National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


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A bestseller with more than a quarter million copies sold, this completely revised and updated edition is still one of the most authoritative, sought-after guides to birds of North America on the market--for birders of all levels. 280 color plates. 630 range maps.

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ISBN-13: 9780594808039
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 43,390
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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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Reviews of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Sixth Edition:

"Wow! … a 10% increase in illustrations, plates now sprinkled with text to point out key features, updated range maps, comprehensive subspecies maps, and other useful new features. This classic guide just keeps evolving and improving. This is the guide you want with your field gear." 
-J. V. Remsen, Distinguished Professor and Curator of Birds, Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University
"Jon Dunn’s masterful field knowledge of North America’s birds and Jonathan Alderfer’s unparalleled artistic ability and direction shine throughout this up-to-date overhaul of a classic guide.  Birders at all levels of experience benefit from a guide that is both comprehensive and accurate, and National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America is exactly what they need." 
-Kimball L. Garrett, Ornithology Collections Manager, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Reviews of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition:

“[National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America Fifth Edition] is an awesome work…the most up-to-date field guide out there…birders can do no better than to tuck this book in their cars, backpacks, or bike sacks.” –Bird Watcher’s Digest
“The must-have resource for birders.” –Miami Herald
“Birders rejoice! National Geographic has come through once again.” –Booklist, starred review
“Libraries should feather their nests with [this].” –Library Journal

“You could do now better than this thick compendium…” –Chicago Sun Times
"The field reference of choice for serious birders...Beginners and experts alike will flock to this handy field guide."

"Particularly good in making the difficult identification process easier." -The Star Ledger (Newark)

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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am new "birder" - reviewed several books but found this one to be the most comprehensive and set up for my needs. It was also recommended by our local Audubon Society members.
f5 More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding guide for birders of all levels. The artwork is outstanding with beautiful colors and poses which highlight the most important features of the bird for identification purposes. There are useful comparisons of similar birds. The layout and design have been refined to near perfection in the sixth edition. The bird descriptions provide excellent detail, the maps are clear and easy to understand. The book is the right size to allow easy manipulation and reading in the field but with a weight that is easily mangaged during a dawn to dusk foray. I wish it was available in a Nook edition as well.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This guide's comprehensiveness is also its biggest flaw, I had an earlier edition that was slightly smaller. Because of that the species on the plates were crowded together. That has been corrected. However, the fact the authors felt the necessity to include every species ever recorded in NA, even the Aleutian islands, might make this confusing for beginners. James Coe's out of print Birds of Eastern North America is a model for a beginner's guide. All The Birds of North America, also out of print, solved the problem by downsizing rare birds and and placing them above common species. If you are looking for more species info, the Geographic Complete Birds of North America is a fine supplement to this guide.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Superb update to the previous edition. A must for any birder.