Birds of Prey of the World by Robin Chittenden

By Robin Chittenden

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Some of the main awesome and awe-inspiring predators in the world, the raptors, or birds of prey have captivated us for hundreds of years. This Golden advisor from St. Martin's Press bargains a desirable examine those awesome birds.

* Covers all raptors, together with hawks, eagles, vultures, falcons, and owls
* searching concepts, migration, habitats, and more
* Wings, eyesight, and different awesome adaptations

Includes easy-to-understand and concise textual content, besides lovely full-color illustrations of the global species of raptors.

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The breeding adult is illustrated. Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Phalaropes) Size: 17” Season: Winter along Pacific coast Habitat: Coastal wetlands, farmlands Also known as the Hudsonian Curlew, the Whimbrel is a large shorebird with a very long, decurved bill. It is overall graybrown, and paler beneath with barring. The head has a dark eye stripe and cap, with a pale central crown–stripe, and the legs are dark gray. The plumages in all seasons are similar. The Whimbrel forages singly or in small groups, probing or picking with its long, sensitive bill, searching for invertebrates and coaxing fiddler crabs from their burrows.

Voice is a harsh squawk. The breeding adult is illustrated. indd 39 11/9/11 11:27 AM Herring Gull, Larus argentatus GULLS, TERNS Family Laridae (Gulls, Terns) Size: 25” Season: Winter Habitat: Wetlands, coastal beaches, fields The widespread Herring Gull occurs across the North American continent. It is a large, relatively thin, white-headed gull with a pale gray back and white underparts. The bill is thick and yellow, with a reddish spot at the tip of the lower mandible. The primaries are black with white-spotted tips.

To forage, it strides along to pick small prey from the water or vegetation, and it may voice a strident, barking kek! in alarm. Stilts are also known to perform the broken wing or broken leg act to distract predators. The adult male is illustrated. indd 31 11/9/11 11:27 AM Greater Yellowlegs, SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES Tringa melanoleuca Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Phalaropes) Size: 14” Season: Winter Habitat: Marshes The Greater Yellowlegs is sometimes called the “tell-tale” bird, acting as the sentinel of a flock by raising an alarm when danger is near, flying off and circling to return.

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