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From the New York Times best selling author of the peerless bird identification guide The Sibley Guide to Birds, a landmark exploration of how birds live and what they do.
Designed to enhance the birding experience and to enrich the popular study of North American birds, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior combines more than 795 of Sibley's beautiful full-color illustrations with authoritative text by 48 expert birders and biologists.
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. From the creator of the seminal field guide, The Sibley Guide to Birds, comes another indispensable book for bird watchers. This veritable bible to the world of birds is the collaborative effort of 48 expert birders and biologists, who combine scientific accuracy and detail with an easily readable and well-organized format. How does a tiny chickadee survive subzero temperatures? How do flocks of birds synchronize their flights? How can an albatross cross miles of ocean without flapping its wings? Which bird brains are actually intelligent? It's all here in essays giving an overview of avian evolution, biology, and the aerodynamics of flight and in chapters devoted to the 80 bird families of North America, each one detailing taxonomy, habitats, feeding, breeding, vocalizations, migrations, and more. Concerned about declining populations, Sibley also discusses the conservation status of each species and the factors that threaten them. This fascinating source of information is destined to be a well-thumbed companion. -- Lesley Reed