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Owls of North America

Frances Backhouse.
Publisher Firefly  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 11 x 8.5 x 0.65 inches
ISBN 9781770852327
Pages/Publication Date 215/2008
Daedalus Item Code 73839
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"From ancient myth to Harry Potter, owls hold an enduring place in the human imagination," Frances Backhouse notes in this celebration of these superbly adapted birds of prey, seen here in 70 color photos—many of them full-page portraits. Also the author of Woodpeckers of North America, Backhouse here explores the general anatomy of the owl, including features of their eyesight, hearing, and wing structure, as well as their mating behaviors, nesting and rearing chicks, feeding habits, and communication displays. She then provides detailed profiles and range maps for the 23 species found in North America, from the tiny elf owl to the great gray owl.

"Backhouse clearly has a unique talent for environmental writing. Her smooth style belies the tremendous synthesis of the substantial and complex scientific material she has reviewed in preparing for this book.... This is exactly the kind of book one would (or should) find in all Nature or Environmental Education Centers.... The topics offered reflect the key aspects of owl ecology, and flow nicely from start to finish.... The fundamental strength of the book is the way it incorporates much more information on the ecological aspects of the owls, and presents this in more depth.... The choice of chapter topics, components in the species profiles, and overall flow of the book are clearly well thought out. Likewise, the 70-plus photographs were chosen and placed with care, so that they not only convey a nice image of an owl, but also emphasize the associated message in the text."—Journal of the British Ornithologists' Union

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