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The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behaviour (Ornithology) Hardcover – 30 Nov 2001


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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd (30 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713662506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713662504
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,724,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Sibley is one of North America's foremost ornithologists and bird artists. He has written numerous articles for Birding and American Birds, has been a birding tour leader for 21 years, and is author and illustrator of several books including the North American Bird Guide. Based in USA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you are like me, you love The Sibley Guide to Birds and treasure it as a guide to identifying birds.
If you are also like me, you often observe bird behavior that fascinates or surprises you. Little birds survive outdoors in very cold winter weather. Some ocean flyers are able to glide for vast distances without moving their wings. Why do birds lay external eggs rather than carry internal ones like mammals? How devoted are birds in pairs to one another? What habitats are most likely to shelter each bird type? What is the migration range and timing of that bird you're watching? What must we do to conserve a particular species?
The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior is designed to be a companion to The Sibley Guide to Birds, and extend your understanding of bird behaviors and the reasons behind them beyond the mere identification of species. With the two books, you have the birthday cake and the icing, too!
I was especially pleased to see that the writing was simple, straight-forward, and interesting. An 11-page glossary helps with the relatively few technical terms, many of which are carefully illustrated somewhere in the book.
From pages 15 through 120, the book focuses on general essays about all North American birds on subjects like feathers, flight characteristics, feet, bills, digestion, bones, organs, metabolism, respiration, cooling, heating, intelligence, origins as a reptile, and evolution into their current forms.
From pages 121 to near the end, the subject matter switches to one of 80 North American (U.S. and Canada) based families. The average length of a section is about six pages. So it's a reference guide rather than a definitive resource. If you love cardinals, for example, you will probably prefer a more specialized book in that direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mikegcrawley@aol.com on 24 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
A companion to Sibley's "The North American Bird Guide, this is a great book in its own right and is superbly illustrated by the highly talented David Sibley.
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By P on 28 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I asked for this text to help with my research but I was disappointed with some of the information in the species accounts section as I found some parts out-dated and inaccurate. The general introduction to avian biology, form and function is good but I feel more specialist texts on the species included would be of more help to the ornithologist wising to get a better grasp of species-specific bird behaviour. The diagrams of bird behaviours are very good however. I would use this in conjunction with more expert publications.
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Format: Hardcover
A superb and extensive look at the life and behaviour of birds. This book is based on North American birds but a lot of what is covered is applicable to species around the world. Full of beatiful illustrations and comprehensive information, I would reccomend this to anyone interested in birds, especially the birds of North America.
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By Michael's teacher on 3 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
This appears to be the most comprehensive reference book on birds available. Although it covers birds of North America there very little that doesn't apply to birds across the rest of the world.
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