National Geographic Complete Birds of North America

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National Geographic, 2006 - Nature - 664 pages
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Covering every bird species in North America, and featuring more than one thousand illustrations and 800 maps, this essential, comprehensive, and easy-to-use bird reference is designed for use by both novices and experts who want a complete guide to the birds of North America, their identification, their ranges, their behaviors. A lively and informative 3,000-word introductory chapter, The Art and Science of Birding, by National Geographic's resident birding expert Mel Baughman, offers birders from novice to accomplished the basic topography, morphology, and taxonomy of birds and includes colorful anatomical illustrations depicting birds at rest and in flight. Tips for making accurate field identification, and detailed information bird species and family distinctions are also detailed in this chapter. Birds are featured by family and follow the American Ornithological Association guidelines; this organization. helps acclimate birders to related birds within a family and aids quick identification in the field. The guide also features an alphabetical bird species index. An easy-to-access layout depicts thousands of members of the 81 bird families profiled. For each family, there is an opening image and 800-word essay revealing the basic look and behavior, followed by additional illustrations showing plumage variations by age and sex, and range maps showing migration routes.

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Birders certainly have their hands full with all the recently published field guides and companion volumes (Tom Wood's The Birds of North America ; Bill Thompson's Identify Yourself ). The latest to ... Read full review

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This is an excellent resource. There is more details than the smaller field books. The pictures contain numerous pictures and angles to help identify the birds. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Jonathan Alderfer, a widely published author and field guide illustrator, is well known in the birding community for his expertise as a field ornithologist and his knowledge of North American birds. He has served as a general consultant and an art consultant for the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America (4th edition) and is the Associate Editor of Birding, the magazine of the American Birding Association.

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