Hummingbirds and Butterflies

by Bill Thompson III, Connie Toops

Second in a three-book series on watching birds in the backyard: backyard bird ID, bird feeding, hummingbirds, bluebirds, bird houses, gardening for birds, etc.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780618904457
  • ISBN-10: 061890445X
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication Date: 04/21/2011
  • Carton Quantity: 20
About the Book
About the Authors
  • About the Book

    Hummingbirds and butterflies are some of the most beautiful visitors to a backyard, but they can also be some of the most elusive. This second collaboration between the Peterson Field Guide series and Bird Watcher’s Digest includes tips on how to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to backyards—and how to identify them once they’ve arrived. Bill Thompson III and Connie Toops have decades of firsthand experience and have written the book in a fun, lighthearted style, providing both amateur and veteran nature watchers with need-to-know information, including where hummingbirds and butterflies live, what they eat, and the best garden plants to attract them. The species profiles of the 15 most common hummingbirds and 40 most common butterflies serve as a field guide, showing ranges, identifying marks, and preferred habitats. Full-color photographs and detailed drawings make attracting, identifying, and feeding these colorful creatures a snap.

  • About the Author
  • Excerpts


    Welcome to the buzzing and beautiful world of hummingbirds and
    butterflies. These two types of creatures may not be related taxonomically;
    after all, hummingbirds are birds, and butterflies are insects.
    But to those of us who love them, they are related in several ways.
    Hummingbirds and butterflies are experts at flying, they can be quite
    colorful in appearance, and they are easily attracted to our yards, gardens,
    and even our patios and windowsills.
     This book will help you enhance your enjoyment of hummingbirds
    and butterflies, no matter where you live in North America. We will
    guide you along the path to attracting more of these delightful creatures
    and to identifying them when you see them.
     My coauthor for this book is Connie Toops, a lifelong naturalist,
    knowledgeable gardener, talented photographer, and the author of
    many books and articles on natural history topics. Connie has a special
    interest in gardening for wildlife, so she was the perfect coauthor
    for this project. Connie wrote the text for all of the butterfly chapters,
    as well as the chapters “Plants for Hummingbirds” and “A Hummer
    Garden Plan.” She also contributed many of the photographs in
    the book.
     I wrote all of the hummingbird chapters as well as some of the front
    and back matter of the book.
    We hope you’ll enjoy Hummingbirds and Butterflies, which we’re
    proud to contribute as a volume in the legendary Peterson Field
    Guide series.
    —Bill Thompson III

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