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Nature Birdwatching Guides

Woodland Birds of North America

A Guide to Observing, Understanding and Conservation

by (author) Scott Leslie

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2008
Birdwatching Guides
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2008
    List Price

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The variety of woodlands is vast and birds of many types are covered in the book. With their ecological niches located on three levels, from on the ground to the tops of trees and everywhere in between, woodland birds can be a little more challenging to observe than those that live in open habitats such as wetlands and grasslands. Because birds in these environments are difficult to spot, numerous photos provide birders with a valuable resource.
In this comprehensive, fully illustrated guide, photographer and naturalist Scott Leslie profiles some of the most common species that birders may observe, including wrens, flycatchers, jays, chickadees, and ravens. The book provides a cross-section of nearly 100 key species that make the woods home. The only bird book of its kind to be based on woodland ecosystems, it features an in-depth profile for each species that includes sections on habitat, appearance, behaviour, food, migration, sounds, family life, related species, the latest scientific information on conservation, and a range map. A unique feature among bird guides, species that are threatened are accompanied by an additional map that details conservation status for every state, province, and territory on the continent.
Also included are chapters on woodland bird habitats and the conservation challenges faced by woodland birds. Guides to selected important habitats in the United States and Canada and to bird conservation organizations round out the book. The book features full-colour photographs in a format that fits conveniently into a large pocket or a day pack.

About the author

SCOTT LESLIE is an award-winning photographer and author of five books including Bay of Fundy: A Natural Portrait, Woodland Birds of North America and Wetland Birds of North America. His writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, Harrowsmith, Scuba Diving, EarthKeeper and Canadian Wildlife. He has won an Atlantic Journalism Award twice, was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2005 and is a category winner of the Nature's Best International Wildlife Photography Competition.

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