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By David Burnie

A brand new new release of illustrated average heritage handbooks, produced at the side of the Smithsonian Institution.

The new DK Nature publications shape a entire, obtainable, and informative sequence of illustrated reference books that take on key average historical past matters in DK's inimitable style.

From the Arctic Tern and American Woodcock to the Turkey Vulture and Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Nature advisor: Birds is packed choked with attractive pictures that show fowl anatomy, flight, migration styles, breeding, habitats-all excellent for chook gazing and simple identification.

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33 small, delicate bill red comb above eye “salt-and-pepper” pattern on gray upperparts Nonmigrant 13–15 in (33–38 cm) 15–26 oz (425–750 g) Depression, lined with plant matter and feathers, often away from cover 8–10 eggs; 1 brood Least Concern Winter flocks white belly feathered feet SIMILAR SPECIES Lagopus muta ROCK PTARMIGAN rich redbrown body Willow ptarmigan Larger, lacks red comb in winter Ptarmigans are medium-sized gamebirds adapted to cold conditions. The rock ptarmigan is one of the hardiest species—its range includes some of the most inhospitable parts of the Arctic, only a few hundred miles from the North Pole.

142). However, unlike a gull, this albatross spends most of its time on the wing, often roaming hundreds of miles from the coast in search of food. It feeds on fish, krill, jellyfish, and squid, using its hooked bill to snatch up its prey. This bird also snatches baited fishing hooks—one of the reasons why it is now endangered. The black-browed albatross breeds among tussock grass on exposed islands. The female lays a single egg, and both parents incubate it. Once hatched, the chick remains on the nest for 17 weeks.

The white form is characterized by brilliant white plumage. Both phases have deep pink legs and bills. SIMILAR SPECIES short, deeply furrowed neck Ross’s goose Smaller, with a round head and reddish legs barred pattern on body Emperor goose Darker, with a white head and orange legs Chen caerulescens SNOW GOOSE A common North American species, the snow goose is highly gregarious by nature. Long-distance migrants, they breed in Arctic tundra, often close to the sea, and winter mainly in the Gulf states and along the Atlantic seaboard.

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