A comprehensive review of all thirty-one species of diurnal raptors that breed in the United States and Canada. This grouping includes the accipiters, buteos, eagles, kites, harriers, the osprey, the caracara, and falcons.
In his thorough style, Johnsgard presents the evolutionary history and the morphological features of this diverse group. Johnsgard also discusses the conservation of these magnificent predators, since hawks, eagles, and falcons are among the wildlife that suffered most from use of DDT and other pesticides in the decades after World War II.
Johnsgard gives a detailed account of each of he thirty-one species. He delineates its range and subspecies and provides a complete technical description, including identifying characteristics to aid birders with field study, a survey of habitats, food and foraging ecology, social behavior, breeding biology, and conservation status.
In addition to range maps, full-page figures, and numerous sketches, the book is handsomely illustrated by thirty-nine color plates, including thirty-seven photographs and two paintings. An appendix provides field identification views and anatomical drawings. Other appendices supply a systematic key for identifying the species, an account of the origins of their scientific and vernacular names, andd a glossary of technical terms. Near Fine Hardcover in near fine condition with very good dust jacket. Dust jacket has one small tear at the head of the spine that has been taped.