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The ROM Field Guide to Birds of Ontario [Paperback]

Janice M. Hughes
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April 24 2001
This unique publication, produced in association with the Royal Ontario Museum, is the guide Ontario birders have been waiting for…

The ROM Field Guide to Birds of Ontario is researched and written specifically for the Ontario bird watcher. It is the most authoritative, easy to use, and beautifully designed guide to Ontario birds available.

This landmark publication features:

• Detailed and clearly written descriptions of more than 300 migrant and resident Ontario bird species and accidentals, including notes on Appearance, Voice, Habitat and Behaviour, and Status.
• Close to 400 stunning full-colour photographs from Canada’s top wildlife photographers, carefully selected for quick and easy identification in the field.
• Over 300 easy-to-read colour distribution maps, showing summer and winter ranges and breeding grounds.
• Handy page-per-species format, with photo, description, and range map all in one place.
• Glossary, Checklist of Ontario Birds, and Index.

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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


“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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied customer Sept. 1 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Bird Watching In Ontario, Canada June 30 2013
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This field guide to the birds of Ontario is very good, detailed, and chock-full of illustrations. A must-have for any birder, looking for more information than the casual viewer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Field Guide Feb. 24 2012
This is a very nice field guide. Very comprehensive. Good for anyone interested in birds. Lots of nice pictures and maps with a whole bunch of information.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Identifier Book Nov. 9 2008
By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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