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Book Review: Bird Behavior by John Kricher

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Sep 25, 2020 | by Adrian Binns

Peterson Reference Guide to BIRD BEHAVIOR by John Kricher [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020]

Birds are fascinating, and they are found everywhere. No matter where you go, you will most likely find a bird. The more we look, the more we see. We start to notice not only a bird’s physicality (color, shape, size, etc.), but movements and behaviors. The diversity of species and individual behaviors is vast, and the quest to understand why birds do what they do is a unique and rewarding endeavor.

The newly-published Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior, by John Kricher, provides great information and explanation of avian activities, and encourages thoughtful, in-depth study of these amazing animals.

Reaching beyond species identification, the book explores the function and meaning behind North American bird behaviors. From anatomy, physiology, and social interaction, to nesting, molt, migration, and more, each chapter is interesting, insightful, and easy to read. How do Snow Buntings keep warm on cold winter nights? Why are some Northern Cardinals bald-headed? Why do some ‘Yellow-shafted’ Northern Flickers in the east, appear to have ‘red-shafted’ wing feathers?

Kricher introduces readers of all levels, from casual to serious birders, to various elements of bird behavior, and the ecological and evolutionary bases for them. You’ll come away with a greater understanding and appreciation of the avian world.

Featuring excellent photographs and refreshingly readable text, the Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior is an outstanding and must-have addition to the collection of birders and naturalists alike.

Join John Kricher’s Bird Behavior Webinar on  Wednesday September 30, 2020 at 7pm

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