By DK Publishing

ISBN-10: 0756658683

ISBN-13: 9780756658687

Masking 580 species present in the U.S. and Canada west of the one centesimal Meridian, the American Museum of ordinary historical past Birds of North the US Western Region is the single advisor to exploit a completely built-in photographic method of profile the intense variety of birds quite often noticeable west around the nice Plains and West Coast.

Ideal for birdwatchers and chook fans of all ages, and together with info on habit, nesting, and habitat, the American Museum of typical heritage Birds of North the United States Western Region contains detailed sections on species stumbled on in simple terms within the Southwest and for species which are unusual or quite constrained in distribution.

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B. nigricans (WESTERN) (W B. b. hrota (EASTERN) A small-billed, dark, stocky sea goose, the Brant winters on both the east and west coasts of North America. There are two subspecies in the US (three overall)—the pale-bellied “Atlantic” Brant (B. b. hrota), found in the east, and the darker “black” Brant (B. b. nigricans), in the west. In addition, there is an intermediate gray-bellied form that winters in the Puget Sound region along the Washington State coast. Unlike other North American geese, the Brant feeds mainly on eelgrass in winter.

34 larger overall smaller overall lighter brown upperparts Length 121⁄2–151⁄2in (32–40cm) Wingspan 191⁄2–231⁄2 in (50–60cm) Weight 16–23oz (450 – 650g) Social Winter flocks Lifespan Up to 8 years Status Secure DATE SEEN WHERE NOTES 33 GAMEBIRDS Order Galliformes Family Phasianidae Species Lagopus lagopus Willow Ptarmigan reddish brown body red comb white between eye and black bill black tail ADULT (WINTER) black bill black bill all-white body rich reddish brown body IN FLIGHT lacks red comb MALE (SUMMER) ADULT (WINTER) yellow-brown body dark, scaly bars white belly FEMALE (SUMMER) feathered feet MALE (SUMMER) FLIGHT: strong, rapid wing beats before gliding; prefers to walk.

42 black head, neck, and bill white chin strap HEAVY GRAZER Grass is the major component of this goose’s diet. 8 –3kg) Social Flocks Lifespan Up to 22 years Status Secure DATE SEEN WHERE NOTES 39 WATERFOWL Order Anseriformes Family Anatidae Snow Goose dark flight feathers Species Anser caerulescens elongated, white head gray bill blackish brown back gray upperparts pale wing feathers ADULT (BLUE) dark belly pale underparts gray legs and feet gray wing patch black patch on long bill long neck IMMATURE (BLUE FORM) ADULT (BLUE FORM) ADULT (WHITE) white upperparts gray-brown all over IN FLIGHT grayish legs IMMATURE (WHITE FORM) ADULT (WHITE FORM) pink legs FLIGHT: direct, strong flight with moderate wing beats in either V-shaped or bunched flocks.

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