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Birds of Ontario (Vol. 1) Hardcover – Jun 30 1985

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  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Natural Heritage; First Edition edition (June 30 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920474381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920474389
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.3 x 24.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #345,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This extensive and long overdue work of reference covers all of the bird species, more than 400 of which have been recorded in the province of Ontario. Birds of Ontario contains an identification and description of all species, with 344 outstanding colour plates. Anyone with even a casual interest in birds will find the colour plates and informative text of considerable interest. This volume contains a list of all the birds identified in Ontario up to the end of 1983, with the common and scientific names given by the American Ornithologists' Union 1983 Check-list as arranged in that work.

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Robert Bateman, OC, OBC is a Canadian naturalist and painter, born in Toronto, Ontario.

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A great but not essential resource Jan. 18 2004
By K Scheffler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is one hefty tome, being the result of decades of birding and a monumental amount of compiling. Birds of Ontario lists every known (wild) bird to have been observed in the province of Ontario and privides information concerning identification, measurements, and seasonal residency. For migrating birds, average and earliest/last arrival/departure date is provided based on observations by naturalist clubs and individual researchers. For the common birds of Ontario a grid-marked map of the province is provided for Christmas Bird Counts and Breeding Bird Surveys; the former lists (per grid) the average number of birds observed per 100 party-hours, while the latter the average number per 50 stops. Both are based on information collected between 1968 and 1977. Given this, and the fact that the book was published in 1985, suggests that the information could be now dated considering the amount of habitat destruction that has occurred since then, not to mention other ecologically-related matters. For the average birder, this book is not necessarily essential--especially for $150--but if you are fortunate enough as I was to come across one cheap, it is certainly a useful volume to add to one's library.