Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons of North America: Biology and Natural History by Paul A. JohnsgardIn this newest and up-to-date book in a long line of respected works, Paul A. Johnsgard provides a comprehensive review of all thirty-one species of diurnal raptors that breed in the United States and Canada.
In his thorough style, Johnsgard presents the evolutionary history and the morphological features of this diverse group. He gives a detailed account of each of the thirty-one included species, including identifying characteristics to aid birders with field study, a survey of habitats, food and foraging ecology, social behavior, and breeding biology. He also discusses the conservation of these magnificent predators, since hawks, eagles, and falcons are among the wildlife that suffered most from use of DDT and other pesticides in the decades after WWII.
In addition to range maps, full-page figures, and numerous sketches, the book is handsomely illustrated and includes appendices, a glossary of technical terms, and a bibliography of more than 1,200 sources. Comparable to Johnsgards highly prised North American Owls, this book will be a keystone in the library of every ornithologist, raptor buff, and birder, and a welcome new source for the ecologist and naturalist as well.
Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons of North America: Biology and Natural History
I have tried to present an adequate if far from exhaustive survey of the general biology, ecology, and behavior of all the included species, written so as to be understandable to the interested layman as well as useful to the biologist who might be looking for relevant literature citations or trying to deal with a specific question without resorting to extensive library searches. The larger number of species of North American hawklike birds 31, compared to 19 owl species has required that I keep the individual species accounts substantially shorter. I have excluded the New World vultures from consideration, primarily because it is now increasingly apparent that these birds are not directly related to any of the other falconiform groups. I have similarly excluded a few vagrant Eurasian or Mexican species that, although they may rarely have occurred on mainland North America north of Mexico, are not yet as of known to have nested within these limits. In common with my earlier books, I have provided anatomical drawings, measurements, keys, and plumage descriptions these mainly adapted from those of Friedmann, to facilitate in-hand species identification and further to assist in aging and sexing living or dead specimens.
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