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Owls of North AmericaArtist/Author: Backhouse, Frances
An in-depth yet lively study of these fascinating birds on the North American continent. Topics include anatomy and adaptations, mating behaviours, egg laying and chick rearing, feeding habits, communication displays and location. Superbly designed birds of prey, owls are equipped with highly effective tools for killing and dismembering their prey: strong feet with curved, stiletto-like talons and a sturdy hooked bill with razor-sharp cutting edges. What makes owls unique is that most of them hunt in darkness from dusk to dawn using their keen hearing, enhanced low-light vision and sound-muffling structures on their flight feathers. With detailed profiles of and range maps for all 23 species, along with 70 colour photographs illustrating key behavioural characteristics, Owls of North America is a solid reference for bird watchers, naturalists and general readers.
Owls of the world: a photographic guide.Artist/Author: Mikkola, Heimo.
The ultimate photographic resource dedicated to the identification of these largely nocturnal birds of prey. This book contains lavish and spectacular photography from dozens of the world’s finest natural history photographers, covering all of the world’s 268 species of owls; particular attention is given to subspecific differences, sexing and ageing. The photographs are accompanied by concise text on the identification, habitat, food, distribution and voice of these birds, along with accurate range maps. In this second edition, recent changes to owl taxonomy are incorporated with full descriptions (and images) of a number of new species, along with several new photographs to improve this book’s amazing photographic coverage still further. This is the definitive work on owl identification – no birder’s bookshelf should be without it!
Beautiful owls.Artist/Author: Taylor, Marianne.
Stunning portraits of 36 species of owls from around the world.
Owls.Artist/Author: Taylor, Marianne.
This informative book, covering the northern hemisphere, is divided in two between thematic sections covering owl biology and species accounts for around 30 species (with emphasis on European and Nearctic species). It is comprehensive in coverage and includes all of the owls in the region.
Australian high country owls.Artist/Author: Olsen, Jerry.
Provides the latest scientific information on Australian owls, especially Ninox species. It details studies of Southern boobooks and Powerful owls, visits to North America and Europe to learn about owl research, and the resulting publications that overturned some existing beliefs about Australian owls. Ultimately, this led to the discovery of a new owl species in Indonesia, the Little Sumba hawk-owl. Appendices cover the biology, conservation and rehabilitation of Australian owls, including: field recognition, subspecies taxonomy, habitat, behaviour, food, range, migration, breeding, voice and calls, status and myths, questions about each species, and techniques for caring for injured and orphaned owls. The book includes numerous photographs of different owl species, and will be a handy reference for bird researchers and amateur bird watchers alike.
Nightjars, Potoos, Frogmouths, Oilbird, and Owlet-Nightjars of the world.Artist/Author: Cleere, Nigel.
Includes all Nightjars, Potoos, Frogmouths, Oilbird and Owlet-nightjars. Each species fully described, with local and international status shown.
This lavishly illustrated book is the first comprehensive photographic guide to the Caprimulgiformes of the world. Each of the 100 species of nightjars and nighthawks, 17 frogmouths, 7 potoos, Oilbird and 10 owlet-nightjars are illustrated with high quality photographs, including many images which have never previously been published.
Introductory chapters cover distribution, plumage and structure, biology and taxonomy. The brief text for each species covers size, identification, similar species, voice, habitat preferences, breeding, range, status and is accompanied by a distribution map which includes historical data for each species.
Owl.Artist/Author: Morris, Desmond.
Reaktion Animal Series.’The owls are not what they seem’. From ancient Babylon, to Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat” and the grandiloquent, absent-minded Wol from Winnie the Pooh, to David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks”, owls have woven themselves into the fabric of human culture from earliest times. Beautiful, silent, pitiless predators of the night, possessing contradictory qualities of good and evil, they are enigmatic creatures that dwell throughout the world yet barely make their presence known. In his fascinating new book “Owl” bestselling author and broadcaster Desmond Morris explores the natural and cultural history of one of nature’s most popular creatures. Morris describes the evolution, the many species, and the wide spread of owls around the world – excluding Antarctica, owls are found on every land mass, ranging in size from 28 centimeters (the Least Pygmy Owl) to more than 70 centimeters tall (the Eurasian Eagle Owl). As a result of their wide distribution, owls also occur in the folk-tales, myths and legends of many native peoples, and Morris explores all these, as well as the many examples of owls in art, film, literature and popular culture.
A new title by an acclaimed and well-known author, and featuring many telling illustrations from nature and culture, “Owl” will appeal to the many devotees of this emblematic bird. Despite the fact that many have never seen or even heard an owl, he illustrates through this enticing read that the owl’s presence is still very real to us today.
Owls of the world.Artist/Author: Konig, Claus and Freidhelm Weick.
This revised second edition (first published 1999) covers the identification of owls of the world. The plumages of many species are cryptic and difficult to separate by plumage alone. This problem is compounded by the different morphs that many adopt. This book fully describes every known species and subspecies of owl, as well as presenting the latest evidence on owl taxonomy, based on DNA work and vocalisations. Because voice is vital in owl identification, much emphasis is placed on it in the book and sonograms are provided for many species.
An accompanying CD of owl vocalisations is in planning for late 2009/early 2010 see [stock id 13247].
Owls of the United States and Canada: a complete guide to their biology and behavior.Artist/Author: Lynch, Wayne.
The colour photographs in the guide are complemented with a wealth of information about anatomy, habitat, diet, and family life. For each of the nineteen species that inhabit Canada and the United States, a range map and a brief discussion of distribution, population size, and status are included.
Owls: wild guide.Artist/Author: Berger, Cynthia.
Explores the lives of owls, including their fearsome hunting abilities, their tender courtship rituals, and, of course, their haunting vocalisations. This book also includes an identification guide covering several North American species – from the tiny Elf Owl to the imposing Great Gray Owl – as well as tips for observing owls in the wild. Owls have always occupied a special place in the popular imagination, regarded throughout history as both harbingers of doom and symbols of wisdom. Cynthia Berger explores the lives of these mysterious creatures, including their fearsome hunting abilities, their surprisingly tender courtship rituals, and, of course, their haunting vocalisations. Also included is an identification guide covering the full range of North American species – from the tiny Elf Owl to the imposing Great Gray Owl – as well as tips for observing owls in the wild. There are even instructions for building your own nest box to attract these remarkable birds to your backyard.
Owls: journeys around the world.Artist/Author: Hollands, David.
The detailed text is accompanied by fabulous photographs of owls from around the world. The result is an amalgam of all these things, a book not just about owls but also about their dwindling habitat and the remarkable people who interact and care for them. The essays are stimulating and evocative, taking the reader with the author on a succession of journeys. They contain a wealth of owl observation and information and convey the wonder of these mysterious birds, the variety of their lifestyles and the fascinating places where they live.