North American Hummingbirds: An Identification Guide by George C. WestNorth American Hummingbirds: An Identification Guide by George C. West

North American Hummingbirds: An Identification Guide

byGeorge C. West

Paperback | November 15, 2015

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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.

George C. West is a zoologist who is an expert on the physiology and ecology of birds. He is a professor emeritus of zoophysiology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the author of more than one hundred scientific papers, as well as the coauthor of Do Hummingbirds Hum? Fascinating Answers to Questions about Hummingbirds and other...
Title:North American Hummingbirds: An Identification GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.75 × 4.52 × 0.63 inPublished:November 15, 2015Publisher:University of New Mexico PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826337678

ISBN - 13:9780826337672


Editorial Reviews

"In this beautiful book George West explains simply and clearly how to identify species, age, and sex of hummingbirds. He shares with us the knowledge and images garnered from years of studying, banding, photographing, and drawing these tiny, beautiful, and charismatic acrobats of the avian world."--Jean Palumbo, Northern Arizona University