Birds of North Central Texas
Natural History - Ornithology
6 x 9, 472 pp.
1 color plate., 21 line drawings., 112 maps.
Pub Date: 06/01/2000
W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series
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Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Birds of North Central Texas

By Warren M. Pulich
Foreword by Keith Arnold
Illustrations by Ann Marie Pulich

The Birds of North Central Texas is the culmination of a seven-year study by Warren M. Pulich, who set out to assess and evaluate the avifauna within the 25,000-square-mile area rather than to produce a field guide. With the aid of trusted observers, the author has compiled information on arrival and departure dates and peak numbers during migration for approximately 400 species.

Texas' large variety of bird species is due to the convergence of four vegetation zones in the north central region of the state. In effect, species predominating in the moister eastern portions of the region mingle with species inhabiting the mesquite and cacti of the dry western reaches of the study area. The presence of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex and its numerous birders and visitors has ensured volumes of data for sorting and study.

Ornithology students, visiting naturalists, environmentalists, and dedicated birders will find this book a valuable aid to understanding more clearly the status of birds in north central Texas.

Warren M. Pulich is associate professor of biology at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.

What Readers Are Saying:

"As a basis for comparison with earlier reports from the region, it offers the serious student not only a better understanding of the present status of birds in north central Texas but of changes that might be expected in the future." --North San Antonio Times

" . . . a valuable aid to devoted birders, environmentalists and students. Pulich is a recognized expert on the birds of the area surrounding the Dallas-Fort Worth 'Metroplex.'" --John L. Tveten

"Birders who thought H. C. Oberholser's massive two-volume The Bird Life of Texas ((1974) was the last word on the subject were wrong. Warren M. Pulich's The Birds of North Central Texas adds considerable technical information and many new conclusions to that pioneering work." --Southwest Review

"Warren Pulich's exceptionally fine The Birds of North Central Texas gives a thorough account of the birds in this region, which includes the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area. --The Explorer
"This book is not a field guide, nor is it for the beginning birdwatcher. It contains information for the more serious birder who already knows what the birds look like and wants to know more about migration, habitat, and weather, as well as occurences (when various birds first arrive, when they leave, etc.). --The Explorer
"Pulich's research for this book was very thorough and included detailed rechecking of specimens and sightings." --The Explorer

"Texas is well known to all birders because of its incredible diversity of birdlife. Small wonder then that along comes this fact filled volume which summarizes what is known of the birdlife of this region in northern Texas. --Indiana Audubon Quarterly
"The author includes information on arrival and departure dates, peak numbers during migration and extreme dates. More than 100 maps show species distribution in the 32-county area. Also included are data on breeding and information on specimens that have been collected and are available for study. --Indiana Audubon Quarterly
"The book is well done reflecting the care and expertise of the author who has spent the major portion of his life exploring the 32 counties which make up North Central Texas. It deserves a wide audience, particularly those who travel to the Lone Star State and bird there." --Indiana Audubon Quarterly

"This is an excellent addition to the growing list of regional bird books." --American Reference Books Annual

" . . . well-written volume. . . an excellent source of reference for both the birding and the scientific community. Furthermore, the detail that is present in this book should be useful in future assessments of the effects of urbanization in an area undergoing tremendous ecological change." --The Wilson Bulletin


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