Guide to the Birds of Alaska / Edition 5

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This popular field guide offers the most authoritative and comprehensive information on all 443 species of Alaska's birds.

Wildlife biologist Robert Armstrong's classic is back in print, with new photos, a new design, and the latest, most accurate information on Alaska's resident birds, along with its casuals and accidentals. Updated to include all 443 species of Alaska's birds, its portable size and lie-flat binding make it easy to pack and durable for field use. 550 color photos. 1 color map.

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Still flying high in its fifth edition, Robert H. Armstrong's Guide to the Birds of Alaska belongs in the library or, better yet, the backpack of every serious avian enthusiast. In this incarnation, this invaluable guide sports a completely updated text and photographs.
Extensively revised edition (first, 1980) includes all 443 species of birds found in Alaska, with new, full-color photos of all regularly-occurring species. Contains a map of Alaska's six biogeographic regions, is organized by bird families, and details birds' field marks, status, distribution, behavior, similar species, voice, and habitat. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882407296
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Ctr Pub Co
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition description: 5th ed.
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 445,166
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 5.36 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 4

Acknowledgments 6

A Note on Alaska's Biogeographic Regions 7

Map 8

Introduction 11

Key to Charts 13

Checklist of Alaska's Birds 14

Bird Families

Geese, Swans, Ducks 20

Grouse, Ptarmigan 60

Loons 67

Grebes 72

Albatrosses 76

Fulmars, Petrels, Shearwaters 79

Storm-Petrels 85

Cormorants 87

Bitterns, Herons 91

Hawks, Eagles 93

Falcons 102

Rails, Coots 106

Cranes 108

Plovers 109

Oystercatchers 117

Sandpipers 118

Gulls, Terns 159

Jaegers 179

Alcids 183

Pigeons, Doves 199

Typical Owls 202

Goatsuckers 212

Swifts 213

Hummingbirds 215

Kingfishers 216

Woodpeckers 217

Tyrant Flycatchers 223

Shrikes 230

Vireos 231

Jays, Magpies, Crows 233

Larks 239

Swallows 241

Chickadees 247

Nuthatches 251

Creepers 252

Wrens 253

Dippers 254

Kinglets 255

Old World Warblers 257

Thrushes 258

Starlings 269

Wagtails, Pipits 270

Waxwings 274

Wood Warblers 276

Tanagers 289

Sparrows, Buntings 290

Blackbirds 306

Finches 309

Casual and Accidental Species 317

Further Reading 345

Index 348

Photo Credits 354

About the Author 356

Notes 358

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Highly recommended to learn all the birds up here.

    Good book, pictures and descriptions to help identify the numerous birds, especially sea birds and raptors in Alaska

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