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Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-petrels of North America

Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-petrels of North America

Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-petrels of North America

Howell, Steve N. G.;  
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Nature > Birds & Birdwatching - General
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Petrels, albatrosses, and storm-petrels are among the most beautiful yet least known of all the world's birds, living their lives at sea far from the sight of most people. Largely colored in shades of gray, black, and white, these enigmatic and fast-flying seabirds can be hard to differentiate, particularly from a moving boat. Useful worldwide, not just in North America, this photographic guide is based on unrivaled field experience and combines insightful text and hundreds of full-color images to help you identify these remarkable birds.

The first book of its kind, this guide features an introduction that explains ocean habitats and the latest developments in taxonomy. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features such as flight manner, plumage variation related to age and molt, seasonal occurrence patterns, and migration routes. Species accounts are arranged into groups helpful for field identification, and an overview of unique identification challenges is provided for each group. The guide also includes distribution maps for regularly occurring species as well as a bibliography, glossary, and appendixes.

  • The first state-of-the-art photographic guide to these enigmatic seabirds
  • Includes hundreds of full-color photos throughout
  • Features detailed species accounts that describe flight, plumage, distribution, and more
  • Provides overviews of ocean habitats, taxonomy, and conservation
  • Offers tips on how to observe and identify birds at sea

About the Author

Steve N. G. Howell is an acclaimed field ornithologist and writer. He is an international bird tour leader with WINGS and a research associate at PRBO Conservation Science in California. His books include the "Peterson Reference Guide to Molt in North American Birds" and "Hummingbirds of North America" (Princeton).

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"No other text on the tubenoses begins to offer the material contained in Howell's latest book. The reader has a palpable sense, when reading it, that the author not only knows his subject and audience but also genuinely loves the ocean and its inhabitants--and relishes teaching people about them."--Edward S. Brinkley, author of National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America

"This is a well-written and scholarly book that will be widely used as a primary reference by a growing cadre of at-sea birders and ornithologists. Text, photos, and photo captions are excellent, at times entertaining, and very informative."--Peter Pyle, author of Identification Guide to North American Birds