The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior
“Once in a great while, a natural history book changes the way people look at the world. In 1838, John ames Audubon's Birds of America was one...In 1934, Roger Tory Peterson produced Field Guide to the Birds...Now comes The Sibley Guide to Birds.”
Thus did The New York Times, in 1999, greet David Allen Sibley's monumental book, which has quickly been established nationwide as the peerless, standard bird identification guide.
The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior is the new landmark book from David Allen Sibley. Designed to enhance the birding experience and to enrich the popular study of North American birds, the book combines more than 795 of his full-color illustrations with authoritative text by 48 expert birders and biologists. In this new guide Sibley takes us beyond identification, to show us how birds live and what they do.
Introductory essays outline the principles of avian evolution, life cycle, body structure, flight dynamics, and more. The 80 family-by-family chapters describe the amazing range of behavior dictated by birds' biology and environment. Among the subjects covered and illustrated are:
--molts and plumages
--food and foraging
--vocalizations and displays
--courtship and breeding
--rearing of young
--migration and movements
--nests and eggs
Accessibly written, superbly designed and organized, and brilliantly illustrated, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior is an indispensable source of information on the avian life around us.
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Anatid nests . Most waterfowl nest on the ground , but the nest itself varies from
nothing more than a shallow scrape to a carefully concealed , featherlined bowl
with an overhanging canopy ( such as that of the Northern Pintail , near left ) .
display , the male or female flies harrier - wedging between the twigs that make
up like , cruising slowly on a horizontal the bottom of the nest cup . Accipiters
plane above its territory , slowly beating its line their nests with pieces of outer
Tree Swallow at nest box . Tree Swallows nest Nests in cavities near water , such
as old woodpecker holes . The draining of swamps and cutting of The swallows '
habit of feeding in the dead trees has reduced the number of natural open ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing
I have to say this right off the bat, because I think it is funny and potentially points to my birding ignorance. At the end of this Sibley guide there is a "Species Checklist" which makes a lot of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - justagirlwithabook - LibraryThing
Such a great guide to birds! My father is a teacher of biology and ornithology (and is often referred to as 'the bird man'). As an expert on birds and the birding world, he has a handful of books that are his 'go-to' books for birding information, and Sibley is always a go-to. Read full review
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