Basic Texas Birds: A Field Guide by Mark W. Lockwood

By Mark W. Lockwood

Discovering all of the birds in Texas could be a lifetime pursuit. uncomplicated Texas Birds, an easy-to-use box advisor, might help you determine over one hundred eighty species of birds which are chanced on around the nation, together with a variety of the rarer "Texas specialties" that draw birders to Texas from worldwide. those are the birds that shape the foundation of a birder's lifestyles record for Texas.

Basic Texas Birds is geared up by means of chook households to help in selecting any chicken you spot within the wild. it really is loaded with assets, including:

- 2 hundred full-color, close-up photographs of the birds

- state of the art variety maps—the such a lot actual of any at present available—that exhibit each one species' distribution in the state

- up to date species money owed that supply a wealth of present and ancient details, together with each one bird's visual appeal, habitat, prestige, and distribution, and that still determine comparable species

- A word list of phrases utilized in chicken identification

- an inventory of chosen readings for studying extra approximately birds present in Texas

- The Texas Ornithological Society's checklist of birds documented in Texas

Much less complicated for opting for universal birds than a finished kingdom or nationwide box consultant, simple Texas Birds is a must have source for either starting and skilled birders.

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ID Uniquely patterned. Small, stocky goose, largely dark silver-grey, with black chin, throat and foreneck, white head, face, hindneck and tail. Head rather rounded with high forecrown; white head plumage may become stained rusty-orange in summer. Young have grey neck and head and entire plumage has rounded pale fringes, affording scalloped pattern as in young grey geese, though entirely blue-grey. In flight, all-dark, grey wings, blackish rump and white tail unique. ; eyes black; legs and feet bright orange.

Flanks barred black. In winter, sports orange-rufous ‘whiskers’ and ‘beard’.  paler, face and breast markings less clearly defined; has ‘whiskers’ and only a small black belly patch. Flanks barred brown. BP Bill short, arched, grey; eyes mid-brown; legs dull yellow-ochre. Vo Poorly documented. Harsh metallic creaking calls and accelerating series of harsh, rasping notes: rex rex rex. 90g. SD Breeds from Lake Baikal to Japan, wintering south to NE India and S China. In E Asia, summers across NE China, adjacent N Korea, Russian Far East to Sakhalin, and N Japan.

Vo Deep guttural calls usually given in morning, also low clucks, chuckles and a shrill squeal. Audible wing-whirring display. 015kg. SD Endemic to Taiwan. Monotypic. HH Only in high mountains, 1,600–3,300m. Prefers shady, dense forest (evergreen broadleaf and coniferous), but also secondary forest, scrub and bamboo. ID  elegant, long-tailed (49–53cm). Almost entirely steely blue-black with deep blue scallops on mantle, scapulars and rump, and prominent white wingbar on otherwise blue-black wings, and narrower white tips to secondaries and tertials.

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