Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America

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In 2000 Houghton Mifflin first published the Kaufman Focus Guide to the Birds of North America. Critically acclaimed for its innovative design, the Kaufman guide began introducing a new generation to birding. In 2005, this new Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America is now the most up-to-date field guide, including dozens of changes by the American Ornithologists’ Union in official names of birds; the addition of new species to reflect the latest scientific discoveries; and dozens of updated range maps. ...

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Overview

In 2000 Houghton Mifflin first published the Kaufman Focus Guide to the Birds of North America. Critically acclaimed for its innovative design, the Kaufman guide began introducing a new generation to birding. In 2005, this new Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America is now the most up-to-date field guide, including dozens of changes by the American Ornithologists’ Union in official names of birds; the addition of new species to reflect the latest scientific discoveries; and dozens of updated range maps. Additional information helps beginning birdwatchers get started, all in the same compact format that has made this guide the easiest to use for fast identification in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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This innovative field guide from birding expert Kenn Kaufman is perfect for both beginners and more experienced birders wanting a quick reference. By digitally enhancing the photographs to emphasize key markings (thus combining the best attributes of photography and painting), the publishers have helped make bird identification easier. The book also includes handy migration maps that are placed right next to the illustrations for each type of bird, providing an additional aid in confirmation.
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.
From The Critics
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618574230
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Kaufman Field Guides
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 174,675
  • Product dimensions: 4.78 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

KENN KAUFMAN, originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series, is one of the world's foremost naturalists.

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Table of Contents

Ducks, Geese, and Swans 16
Other Swimming Birds 46
Aerial Waterbirds 64
Birds of Prey 100
Chicken-Like Birds 130
Wading Birds 142
Shorebirds 156
Medium-Sized Land Birds 186
Hummingbirds, Swifts, and Swallows 212
Flycatchers 226
Typical Songbirds 242
Warblers 294
Tanagers and Blackbirds 320
Sparrows 336
Finches and Buntings 356
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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    A great resource for the beginning birder

    I used this field guide on a trip to Florida and was quite pleased with how well it was organized. I enjoyed the introduction, being new to birding, I felt it covered some basics that other guides do not. I like the smaller size, it fits easily into a large purse or backpack and the heavy cover is great if it starts to rain. The illustrations were great and showed pictures of both winter and summer plummage as well as immature birds. I also appreciated the additional bird behavior and voice information.
    The color coded, pictorial guide is very useful for beginners, making it quicker to identify birds in the field. I also plan on using it for a trip to the northwest and appreciate that it covers all of North America in the smaller sized book.
    In all I like this guide better than the other 2 that I have used.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

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    Excellent field guide for all major US birds

    This guide is well organized and easy to search. The color illustrations are accurate depictions of the birds. The guide conveniently groups related birds and the layout provides a brief description and distribution map opposite the illustrations, eliminating having to leaf to several areas to get all the needed information on that particular bird. Having owned several field guides through the years, I have found the Kaufman guide one of the most convenient and useful.

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