Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast

Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast

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Overview

The Northern California coast—from Monterey County to the Oregon border—is home to some of the richest avian habitats on the North American continent. Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast provides a comprehensive ecological overview of this extensive and diverse region. It features detailed discussions of the area's most common waterbirds, raptors, and landbirds and highlights the most productive birding sites in each Northern California coastal county.

Accessibly written and user-friendly, this guide contains nearly 250 species accounts that focus on seasonal rhythms and behavioral characteristics of each species. More than 130 color photographs and hand-drawn sketches depict the birds in context, and maps and occurrence charts indicate when readers might spot each species.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520276178
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/06/2014
Series: California Natural History Guides , #109
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 518,067
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rich Stallcup (1944-2012) was a preeminent California field ornithologist, naturalist, and conservationist. He was founder of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory and the author of many articles and books on bird identification, biogeography, and conservation.



Jules Evens is a wildlife biologist with four decades of experience observing Northern California's coastal birdlife. His previous books include The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula (UC Press, 2008) and An Introduction to California Birdlife (UC Press, 2005).

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

INTRODUCTION
Boundaries
Climate
Habitats
Taxonomy: Subspecies, Species, and Superspecies
Plumage of Birds
Dimorphism and Monomorphism
Seasons and Migration
Ethics of Birding

FAMILY AND SPECIES ACCOUNTS
Ducks, Geese, and Swans
Loons
Grebes
Albatross
Shearwaters and Fulmars
Storm-Petrels
Cormorants and Pelicans
Herons, Egrets, Bitterns, and Ibis
Vultures, Ospreys, Kites, Eagles, and Hawks
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
Shorebirds
Skuas and Jaegers
Alcids
Gulls and Terns
Gallinaceous Birds
Pigeons and Doves
Owls
Swifts
Kingfishers
Woodpeckers
Falcons
Perching Birds (Passerines)

BIRDING OPPORTUNITIES AND ROADSIDE NATURE CENTERS
Seasonal Occurrence Charts
Glossary
References
Index

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