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Birds of North America
     

Birds of North America

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by Kenn Kaufman, Lynn Hassler Kaufman (Contribution by), Rick Bowers (Contribution by), Nora Bowers (Contribution by)
 
Birding, one of the fastest-growing hobbies, is also one of the most rewarding. Birds brighten our world with their colors and songs and with their amazing variety: anywhere in North America, at almost any season, it is possible to see dozens of different kinds of birds. All a birder needs is a good guidebook in order to identify them.

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Overview

Birding, one of the fastest-growing hobbies, is also one of the most rewarding. Birds brighten our world with their colors and songs and with their amazing variety: anywhere in North America, at almost any season, it is possible to see dozens of different kinds of birds. All a birder needs is a good guidebook in order to identify them.

Some bird guides published in recent years have been bulky volumes with confusing amounts of detail, hard to carry and hard to use. This Kaufman Focus Guide is a true field guide: a pocket-sized book organized for easy reference, providing just the essentials for quick and accurate identification. Its revolutionary approach to illustration - using digital images based on photographs - provides the most lifelike and accurate pictures in any field guide. More than 2,200 full-color images depict every species of bird that occurs regularly in North America.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The "Peterson Field Guides" series have long served as the benchmark for field guides. Now come two new birding titles that certainly meet the Peterson standard of excellence, with such features as basic information, range maps, voice descriptions, comparisons with similar species, scientific and common name indexes, the specification of field marks, and the inclusion of exotics. Rather than using the typical drawings and paintings, birding expert and Audubon field editor Kaufman selected over 2000 digitally edited photographs, enhanced to improve contrast, color, and the like. The excellent result will appeal to beginning birders perhaps intimidated by illustrations. In order to make useful comparisons, Kaufman varies the organization a bit from the American Ornithological Union (AOU) standard. Helpful headers, color coded to groups (e.g., wading birds), break down further into categories such as huge waders and waders with odd bills. Kaufman's text is simple and uncluttered, a plus for novices. Noted avian artist Sibley provides more than 6000 detailed illustrations (including pictures of the flying bird from above and below, a first in a birding guide) that are as excellent as Kaufman's photos. His text is far more substantial in detail, including flight patterns, more plumage variations (young juvenile, juvenile, adult) for nearly all the birds, and more detail in range maps. Although it is larger and heavier that Kaufman's title, this guide will serve experienced birders extremely well, However, it might provide more information than a beginner needs. The bottom line: both guides are highly recommended for all collections, Kaufman to serve the novices and the unsure, Sibley to delight the more experienced as well. [Kaufman's book was previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/00; for more guidance on field guides, see Christina Peterson's "Tracking Nature Field Guides," LJ 6/1/00, p. 83-87.--Ed.]--Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Dueling bird books occur when two notable and wonderful guides illustrated by fine artists are produced in the same season: Kaufman's competes with Sibley's bird drawings, providing a more compact issue and vivid descriptions and photos to provide tips on how to recognize birds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395964644
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/22/2000
Series:
Kaufman Focus Guides
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.51(w) x 7.53(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Kenn Kaufman is the originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series, which includes books on birds, butterflies, mammals, and insects. He has also written Lives of North American Birds, Kingbird Highway, and the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding.

Kenn Kaufman is the originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series, which includes books on birds, butterflies, mammals, and insects. He has also written Lives of North American Birds, Kingbird Highway, and the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding.

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Birds of North America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The color-coding of each section and the one-page index is ingenious for ease-of-use and 'speedy locating.' This will become my 'first stop' for identifying birds; I may even be able to discriminate between sparrows! Excellent coloration. Ex: kiskadee wing. Although a few birds appear stuffed and a bit dusty, most are incredibly alive: check out the owls! If I had to recommend one fieldguide for a limited-budget library, this is it, hands-down.