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Product Description: At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the world, drawn by the likelihood of seeing more than three or four hundred species of birds and other animals during even a short stay...read more
By Alexander F. Skutch (foreword by)

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9780292719651 | Univ of Texas Pr, February 15, 2010, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species!

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At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the world to immerse themselves in the country's unspoiled rain forests, mountains, and beaches, drawn by the likelihood of seeing more than three or four hundred species of birds and other animals during even a short stay. To help all of these visitors and local residents identify and enjoy the wildlife of Costa Rica, this field guide presents nearly three hundred species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates. Carrol Henderson, an experienced wildlife biologist, traveler, and tour leader in Costa Rica, has chosen the species that ecotourists are most likely to see, along with a selection of rarer, sought-after animals. He gives a general introduction to each group of animals, followed by individual species accounts that highlight identification features and interesting ecological adaptations for survival. His stunning close-up photographs and distribution maps complete each entry. In addition, Henderson includes a wealth of data about Costa Rica's natural environment, as well as a trip preparation checklist and lists of conservation organizations, wildlife tourism sites, and wildlife vocalization tapes and CDs. With so much information so readily and readably accessible, this field guide will be essential for planning and enjoying your time in Costa Rica. (view table of contents)
By Steve Adams (illustrator), Carrol L. Henderson and Alexander F. Skutch (foreword by)

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9780292731288 | 1 edition (Univ of Texas Pr, March 1, 2002), cover price $95.00 | About this edition: At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species!

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9780292734593 | Univ of Texas Pr, April 1, 2002, cover price $29.95

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Product Description: Un recuento de las más significativas aves de Costa Rica, en la obra más importante Alexánder F. Skutch, botánico por formación, naturalista por vocación, filósofo por observación y ornitólogo por decisión, es sin lugar a dudas, el científico de más larga y fructífera trayectoria en el estudio de las aves de la América Central...read more

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9789977237374 | Editorial Costa Rica, January 1, 2001, cover price $18.95 | About this edition: Un recuento de las más significativas aves de Costa Rica, en la obra más importante Alexánder F.

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Product Description: Book by Skutch, Alexander F. (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Dana Gardner (illustrator) and Alexander F. Skutch

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9780806132310 | Univ of Oklahoma Pr, June 1, 2000, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: Book by Skutch, Alexander F.

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Product Description: Renowned naturalist Alexander F. Skutch 's critically acclaimed book The Minds of Birds first introduced a controversial review of bird behavior. Now, in possibly his last book on birds, he reflects on a memorable career brimmed with discovery and controversy...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780890968505 | Texas A & M Univ Pr, April 1, 1999, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Renowned naturalist Alexander F.

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Product Description: The American flycatcher is the subject of this enchanting book by a renowned ornithologist, who draws upon personal observations and extensive research to portray this family over its vast range. 16 color plates. 32 drawings.
By Dana Gardner (illustrator) and Alexander F. Skutch

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9780806129198 | Univ of Oklahoma Pr, July 1, 1997, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: The American flycatcher is the subject of this enchanting book by a renowned ornithologist, who draws upon personal observations and extensive research to portray this family over its vast range.

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9780806129495 | Univ of Oklahoma Pr, April 1, 1999, cover price $22.95 | About this edition: The American flycatcher is the subject of this enchanting book by a renowned ornithologist, who draws upon personal observations and extensive research to portray this family over its vast range.

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Product Description: In this work naturalist and ornithologist Alexander Skutch provides detailed accounts of a remarkable aspect of bird behaviour - the aid that one bird gives another who is neither its mater nor its dependent young and who may even belong to a different species.
By Dana Gardner (illustrator) and Alexander F. Skutch

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9780877451501, titled "Helpers at Birds' Nests: A Worldwide Survey of Cooperative Breeding and Related Behavior" | 1 edition (Univ of Iowa Pr, March 1, 1987), cover price $32.50 | About this edition: In this work naturalist and ornithologist Alexander Skutch provides detailed accounts of a remarkable aspect of bird behaviour - the aid that one bird gives another who is neither its mater nor its dependent young and who may even belong to a different species.

