Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 4, 2002 - Nature - 456 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
Gaviidae 0
14
Loons in Flight
44
Aramidae
52
Accidental Longlegged Wading Birds
58
Anatidae
64
Merginae 0
83
Flight Patterns of Ducks 0
90
Strigidae and Tytonidae
202
Caprimulgidae
208
Alcedinidae
214
Tyrannidae
222
Accidental Flycatchers
228
Apodidae
236
Gnatcatchers Polioptilinae and Kinglets Regulidae
242
Mimidae
248

Pandionidae II 2
114
Phasianidae
120
Charadriidae
132
Large Shorebirds in Flight
144
Scolopacidae
160
Accidental Shorebirds from Eurasia
166
Laridae
172
Rynchopinae
190
Columbidae
196
Laniidae 254 Shrikes Laniidae
254
Parulidae
278
Icteridae
310
Passeridae
318
More South Texas Specialties
324
Range Maps
333
Index of Scientific Names
411
Index of Common Names
419
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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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