This guide teaches birders to use the characteristics of wing types and feather morphology to identify feathers--not only by species but also by their place on the birdís body.
The introductory chapters give a detailed overview of the feather--how feathers developed, the parts of a single feather, and the variety of types of feathers on a bird. The feather identification section explains how to use feather type and shape as well as color to identify the species a particular feather came from. Richly illustrated, nearly 500 color photographs show feather samples from 379 bird species from all over North America. Along with the wing type of the species and a color map showing its range, several types of feathers are included for each bird; each feather is labeled with its type and its size.
About the Authors:
S. David Scott has been working as an environmental educator since 2003, focusing on ecology and wildlife behavior. He lives in the Seattle area.
Casey McFarland is a wildlife tracker and a tracking instructor and evaluator through Cybertracker International.