National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

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National Geographic Books, 2011 - Nature - 574 pages
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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 6th Edition contains the most all-new material since the first edition was published more than 25 years ago. The latest edition will include 300 new art figures; unique subspecies maps never before seen in a field guide; extensive migration information overlaid on species maps; field-mark labels on all artwork; text updates to include new species; reorganization reflecting taxonomic changes in the bird community; organization, readability, and increased page count with a fresh new design.
 

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This is an excellent reference book, invaluable for both the novice and expert birder. The brief but informative introduction is well written and well illustrated. The thumb tabs for the major bird ... Read full review

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User Review  - suzemo - LibraryThing

My favorite birding guide book. It has great pictures and descriptions. The blurbs with the range maps is fantastic and it has a lot of incidental species to South Texas (at least) that a lot of guide ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
6
Ducks Geese and Swans
14
New World Quail
54
Curassows and Guans 58 Partridges Grouse Turkeys and Old World Quail
58
Loons
68
Grebes
72
Albatrosses
76
Petrels and Shearwaters
80
Auks Murres and Puffins
250
Pigeons and Doves
264
Lories Parakeets Macaws and Parrots
270
Cuckoos Roadrunners and Anis
278
Barn Owls and Typical Owls
282
Goatsuckers
292
Swifts
296
Trogons
298

StormPetrels
94
Tropicbirds
100
Frigatebirds 102 Boobies and Gannets
102
Cormorants
106
Darters 110 Pelicans
110
Herons Bitterns and Allies
112
Ibises and Spoonbills
120
Storks 122 Flamingos
122
New World Vultures
124
Ospreys 126 Kites Eagles and Hawks
126
Caracaras and Falcons
146
Limpkins 156 Rails Gallinules and Coots
156
Cranes
162
Lapwings and Plovers
164
Jacanas
170
Oystercatchers 172 Stilts and Avocets
172
Sandpipers Phalaropes and Allies
174
Gulls Terns and Skimmers 246 Skuas and Jaegers
246
Hummingbirds
300
Kingfishers
310
Woodpeckers
312
Tityras and Allies
346
Larks
366
Nuthatches
380
Tyrant Flycatchers
392
Thrushes
396
Bulbuls
410
WoodWarblers
424
Olive Warbler
456
Cardinals Piranga Tanagers
488
Fringilline and Cardueline Finches
516
Accidentals and Extinct Species
530
Subspecies Maps
548
Acknowledgments
562
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About the author (2011)

Jon L. Dunn is a leading expert on the identification and distribution of North American birds. He is a consultant for Birding magazine, and former chair of the American Birding Association's Checklist Committee.

Jonathan Alderfer is chief consultant for National Geographic's Birding Program and a widely published author and field guide illustrator. One of the nation's foremost birding artists, he is well known for his authority on North American birds and his expertise as a field ornithologist.

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