Owls of North America by Frances Backhouse, is a stunning, photo-loaded book featuring the mysterious and fantastic family of birds known as owls. While this oversized volume of glossy pages might be mistaken for a “coffee table book”, it is undoubtedly much more than that.
Seven informative chapters cover topics such as feeding habits, communication, mating, and the entire life cycle of owls. These chapters lead up to a final chapter that covers all the owls of North America in great detail. These accounts cover:
- Background Info
- Colorful Range Map
- Roosting Sites
This volume won’t substitute for a field guide and may very well end up on a coffee table. But it is nonetheless appealing for anyone that loves owls. The text, while not simple, is definitely readable for younger audiences (pre-teen and up). It was hard to keep our 10-year old niece (Sammie) from running off with the book.
Rating: 9 of 10 feathers