Review: Owls by Taylor

Cover of BookMy Burrowing owl information quest continues. This time it’s another library book that is a beautifully illustrated overview of owls. Not comprehensive in scope or content but a nice addition to any owl book library. The index includes scientific name and some common groupings such as barn owls, but not by every common name. Only 41 species are included in the accounts. Range is described but there are no species specific maps. Almost half of the book is information relating to owls in general how they are put together and how they live. This is a solid resource, look for it used on Amazon if you want an overview. It looks like this author put together another book about owls: “Owls: A Guide to Every Species in the World” I don’t own it and my library doesn’t. Guess I’ll just have to use Interlibrary Loan.

Owls
by Marianne Taylor
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury (2012)
ISBN-10: 1408155532
ISBN-13: 978-1408155530
Oboler Library: QL 696 .S8 T39 2012

“…divided into two main sections. The first section looks at owls in general, with chapters covering broad owl attributes, sense, hunting behaviour and techniques, habitat, breeding biology, conservation issues and finally the long and sometimes troubled relationship between humans and owls. The second section presents detailed individual accounts for owl species found in North America and Eurasia” – page 7

Contents:
Introduction
1. What makes an owl?
2. Owl senses
3. Hunting
4. A place to live
5. Courtship and nesting
6. From egg to adult
7. Threats and conservation
8. Owls and people
9. Owls of the world
Glossary
Introduction to the Species Accounts (41 species accounts pages 98-219)
References
Picture credits
Index
Acknowledgements

Still no answer about how Burrowing owls survive the winter.  I’ll keep looking.  Yes I know, after all I am a reference librarian and I can probably find the article to answer the question super quick, but I’m interested in the process and what books and then articles will tell me.  – Jenny


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