Woodpeckers of North America is the definitive reference about this remarkable group of birds, covering their history, habits, adaptations and future prospects. In addition to chapters on woodpecker anatomy, communication, nesting, feeding, community ecology and conservation, it provides detailed profiles of all 28 species found in Canada, the U.S. and northern Mexico, including the recently rediscovered ivory-billed woodpecker. Colour photos and line drawings complement the fact-filled text. Published by Firefly Books, 2005.
The Globe and Mail: “This gorgeous book is packed with fascinating information and lovely colour photographs.”
Victoria Times Colonist: “[Backhouse] notices and relates little details about woodpeckers that make ordinary people react with pleasant surprise and want to read more.”
2theadvocate.com: “If you’re like me and enjoy watching the woodpeckers’ antics, you might want to get a copy of this book to keep close at hand as you’re sitting out on the porch or patio and enjoying the free show these beautiful animals provide.”
Library Journal: “This attractive, authoritative book deals with all 28 species of woodpeckers found from central Mexico northward (i.e., North America in the faunal region sense). Backhouse … is extremely knowledgeable about the biology and behavior of these popular birds.”
Bloomsbury Review: “An engaging and informational introduction, but has enough advanced detail to be a practical and expert guide for experienced ornithological fans…. This is a thorough and enjoyable approach to the subject.”
Ibis: “A well-produced and attractive tome … and one that is well worth reading…. [Backhouse’s] text is scientifically well grounded.”