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9780877456742, titled "Helpers at Birds' Nests: A Worldwide Survey of Cooperative Breeding and Related Behavior" | Expanded edition (Univ of Iowa Pr, March 1, 1999), cover price $26.00 | About this edition: In this work naturalist and ornithologist Alexander Skutch provides detailed accounts of a remarkable aspect of bird behaviour - the aid that one bird gives another who is neither its mater nor its dependent young and who may even belong to a different species.

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Product Description: Five Directors collects the fascinating memories of some of radio's most vivid personalities: Himan Brown, Axel Gruenberg, Fletcher Markle, Arch Oboloer, and Robert Lewis Shayon. They explain in their own words their journey through radio broadcasting, how it affected their lives, and how they saw it affecting the consciousness of a country...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780810834729 | Scarecrow Pr, May 1, 1998, cover price $66.00 | About this edition: Five Directors collects the fascinating memories of some of radio's most vivid personalities: Himan Brown, Axel Gruenberg, Fletcher Markle, Arch Oboloer, and Robert Lewis Shayon.

In this controversial culmination of a lifelong quest, Alexander F. Skutch, a well-known ornithologist who has studied birds for more than sixty years, makes a case for "believing that birds' mental capacities have been grossly underestimated." Lacking hard scientific proofs of what birds think and feel, we are left, Skutch argues, with inferences gleaned from observation of their behavior. His intimate, six-decade study of tropical and north temperate birds and his wide survey of the literature inform this remarkable review of the psychic life of birds. Although varying widely by species, many birds have a striking ability to recognize as individuals not only other birds of their own kind (which all look alike to humans), but also familiar humans, even after a long absence. They have good memories and give indications of forethought. Only humans take more elaborate care of their offspring than most birds do, and few animals of any kind live in such closely united families as those of cooperatively breeding birds, which carefully avoid incest. The diverse play of birds suggests their capacity for enjoyment. They can be taught to count up to eight, and some are known to use tools. The tastefully adorned constructions of bower birds and the songs of many other species also point strongly to an aesthetic sense. The journeys of migrants between known breeding and wintering territories separated by thousands of miles speak of memory and navigational skills that baffle human observers. True, Skutch concludes, inferential evidence only suggests hypotheses and cannot offer scientific proof. Nonetheless, his carefully gathered and documented observations, delightfully reported, accord with the strong intuition of many bird lovers that birds are not unfeeling automata but sensitive creatures, aware of what they do. Birders and behaviorist ornithologists alike will find Skutch's work provocative and rewarding–no more easily dismissed than the apparently purposeful behavior of the birds he describes. A timely and useful contribution to the debate on animal intelligence, this book offers--with precision, force, clarity, and a wide range of examples--a challenge to the longstanding mechanistic view of nonhuman life.
By Dana Gardner (illustrator) and Alexander F. Skutch

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9780890966716 | Texas A & M Univ Pr, October 1, 1996, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: In this controversial culmination of a lifelong quest, Alexander F.

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9780890967591 | Reprint edition (Texas A & M Univ Pr, April 1, 1997), cover price $19.95

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Product Description: Antbirds and ovenbirds, two of the five largest families of birds found only in the Western Hemisphere, have been among Alexander Skutch's favorites for more than six decades. In this book, he draws on years of observations to describe the life cycle of these fascinating birds, which inhabit Latin America from tropical Mexico to Tierra del Fuego...read more
By Dana Gardner (illustrator) and Alexander F. Skutch

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9780292776999 | Univ of Texas Pr, June 1, 1996, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: Antbirds and ovenbirds, two of the five largest families of birds found only in the Western Hemisphere, have been among Alexander Skutch's favorites for more than six decades.

