Whether soaring or perched, diurnal birds of prey often present challenging identification problems for the bird enthusiast. Variable plumage, color morphs, and unique individual characteristics are just some of the factors bird watchers must consider when identifying the different species. In this authoritative reference, two of the world's top experts on raptors provide an essential guide to the variations in the species, allowing for easier recognition of key identification points. All the distinguishing marks described have been exhaustively tested in a wide range of field conditions by the authors as well as the colleagues and students who have learned from them.
The only complete photographic guide to North American diurnal birds of prey
Includes all species, common and rare
Written by well-known experts
Contains 365 photographs, each with an explanatory caption and supporting text describing all 43 species of diurnal raptors found in North America
Features 14 discussions of specific problems in practical identification
Complete set showing every plumage
Raptor I.D. problem section showing similar species side by side