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Raptors of Eastern North America:
The Wheeler Guides
Brian K. Wheeler

Winner of the 2003 Best Bird Book - North America, Worldtwitch

Paperback | 2003 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691134765
Hardcover | 2003 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691115986


Raptors of Eastern North America--together with its companion volume, Raptors of Western North America--are the best and most thorough guides to North American hawks, eagles, and other raptors ever published. Abundantly illustrated with hundreds of full-color high-quality photographs, they are essential books for anyone seeking to identify these notoriously tricky-to-identify birds.

The Wheeler Guides will help birders and biologists navigate the pitfalls of raptor identification, including raptors' often extreme variation by age and sex as well as the existence of numerous "confusion" species. The plumage section discusses more plumage variations--and in greater consistency, depth, and clarity--than any previously published guide. The text--informed by years of study and consultation with local, state, provincial, and regional experts--covers all aspects of raptor biology in an easy-to-read and consistent format. It provides the most up-to-date information available on status and distribution, taking into account the recent alteration of some species' ranges due to pesticide bans and introduction programs. The range maps--which include "city" plotting--are the most accurate and largest ever produced for North American raptors.


"These two books are major contributions to the literature of North American vultures and Falconiform raptors. . . . [B]oth Wheeler books should be owned by every hawk watcher and raptor biologist."--Donald S. Heintzelman, International Hawkwatcher

"[These are] publications that go beyond the coverage of other field guides. . . . [A]n important addition to your library."--Deb Dowdell, New Jersey Audubon

"Let me begin by saying this is a wonderful book. . . . This is easily the best photographic-style guide I have seen and is a real testament to the autho''s dedication. Thus it is the most thorough guide to this group of North American birds you can purchase. The full-color, superb photographs alone are worth the price of the book."--Roy John, The Canadian Field Naturalist

"[T]his a wonderful book. . . . [I]t is the most thorough guide to this group of North American birds you can purchase."--Roy John, Canadian Field-Naturalist

"The new Wheeler guides are, by far, the best guides for field identification and general reference for North American raptors that I have seen. The photos are both plentiful and stunning. . . . The new Wheeler guides, like the birds they elucidate and display, are gems for us all. They are well worth having."--Donald Sweig, Audubon Naturalist News

"I highly recommend these two superb references for the serious hawkwatcher."--Ron Pittaway, Ontario Birds

"Recognized as one, if not the best, photographic-style bird guides available, the Wheeler guides help birders identify numerous confusing species. Serious hawk watchers should have both of these guides."--Wildlife Activist


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