The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior
The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior published in October 2001, was conceived as the companion to the Guide to Birds and provides a wealth of detail about the nesting, mating, and other behavior.
Author: David Allen Sibley
Illustrator: David Allen Sibley
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Year of Publication: 2009
The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior published in October 2001, was conceived as the companion to the Guide to Birds. This new (2009) flexi-bound book provides a wealth of detail about the nesting, mating, and other behavior. Even though these things do not have direct application to identification, and are not included in the identification guide, these behaviors are truly fascinating, and birders enjoy knowing about them.
The plan for this book was to provide a layperson’s introduction to the most intriguing and interesting facets of the birds’ lives – emphasizing things that birders are likely to see and ask about, and things that add to a larger picture of the natural world. 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
- scientific groupings
- introduced species
- accidental species
- flight patterns
- nests and eggs
- global distribution
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.
|Dimensions||10 × 8 × 1.7 in|