By Simon Barnes

Few books are extra intimidating than a traditional box consultant. There are just too many birds in them. This booklet introduces the reader to Britain's most evident birds. however it does greater than that: it additionally explains them. It explains the way in which assorted birds do various things, consume various nutrition, sing diversified songs and reside assorted lives, and it explains why they're diverse. while you're a would-be birdwatcher yet don't recognize the place to begin, a nasty birdwatcher's spouse is for you. it's going to assist you comprehend birdwatching; yet, way more vital, it's going to assist you start to comprehend birds.

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It may also perch on poles or on the ground. Its head seems large for its body, and it has a long neck and long legs. It is an overall dark bird with a white neck, black cap, and large, hooked bill. The face has a large patch of reddish bare skin. In flight the white wing tips and tail are distinctive. This tropical falcon is rare in the United States and was once a threatened species here. The illustration shows an adult. American Kestrel, Falco sparverius Family Falconidae (Falcons) Size: 10” Season: Year-round in Florida Habitat: Branches or wires in open country, urban areas Our most common falcon, the American Kestrel, is a tiny, robinsize falcon with long, pointed wings and tail and fast flight.

The illustration shows an adult. 5” Season: Year-round in Florida Habitat: Wooded areas or parks, places where cavity-bearing trees exist The Eastern Screech Owl is a small, big-headed, eared owl with a short tail and bright yellow eyes. The highly camouflaged plumage ranges from reddish to brown to gray, depending on the region, but the red form is most common in the East. It is darker above, streaked and barred below. The ear tufts may be drawn back to give a rounded head appearance, and the bill is grayish-green tipped with white.

The Mourning Dove pecks on the ground for seeds and grains, and walks with quick, short steps while bobbing its head. Flight is strong and direct, and the wings create a whistle as the bird takes off. Its voice is a mournful, owl-like cooing. It is usually solitary or found in small groups, but may form large flocks where food is abundant. The illustration shows an adult. 5” Season: Year-round in Florida Habitat: Human-altered environments, pastures, rooftops PIGEONS, DOVES The Eurasian Collared-Dove was introduced to the United States from Europe and is gradually increasing its numbers here.

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