Illustrated by David Allen Sibley
Hardcover: 587 pages
For the hundreds of thousands of birders for whom The Sibley Guide to Birds--unanimously praised when it was published a year ago, and a nationwide best-seller--is already basic equipment, this new book will be required reading. Authoritative and comprehensive, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior provides the necessary information about the biology, life cycles, and behavior (courtship, nest-building, migration, feeding, and other activities) of the 80 bird families of North America.
For the new volume, Sibley has provided more than 796 full-color paintings to illustrate the essays and family chapters written by 44 ornithologists and expert birders. Together, the pictures, text, and Sibley's lucid design and all-encompassing attention to detail make The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior as spectacular and as useful as its brilliant predecessor.
Introductory essays outline the principles of avian evolution, life cycle, body structure, flight dynamics, and more. The 80 family-by-family chapters describe the amazing range of behavior dictated by birds’ biology and environment.