THE SIBLEY GUIDE TO BIRD LIFE AND BEHAVIOR (NEW EDITION)
Author: David Allen Sibley
Publisher: BANTAM (BDD)/RANDOM HOUSE, Jul 2009
Designed to enhance the birding experience & to enrich the popular study of N. American birds; combines illus with authoritative text by 48 expert birders & biologists. 608pgs full-color illus.
?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.
"Identification books answer what; The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior answers why. Why is that dipper walking casually along the bottom of the stream? Why are those crows ganging up on that hawk? The opening chapters serve as a readable crash course in basic ornithology; the individual bird-family sections settle arguments, provide stats, and give the current conservation status. This is the book to turn the casual bird-watcher into a birder; it's suffused with David Sibley's quiet, concerned wonder."
--Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly, November 16, 2001
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
David Allen Sibley began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. Author and illustrator of the nationally acclaimed National Audubon Society: The Sibley Guide to Birds, he lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
Chris Elphick, editor and contributing author, holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently a research scientist at the University of Connecticut, where he focuses on the conservation of waterbirds, especially shorebirds. He lives in Storrs, Connecticut.
John B. Dunning, Jr., editor and contributing author, earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Arizona. He is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Purdue University and lives in Lafayette, Indiana.