Birds of Ontario: Habitat Requirements, Limiting Factors, and Status
392 pages, 8 1/2 x 10
80 maps, 84 drawings of birds
Hardcover
Release Date:01 Jun 2010
ISBN:9780774817622
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Release Date:01 Jan 2011
ISBN:9780774817646
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Birds of Ontario: Habitat Requirements, Limiting Factors, and Status

Volume 2–Nonpasserines: Shorebirds through Woodpeckers

By Al Sandilands; Illustrated by Ross James
UBC Press

The volumes in the Birds of Ontario series summarize life history requirements of bird species that are normally part of the ecology of Ontario. This is the second volume in the series and completes the treatment of the nonpasserine bird species occurring in Ontario on a regular basis. Information on habitat, limiting factors, and status is summarized for 83 species in this volume. These topics are covered for the three primary avian seasons: breeding, migration, and winter. Habitat, nest sites, territoriality, site fidelity, annual reproductive effort, habitat loss and degradation, environmental contaminants, and a variety of other topics are covered in the species accounts. Maps depicting breeding and wintering range are presented for most species along with drawings by Ross James.

Literature on the life history of birds is abundant and knowledge continues to grow. But there are few reference works that compile this information so it is readily available without conducting extensive literature searches. Birds of Ontario is an essential reference source for wildlife biologists, environmental consultants, and planners preparing or reviewing environmental impact statements and environmental assessments. Serious birders will find the volumes of interest as well. Although the books focus on Ontario birds, the information is highly relevant to adjacent provinces and states.

This is an essential reference for wildlife biologists, environmental consultants, planners, and serious birders not only in Ontario but also in adjacent provinces and states in Canada and the US.

Praise for the first volume: Without a doubt, this volume will be a valuable resource that summarizes current and past scientific literature on habitat requirements, limiting factors, status, migration, and seasonal issues at a level of rigor and detail much higher than that found in most field identification guides ... Knowledge of bird ecology is becoming increasingly important to resource managers, and for this reason alone this book is very timely. Rob Rempel, Quarterly Review of Biology
Without a doubt, this volume will be a valuable resource that summarizes current and past scientific literature on habitat requirements, limiting factors, status, migration, and seasonal issues at a level of rigor and detail much higher than that found in most field identification guides ... Knowledge of bird ecology is becoming increasingly important to resource managers, and for this reason alone this book is very timely. Rob Rempel, Quarterly Review of Biology
Praise for the first volume: Sandilands has done a very thorough job of researching information ... A tremendous amount of material is summarized in the species accounts, and it is presented in a well-written style. I strongly recommend this book and future volumes in the series. Ron Tozer, Ontario Birds

Al Sandilands is an environmental consultant employed by his own firm, Gray Owl Environmental Inc. His formal learning focused on fisheries and aquatic entomology but, through his long-time interest in birds, he evolved into a wildlife biologist.

Ross James, an ornithologist by profession, has pursued bird illustration for more than forty years. He grew up in and currently resides in rural Ontario where daily contact with the natural world continues to inspire his interest in art and illustration.

Al Sandilands is an environmental consultant employed by his own firm, Gray Owl Environmental Inc.

INTRODUCTION

Scope and Sources of Information

Format of the Species Accounts

Future Research

SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden-Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Killdeer

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet

Lesser Yellowlegs

Upland Sandpiper

Eskimo Curlew

Whimbrel

Hudsonian Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot

Sanderling

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Baird’s Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Dunlin

Stilt Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Ruff

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Snipe

American Woodcock

Wilson’s Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Bonaparte’s Gull

Little Gull

Franklin’s Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Iceland Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Glaucous Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Caspian Tern

Black Tern

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

Forster’s Tern

Parasitic Jaeger

Black Guillemot

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Black-billed Cuckoo

Barn Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl

Great Horned Owl

Snowy Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

Barred Owl

Great Gray Owl

Long-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Boreal Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Common Nighthawk

Chuck-will’s-widow

Whip-poor-will

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

American Three-toed Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Literature Cited

Index to Common and Scientific Bird Names

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