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Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide


Chris Merkord

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PETRELS, ALBATROSSES, AND STORM-PETRELS OF NORTH AMERICA: A Photographic Guide, by Steve N. G. Howell, 2012. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. 520 pp., 7" x 10", 975 photos and figures, 66 maps $45.00. Cloth, ISBN: 9780691142111; eBook, ISBN: 9781400839629. Useful worldwide, not just in North America, this photographic guide is based on unrivaled field experience and combines insightful text and hundreds of full-color images to help you identify these remarkable birds. It features an introduction that explains ocean habitats and the latest developments in taxonomy. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features such as flight manner, plumage variation related to age and molt, seasonal occur­rence patterns, and migration routes. Species accounts are arranged into groups helpful for field identification, and an overview of unique identification challenges is provided for each group. The guide also includes distribution maps for regularly occurring species as well as a bibliography, glossary, and appendixes.
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