Created for serious birding enthusiasts, this is a pocket guide to identifying the various species of North American hummingbirds. It is useful both for field identification for birdwatchers and for amateurs and professionals who work banding birds and will need to tell the species, sex, and age of birds in the hand. The book is very thoroughly illustrated with a mix of drawings, photographs, and closeups of specific features such as tail feathers. Sections are organized by bird size and color tabs rather than taxonomic relationships. They describe the seventeen species resident in North America. The language of the text is clear and does not require any specialist knowledge; it shows how to identify males, females, and juveniles of each species and keys to telling them apart where they look alike. There is additional information on the eight species that have been reported on the continent as accidentals, and an introduction on how to tell the species of hummingbirds in flight. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Designed to help birders and banders identify, age, and sex all seventeen species of hummingbirds found in North America, this is the only identification guide devoted entirely to hummingbirds that includes up-close, easy-to-use illustrations. It also provides information on the eight species that have been reported but rarely seen in North America.
On first viewing hummingbirds are often a blur of fast-moving color. However, when they perch and hover they can be observed, and the size, shape, and color; the proportions of the body, bill, throat, and tail; the wing feather pattern; and the birds' behavior are crucial to accurate identification. The author's concise descriptions and illustrations pinpoint all these features in clear, jargon-free language. Anyone who loves hummingbirds will welcome the information he provides.
Number of Pages: 233
Sub-Genre: North America
Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr
Author: George C. West
Street Date: November 15, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-7624