Raptor: The Curious Nature of Diurnal Birds of Prey
Keith l. Bildstein has watched and studied raptors on five continents and is well prepared to explain their critical importance, not only as ecological entities but also as inspirational tokens across natural and human-dominated landscapes. Hard ornithological science is made fun and easy reading on these pages, and numerous charts, maps, and tables add to the interest. Each chapter ends with " Synthesis and Conclusions," both simplifying and reinforcing the information presented on the previous pages. His book offers a comprehensive and accessible account of raptors, including their evolutionary history, their relationships to other groups of birds, their sensory abilities, their general natural history, their breeding ecology and feeding behavior, and threats to their survival in a human-dominated world. Raptors is a biologically sound, non-technical overview of this captivating group. It will allow naturalists, birders, hawk-watchers, science educators, schoolchildren, and the general public, along with new students in the field of raptor biology, to understand and appreciate these birds and, in so doing, to better protect them.
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