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9780292777057 | Univ of Texas Pr, June 1, 1996, cover price $28.95

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From blackbirds and orioles to meadowlarks, grackles, and cowbirds, the variety and variation shown by members of the family Icteridae is legend. The family exhibits great diversity in size and coloration, mating and nest building, and habits and habitats. This group of 94 New World species once known as the troupials is well represented in backyards across America; yet most icterids are tropical or semi-tropical species that remain largely unstudied. The least known of these species are perhaps best known to Alexander Skutch, who has studied birds in a Costa Rican tropical valley for more than half a century. In this fascinating book--the first devoted exclusively to the icterids--he combines his own observations with those of other naturalists to provide a comparative natural history and biology of this remarkable family of birds. Devoting a separate chapter to each major group or genus, he delineates the outstanding characteristics of each and includes observations of little-studied tropical species such as caciques and oropendolas. Orioles, Blackbirds, and Their Kin is an eminently readable natural history in the classic style. Enhanced by 31 scratchboard illustrations, this book will delight nature enthusiasts everywhere with its fascinating exposition of avian diversity. Because so much of the published information on the icterids is widely scattered, Skutch's painstaking compilation has created a valuable reference work that will provide students and researchers with a wealth of new insights into the tropical members of this New World family.
By Dana Gardner (illustrator) and Alexander F. Skutch

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9780816515844 | Univ of Arizona Pr, February 1, 1996, cover price $52.00 | About this edition: From blackbirds and orioles to meadowlarks, grackles, and cowbirds, the variety and variation shown by members of the family Icteridae is legend.

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9780816516018 | Univ of Arizona Pr, April 1, 1996, cover price $24.95

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9780292776753 | Reprint edition (Univ of Texas Pr, September 1, 1993), cover price $16.95 | also contains Vitreoretinal Surgery

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"The Imperative Call explores the making of an extraordinary naturalist… No one since W. H. Hudson has approached nature from such a consistent moral position. No one has tried so scrupulously to define the murky boundary ‘between science and vandalism…’ Ultimately, the reader comes to see Alex Skutch not so much as a naturalist or a farmer but as an artist."-- Audubon magazine“Skutch offers us the botanical and zoological riches of the tropics, combining a gifted scientist’s powers of observation with a committed humanist’s reverence for life. Even those who have never been drawn to the tropics will find themselves entranced.” -- American BirdsIn The Imperative Call, Alexander F. Skutch recounts his early years growing up in Maryland and Maine and his adventures in Central America and Jamaica during the 1920s and 1930s, well before modernization affected the region, when the began his classic studies of nesting birds. Weaving precise descriptions of tropical plan, bird, and animal life into a personal philosophy about man and nature, the book is both autobiography and natural history. (view table of contents)

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9780813005799, titled "The Imperative Call: A Naturalist's Quest in Temperate and Tropical America" | Univ Pr of Florida, July 1, 1980, cover price $20.00 | About this edition: "The Imperative Call explores the making of an extraordinary naturalist… No one since W.

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9780813011493, titled "The Imperative Call: A Naturalist's Quest in Temperate and Tropical America" | Reprint edition (Univ Pr of Florida, November 1, 1992), cover price $19.95

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Product Description: A lifetime's keen observation of the physical world has led Alexander Skutch to ask deeply philosophical questions about the nature of "nature." In this thought-provoking study, he turns his attention to the problem of how "quality"--beauty, goodness, morality--has arisen in a process of evolution that appears to favor sheer "quantity...read more
By Dana Gardner (illustrator) and Alexander F. Skutch

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9780292760370 | Univ of Texas Pr, September 1, 1992, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: A lifetime's keen observation of the physical world has led Alexander Skutch to ask deeply philosophical questions about the nature of "nature.

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Product Description: A Naturalist in Costa Rica picks up Alexander F. Skutch's story in 1935, the year his memoir The Imperative Call ends. In it he recoreds his life, work, observations, and reflections during thirty-five years in the southeastern Pacific section of Costa Rica.

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9780813011486 | Reprint edition (Univ Pr of Florida, July 1, 1992), cover price $24.95 | About this edition: A Naturalist in Costa Rica picks up Alexander F.

