"Manual of Ornithology" by Noble S.              Proctor

Manual of Ornithology Avian Structure and Function Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch

Publication date:
11 Oct 1998
Yale University Press
352 pages: 279 x 216mm
226 b-w illus.

"Here is a volume that has no parallel. . . . A good reference book for those interested in the details of avian anatomy."—Science Books & Films

"A gold mine of facts. . . . Every library and biology department, as well as every birder, should have a copy close at hand."—Roger Tory Peterson, from the foreword

One of the most heavily illustrated ornithology references ever written, Manual or Ornithology is a visual guide to the structure and anatomy of birds—a basic tool for investigation for anyone curious about the fascinating world of birds. A concise atlas of anatomy, it contains more than 200 specially prepared accurate and clear drawings that include material never illustrated before. The text is as informative as the drawings; written at a level appropriate to undergraduate students and to bird lovers in general, it discusses why birds look and act the way they do.

Designed to supplement a basic ornithology textbook, the Manual of Ornithology covers systematics and evolution, topography, feathers and flight, the skeleton and musculature, and the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, reproductive, sensory, and nervous systems of birds, as well as field techniques for watching and studying birds. Each chapter concludes with a list of key references for the topic covered, with a comprehensive bibliography at the end of the volume.

Noble S. Proctor is professor of biology at Southern Connecticut State University and an internationally known ornithologist and naturalist. Patrick J. Lynch is director of biomedical media production and a lecturer in diagnostic radiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is a well-known illustrator in natural history and the medical sciences.

"As this book demonstrates in excellently clear drawings and text, a bird is a superbly evolved match of structure with function."—Brian Bertram, Times Literary Supplement

"The book provides an accurate, up-to-date, self-contained course in ornithology for the advanced lay reader."—Library Journal

"For anyone who wants to learn more about what lies under the feathers, The Manual of Ornithology has the answers. . . . As a reference work, the manual has few modern rivals."—David Tomlinson, New Scientist

"Excellent. . . . a mine of information to anyone interested in birds at any level."—Jonathan Coatley, Journal of Biological Education

Received an honorable mention in the Biological Science category, Association of American Publishers’ 1993 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division Award (AAP/PSP)

"A superb contribution to ornithology. It clearly represents the most attractive and accessible contribution to form and function in birds. This book will be of tremendous appeal to academic and lay ornithologists alike."—Steve Zack, Yale University

"Students, their instructors, and other interested readers will welcome availability of the well illustrated Manual of Ornithology now in a paperback edition."—George A. Clark, University of Connecticut

"This is a tremendous book; to say that it has no rival among laboratory manuals for ornithology is a dramatic understatement. It is clear, comprehensive, and has the most beautiful as well as useful illustrations possibly ever seen in an ornithology textbook."—Margaret Rubega, University of Connecticut

"A gold mine of facts. . . . Every library and biology department, as well as every birder, should have a copy close at hand."—Roger Tory Peterson, from the foreword