Psittacidae
198
Family Cuculidae
200
Families Strigidae True Owls and Tytonidae Barn Owls
202
Family Caprimulgidae
208
Family Caprimulgidae
210
Family Trochilidae
212
Family Alcedinidae
214

Family Sulidae
40
Family Phalacrocoracidae
42
LOONS IN FLIGHT
44
Family Ardeidae
46
Family Aramidae
52
Family Phoenicopteridae
54
Family Ciconiidae
56
ACCIDENTAL LONGLEGGED WADING BIRDS
58
Family Anatidae
60
Family Cathartidae
92
Family Accipitridae
96
Family Pandionidae
112
Family Falconidae
116
Family Phasianidae
120
Family Odontophoridae
124
Family Ballidae in part see p 128
126
Family Rallidae
128
Family Charadriidae
132
LARGE SHOREBIRDS IN FLIGHT
144
Family Haematopodidae
146
Family Scolopacidae in part see p 150
148
ACCIDENTAL SHORERIRDS FROM EURASIA
166
Family Stercorariidae
168
SKUAS
170
Family Laridae
172
Subfamily Sterninae
186
Family Rynchopinae
190
Family Alcidae
192
Family Picidae
216
Family Tyrannidae
222
ACCIDENTAL FLYCATCHERS
228
Family Alaudidae
230
Family Hirundinidae
232
Family Apodidae
234
Family Paridae
236
Family Sittidae
238
Family Troglodytidae
240
GNATCATCHERS Subfamily Polioptilinae AND KINGLETS Family Regulidae
242
Family Turdidae
244
Family Mimidae
248
Family Corvidae
250
Family Laniidae
254
Family Vireonidae
256
Family Parulidae
260
Family Thraupidae
282
Families Fringillidae Emberizidae Cardinalidae
284
Family Icteridae
310
Family Sturnidae
312
Family Passeridae
318
SOUTH TEXAS SPECIALTIES
320
MORE SOUTH TEXAS SPECIALTIES
322
MORE SOUTH TEXAS SPECIALTIES
324
ACCIDENTALS FROM THE TROPICS
326
ACCIDENTALS AND ESCAPES FROM EURASIA
328
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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.

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