The Complete Book of North American Owls

April 26, 2013

The Complete Book of North American OwlsThe Complete Book of North American Owls offers a rare, up-close look at one of the world’s most intriguing birds. From the silent, lethal swoop of a great horned owl as it swerves between northern pines to make a kill, to the pert bobbing of a pygmy owl as it spots an intruder, the habits of each species are vividly described.

• Each species has its own extensive introduction that explains its hunting techniques, courtship rituals, nesting habits, territorial calls, and specialized traits.

• Six pages of stunning full-color images devoted to each owl capture the elusive bird in its various forms from juvenile to adult, male/female, and also in flight.

• The Complete Book of North American Owls features the twenty different species of owls in North America.

• Comprehensive backgrounds on each of the twenty owl species include identification features, habitats, and behaviors.

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Avian and nature photographer, Chris Jimenez featured the book on his site. His photography appears in The Complete Book of North American Owls.

The Bird Booker Report calls the book, “The Complete Book of North American Owls celebrates these dramatic and stealthy nocturnal hunters and showcases twenty owl species in extensive detail. This book will make a good general introduction to the owls of the region.”

The Winnipeg Free Press did a profile of author Dr. James Duncan and his wife, Patsy Duncan. Make sure to read the fascinating story about this amazing husband and wife team.

The Guardian UK featured the book in their Grrlscientist book roundup.


Dr. James Duncan is the Director of the Wildlife Branch of Manitoba Conservation and has researched owl for over 26 years, publishing scientific papers, books and symposium proceedings on owls from around the world. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. James claims that his job is simply a way to support his obsessive habit of studying owls with his wife and fellow zoologist, Patsy. Together they have banded over 2,000 owls in Manitoba.

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John Stevens
John Stevens
April 10, 2017 9:01 am

Hi there. I’m interested in this book but it appears to be out-of-print. Is it going to be reprinted?

Lisa Moran
Lisa Moran
April 25, 2017 1:09 pm

Hello- looking for another copy of this title- The Complete Book of North American Owls by James Duncan. Hoping for some insight. My copy literally fell apart, the binding broke, and I am very very careful with my books. I am shocked to see copies of this title selling for upwards of over $800. Do you have any idea why this title is selling so high? I am not opposed to paying more than the original sale price as it appears to be out of print, but I have rare, signed first editions I did not pay $8oo for. Any… Read more »

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