National Geographic Complete Birds of North America

National Geographic Complete Birds of North America

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by Jonathan Alderfer
     
 

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Essential, comprehensive, and easy to use, National Geographic Complete Book of Birds is an astonishing resource that covers every bird species in North America, as well as all the migrants that fly through. The entries are organized by family groups-an incredible 82 are included-according to the American Ornithological Union guidelines. Within a family,

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Essential, comprehensive, and easy to use, National Geographic Complete Book of Birds is an astonishing resource that covers every bird species in North America, as well as all the migrants that fly through. The entries are organized by family groups-an incredible 82 are included-according to the American Ornithological Union guidelines. Within a family, each separate bird entry has dozens of tips and illustrations on species' genders, age groups, behavior, habitats, nesting and feeding habits, and migration routes. Readers will also find unique features, such as:

  • A quick-find index for the most common bird groups and a full glossary
  • Straightforward, accessible text by numerous birding experts, including National Geographic's resident birding consultant Jonathan Alderfer
  • Hundreds of range and migration maps from renowned ornithologist Paul Lehman with National Geographic cartographers
  • State-of-the-art, updated bird illustrations by expert artists, including Jonathan Alderfer
  • New and original photographs from well-known bird photographers Kevin Karlson and Brian Small

Perfect for novice or experienced birders alike, National Geographic Complete Book of Birds is a definitive, must-have resource. Quite simply, there is no other volume like it.

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Library Journal
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 take wing is this massive desk reference, a companion to the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America. (An additional companion is the National Geographic Reference Atlas to the Birds of North America.) Edited by birding expert and field guide illustrator Alderfer, it includes the expected: chapters for the more than 80 avian families, with an overview of plumage, behavior, distribution, taxonomy, and conservation. This is followed by descriptions of all 962 species (covering identification, similar species, voice, status, and distribution) and sidebars that address such topics as difficult identifications. This is an admirable work, richly illustrated with 150 color photographs, 4000 art pieces, and 750 maps, but how does it compare with David Sibley's acclaimed The Sibley Guide to Birds? While both sources offer the information birders desire, National Geographic's use of technical terminology may especially attract advanced birders craving detailed, technical descriptions (e.g., Sibley refers to "bills" while National Geographic identifies them as "mandibles"). Birders seeking comparative essays may prefer Sibley, while those who crave individual species details will go with National Geographic. Libraries should feather their nests with both volumes. Strongly recommended for all natural history collections.-Nancy Moeckel, Brill Science Lib., Miami Univ., Oxford, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792241751
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
11/15/2005
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
419,519
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.97(h) x 1.91(d)

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