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Books Available in the Library

Locate books and other resources by searching WorldCat Local or the Novanet catalogue.

Subject headings you can use to locate information include:

  • Birds
  • Birds - Anatomy
  • Birds - Behavior
  • Birds - Conservation
  • Birds - Geographical Distribution
  • Birds - Habitat
  • Birds - Migration
  • Birds - Nests
  • Birds - North America - Identification
  • Birds - Vocalizations
  • Birdsongs

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Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer & Build - Goodfellow, P.
Call Number: QL 675 G64 2011

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Bird Sense: What it's Like to Be a Bird - Tim Birkhead
Call Number: QL 698 B57 2013
Publication Date: 2013

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Bird Song: Biological Themes and Variations - Catchpole, C.
Call Number: QL 698.5 C38 1995

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Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds - Baicich, P. et al
Call Number: QL 675 B163 2005
ISBN: 0691122954
Publication Date: 2005-05-23

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Shorebird Ecology, Conservation, and Management - Colwell, M.
Call Number: E-book

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Private Lives of Birds (The) - Stutchbury, B.
Call Number: QL 698.3 S784 2010


Key Resources

Here's a sampling of reference books available to you in print and electronic formats. Browse the QL section of Reference to locate more useful resources.

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All the Birds of Nova Scotia - McLaren, I. A.
Call Number: REF QL 685.5 N6 M35 2012
Publication Date: 2012

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Birds of Atlantic Canada - Burrows, Roger
Call Number: REF QL 685.5 A9 B868 2002
This book groups and colour codes 284 species of birds that live or frequent the Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Birds of Nova Scotia - Tufts, R.
Call Number: REF QL 685 N6 T8 1986

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Handbook of the Birds of the World (vols. 1-14) - del Hoyo, A. (ed.)
Call Number: QL 677 H25 1992 (vols. 1-14)
From book review: Written by accomplished experts in the species groups, these volumes are the world's best resource on avian biology. Each volume provides a well-written introductory chapter for each family, giving its general characteristics, evolutionary history, species of conservation concern, etc. Then, each species in each family is described in great detail, with the latest information on geographic range, life history, conservation status, and more.

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Ornithologist’s Dictionary: or Ornithological and Related Terms for Layman and Expert - Erritzoe, J.
Call Number: REF QL 672.2 O76 2007

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Seasonal Checklist of the Birds of Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia - Knapton, R. & D. McCorquodale
Call Number: REF QL 685.5 N6 K5 2001
Publication Date: 1999

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Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior - Sibley, D.
Call Number: REF QL 681 S495 2001
From book review: This well-received text uses a standard format to decribe taxonomy, foraging, breeding, range, nesets, eggs, longevity, conservation, and more.


Accessing Journal Literature

OWL - Ornithological Writing Literature

OWL is a compilation of citations and abstracts from the worldwide scientific literature that pertain to the science of ornithology.

It does not link you to full text using ; use the Library's Journal Title List to confirm full text availability.

Refer to the Biology Subject Guide for a complete list of databases you can search to locate journal articles and content.


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