Rare Birds of North America, 1st Edition

  • Steve N. G. Howell
  • Ian Lewington
  • Will Russell
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  • ISBN-10: 1400848075
  • ISBN-13: 9781400848072
  • DDC: 598.097
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 448 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Rare Birds of North America is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the vagrant birds that occur throughout the United States and Canada. Featuring 275 stunning color plates, this book covers 262 species originating from three very different regions--the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world's oceans. It explains the causes of avian vagrancy and breaks down patterns of occurrence by region and season, enabling readers to see where, when, and why each species occurs in North America. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, taxonomy, age, sex, distribution, and status.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
How to Use This Book.
Rare Birds of North America.
1: What is a ‘Rare Bird’—and When and Whence?.
2: Migration and Vagrancy in Birds.
3: Migration.
4: Vagrancy.
5: Where Do North American Vagrants Come From?.
6: Old World Species.
7: New World Species.
8: Pelagic Species.
9: Topography, Molt, and Aging.
10: Bird Topography.
11: Molts and Plumages.
12: Molt and Aging.
13: Species Accounts.
14: Waterfowl.
15: Old World Waterfowl.
16: New World Waterfowl.
17: Sungrebes (Finfoots): Heliornithidae.
18: Alcids (Auks): Alcidae.
19: Pelagic Seabirds.
20: Petrels.
21: Albatrosses.
22: Storm-Petrels.
23: Tropicbirds.
24: Frigatebirds.
25: Boobies.
26: Gulls And Terns.
27: Shorebirds.
28: Old World Shorebirds.
29: New World Shorebirds.
30: Wading Birds.
31: Old World Wading Birds.
32: New World Wading Birds.
33: Raptors And Owls.
34: Old World Raptors and Owls.
35: New World Raptors and Owls.
36: Larger Landbirds.
37: Larger Old World Landbirds.
38: Larger New World Landbirds.
39: Aerial Landbirds.
40: Old World Aerial Landbirds.
41: New World Aerial Landbirds.
42: Songbirds.
43: Old World Songbirds.
44: New World Songbirds.
Appendix A: Species New to North America, Fall 2011–Summer 2012.
Appendix B: Species of Hypothetical Occurrence.
Appendix C: Birds New to North America, 1950–2011.
Literature Cited.