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The ROM Field Guide to Birds of Ontario Paperback – Apr 24 2001


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (April 24 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771076509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771076503
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This sturdy Royal Ontario Museum field guide to the 473 officially recorded Ontario birds is thorough yet compact enough to slip into a backpack pocket. Organized taxonomically by genus and species, it gives each bird a single page, with a description of appearance, voice, habitat, behaviour, and status (abundance or rarity), as well as a clear colour photo. For the birdwatcher, pro or novice, it's an essential collection. From gaviiformes, or loons (the common loon, with its haunting cry, is Ontario's provincial bird), to passeriformes, or perching birds (more than half of Ontario species), this guide offers the marvellous richness of the province's avian menagerie. A concise introduction discusses bird identification, habitats, and bird "seasons" and includes a full page of Internet sources. The guide concludes with a handy glossary and a birder's checklist.

Hughes is a fount of little-known facts about birds: most land bird migration occurs at night, the elaborate courtship displays of the sharp-tailed grouse have been incorporated into many Native people's ceremonial dances, a diving peregrine falcon can reach a speed of 360 kilometres per hour. She also has a sense of humour, noting that the call of the large primeval-looking pileated woodpecker is used as stock background noise in old jungle movies. For lovers of cranes, grebes, swifts, tanagers, vireos, and all the other winged creatures in our midst, this is an excellent and enjoyable collection. --Mark Frutkin

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“A must-have for beginning bird-watchers and a delight for seasoned ones. … Superb.”
The Record (Kitchener)

“Excellent photographs. … A very worthwhile addition to a birder’s library.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Much more detail for each bird species. … [The] maps are a great boon.”
The Muskokan

“Very pleasing to the eye and easy to read. … Would I recommend the ROM guide as a ‘must buy’? Yes, I would.”
The Kingston Field Naturalist

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Lapointe on Sept. 1 2013
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This guide contained detailed descriptions and multiple pictures of all of Ontario's birds, as well as helpful range maps for each species. I recommend this field guide to any wildlife enthusiast.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 9 2008
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I use this book often because it has really clear colour photos of the birds which helps me to identify them easily. It has over 400 pages and on each page is a specific bird with sections describing appearance, voice, habitat, behaviour, and current status. Each page also has the map of Ontario shaded to show the bird's range. The book is colour coded into sections based on species.

The habitat and behaviour info is brief but helpful (more info would be nice).

I recommend this book if you're interested in birds from Ontario - it saves flipping through pages of birds that don't reside here and the colour photos help with the identification.
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I've owned a copy of this guide for years. I purchased a second one for my 93 year old mother who is also a bird watcher. The coloured photographs, clear, detailed despcriptions with maps on the same page all make it a valuable, easy to use guide. What I like most however, is its focus on only Ontario birds...a real plus compared with a lot of other guides.
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This is a pretty good book.. Lots of info about each bird and colour pictures! I like that it is localized to Ontario rather than all of Canada or north America since it is the birds in my own backyard I am interested in :)
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