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Manual of Ornithology


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Noble S. Proctor is professor of biology at Southern Connecticut State University and an internationally known ornithologist and naturalist. Patrick J. Lynch is director of biomedical media production and a lecturer in diagnostic radiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is a well-known illustrator in natural history and the medical sciences.


The aim of this book is that of an undergraduate textbook-laboratory manual combination on ornithology. A chapter on field techniques offers a crash course in bird study in the wild and presents new and important information on avian migration. The rest of the book details bird anatomy, physiology, and classification. Over 200 quality labeled drawings, many unique in their lifelike perspective, dovetail with the text, thereby serving to clarify difficult information. Suggested hands-on exercises require the examination of dead birds, affording the motivated reader practical experiences. The book provides an accurate, up-to-date, self-contained course in ornithology for the advanced lay reader. General collections would be better served by the more inclusive The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Ornithology ( LJ 12/1/91). This is recommended for academic libraries.-- Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.

"As this book demonstrates in excellently clear drawings and text, a bird is a superbly evolved match of structure with function."-Brian Bertram, Times Literary Supplement

"The book provides an accurate, up-to-date, self-contained course in ornithology for the advanced lay reader."-Library Journal

"For anyone who wants to learn more about what lies under the feathers, The Manual of Ornithology has the answers. . . . As a reference work, the manual has few modern rivals."-David Tomlinson, New Scientist

"Excellent. . . . a mine of information to anyone interested in birds at any level."-Jonathan Coatley, Journal of Biological Education

Received an honorable mention in the Biological Science category, Association of American Publishers' 1993 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division Award (AAP/PSP)

"A superb contribution to ornithology. It clearly represents the most attractive and accessible contribution to form and function in birds. This book will be of tremendous appeal to academic and lay ornithologists alike."-Steve Zack, Yale University

"Students, their instructors, and other interested readers will welcome availability of the well illustrated Manual of Ornithology now in a paperback edition."-George A. Clark, University of Connecticut

"This is a tremendous book; to say that it has no rival among laboratory manuals for ornithology is a dramatic understatement. It is clear, comprehensive, and has the most beautiful as well as useful illustrations possibly ever seen in an ornithology textbook."-Margaret Rubega, University of Connecticut

"A gold mine of facts. . . . Every library and biology department, as well as every birder, should have a copy close at hand."-Roger Tory Peterson, from the foreword

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