By Todd Telander
Birds of Arizona is a box consultant to the a hundred and eighty most typical and sought-after species within the nation. comfortably sized to slot in your pocket and that includes full-color, specified illustrations, this informative guide makes it effortless to spot birds on your yard, favourite parks, and natural world parts.
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The head is patterned with a white ear patch and chin, a dark malar patch, and a large black eye. The underside in flight is marked with dark inner wing coverts and axillar (armpit) feathers. Prairie Falcons attack small animals on the ground from a perch or after aerial pursuit. The adult is illustrated. indd 25 2/7/12 10:29 AM RAILS, COOTS Sora, Porzana carolina Family Rallidae (Rails, Coots) Size: 9" Season: Winter in southern Arizona; summer in northern Arizona Habitat: Marshes, meadows The Sora is a small, short-tailed, chicken-shaped rail with long, thin toes.
The head is all black, and there is a hint of red at the gape. The tern’s nonbreeding plumage is lighter gray above and all white below, with a white head except for black around the eye and at the rear of the crown. Black Terns fly low over the water or circle and hover, dropping down to capture insects, fish, and invertebrates. They do not plunge-dive like other terns. The breeding adult is illustrated. indd 33 2/7/12 10:29 AM PIGEONS, DOVES Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri Family Laridae (Gulls, Terns) Size: 14" Season: Year-round Habitat: Coastal areas, lakes, marshes The Forster’s Tern is a medium-size tern with no crest and a relatively long, pointed orange bill with a black tip.
The adult is illustrated. 5" Season: Year-round in southern Arizona; summer elsewhere Habitat: Open grasslands and plains The Burrowing Owl is a ground-dwelling owl that lives in burrows vacated by ground squirrels and other rodents. It is small and flatheaded and has a short tail and long legs. Plumage is brown spotted with white above and extensively barred brown and white below. The owl has a white chin and throat and bright yellow eyes. Burrowing Owls can be seen day or night perched on the ground or on a post, scanning for insects and small rodents.
Birds of Arizona: A Falcon Field Guide [tm] by Todd Telander