Thursday, May 23, 2013

Book Review: The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors

Back at the end of April, Richard Crossley released the second book in his ID Guide series, The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors. The book is a completely new and different take on raptor identification. It starts with an extensive collection of plates arranged in typical Crossley fashion by taking a natural backgrounds and overlaying many images of each species onto the plate. This allows for a large number of photos of different plumages and angles of a single species to be included on one page. A set up like this works quite well with raptors, as it is important to be able to learn them from different angles so that you can identify them no matter how they might be perched or flying. At the end of the species plates are quiz plates. They offer an opportunity to learn the raptors by challenging yourself to identify them from many angles, and you can find the answer in the back of the book.

In addition to the wonderful images of each species, there are extensive species accounts as well. Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan collaborated with Richard Crossley to offer an amazing amount of information for each species, from distribution to molt and geographic variation.

The American Kestrel plate from The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors
ID Quiz for Hovering Birds
This book is a must have for anyone that is interested in learning about raptors. Having so many angles and plumages in one place really allows you to become familiar with the birds in a way that is useful in the field.

Title: The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors
Authors: Richard Crossley, Jerry Liguori, and Brian Sullivan
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: April 24, 2013

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