First printing. Very good hardcover in dust jacket. Price-clipped dust jacket protected by mylar wrapper. This is an absorbing guide through the main topics of ornithology. Your recognition skills will be improved and your enjoyment deepened by an understanding of how and why birds are studied, how they evolved, their anatomy, flight, voice, reproduction, hatching, migration, winter habits, and distribution. Full of useful facts, but also stimulating in its emphasis on why birds behave as they do, and how they fit into their widely varying environments. Over 100 illustrations, anatamical diagrams, depictions of courtship displays, and migration maps.