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Peterson Reference Guide to Molt in North American Birds Hardcover – May 20 2010
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About the Author
STEVE N. G. HOWELL has written more than six books and two hundred papers and book reviews on birds, including Hummingbirds of North America, A Bird-finding Guide to Mexico, and A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America. He has been affiliated with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory for twenty years and is currently a senior birding tour leader for WINGS, Inc.
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The book is profusely illustrated with high quality photographs illustrating all the molt features discussed in the text. This greatly enhances the clarity of the points being made, and makes it much easier to go out and observe these features in the field.
The only minor criticism I have is with the slightly cumbersome referencing system. References are cited as superscript numbers in the text. Once you have the number, you go to the end of the chapter to get the author last name and year of publication, then you have to go to the bibliography at the end of the book to get the full reference. Most readers won't even notice it, but I'm a bit of a reference junkie. This minor issue is more than offset by a several things that enhance the quality and usefulness of the book. First, there are no typographical errors anywhere (at least that I could find in a normal careful reading). The page numbers and taxa being discussed appear on the lower corners of the pages, making it very easy to look things up or to just thumb through the book to find particular sections. And for the bibliophile, I'm happy to say the quality of the paper, printing, and binding is excellent.
This is definitely the most thorough, scholarly, yet completely accessible book on molt ever written and would be a worthy addition to any birder's library.
Howell continues to take avid birders to a new level.
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