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This book covers waterbirds and migrants as well as resident tropical species, and its treatment of such topics as plumages, vocalizations, food habits, nesting and distribution make it a comprehensive single-volume guide to the 830 species of birds in Costa Rica.

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9780801422874 | Comstock Pub Assoc, October 1, 1989, cover price $72.50 | About this edition: Catalogs the more than 800 species of birds found in Costa Rica, with notes on identification, habits, and distribution

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9780713635126, titled "Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica" | New edition (Gardners Books, August 15, 1991), cover price $71.00 | About this edition: This book covers waterbirds and migrants as well as resident tropical species, and its treatment of such topics as plumages, vocalizations, food habits, nesting and distribution make it a comprehensive single-volume guide to the 830 species of birds in Costa Rica.
9780801496004 | Comstock Pub Assoc, January 1, 1990, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: Catalogs the more than 800 species of birds found in Costa Rica, with notes on identification, habits, and distribution

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Product Description: "Skutch combines his personal knowledge of pigeons that he has watched near his Costa Rican home with a masterful summary of the published literature on Columbids of the world. . . . The doves and pigeons of the world are a fascinating lot...read more
By Dana Gardner (illustrator) and Alexander F. Skutch

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9780801425288 | Comstock Pub Assoc, May 1, 1991, cover price $57.50 | About this edition: "Skutch combines his personal knowledge of pigeons that he has watched near his Costa Rican home with a masterful summary of the published literature on Columbids of the world.

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Discusses the behavior, voice, courtship, nesting, and temperament of members of the tanager family of birds
By Dana Gardner (illustrator) and Alexander F. Skutch

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9780801422263 | Comstock Pub Assoc, February 1, 1989, cover price $84.95 | About this edition: Discusses the behavior, voice, courtship, nesting, and temperament of members of the tanager family of birds

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A well-known naturalist and bird-watcher tells of some of his more memorable experiences during journeys through the wilds of Mexico and Central and South America in the 1930s and early 1940s

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9780292707221 | Univ of Texas Pr, October 1, 1977, cover price $22.50 | About this edition: A well-known naturalist and bird-watcher tells of some of his more memorable experiences during journeys through the wilds of Mexico and Central and South America in the 1930s and early 1940s

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9780292707665 | Univ of Texas Pr, October 1, 1987, cover price $14.95

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Product Description: Captivated while still young by the splendor and profusion of the tropics, Alexander Skutch, world-renowned ornithologist and author of twelve books on tropical birds, resolved to devote his life to its study and interpretation. For well over half a century, he has painstakingly observed the creatures that surround him, particularly the birds, and he has thought long and deeply - perhaps more than most naturalists - about the significance of this abundant life...read more

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9780877451631 | Univ of Iowa Pr, July 1, 1987, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Captivated while still young by the splendor and profusion of the tropics, Alexander Skutch, world-renowned ornithologist and author of twelve books on tropical birds, resolved to devote his life to its study and interpretation.

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Discusses the evolution of life on the planet earth from a philosophical viewpoint and examines earth's place in the universe

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9780292746442 | Univ of Texas Pr, April 1, 1985, cover price $10.95 | also contains Asian Migrations | About this edition: Discusses the evolution of life on the planet earth from a philosophical viewpoint and examines earth's place in the universe

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Discusses house wrens, the size of animals, favorite bird foods, symbiosis, hummingbirds, trees, weeds, and other tropical wildlife

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9780520047457 | Univ of California Pr, October 1, 1983, cover price $30.00 | About this edition: Discusses house wrens, the size of animals, favorite bird foods, symbiosis, hummingbirds, trees, weeds, and other tropical wildlife

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9781877973291 | Harvard Univ Nuttall ornithological, June 1, 1981, cover price $29.50

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'A detailed survey ... of the family life and reproductive behavior of birds, from the formation of pairs to the young birds' attainment of independence.'

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9780292764248 | Univ of Texas Pr, February 1, 1976, cover price $45.00 | About this edition: 'A detailed survey .

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