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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

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by Jon L. Dunn, Jonathan Alderfer
     
 

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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 6th Edition contains the most all-new material since the first edition was published more than 25 years ago. The latest edition will include 300 new art figures; unique subspecies maps never before seen in a field guide; extensive migration information overlaid on species maps; field-mark labels

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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 6th Edition contains the most all-new material since the first edition was published more than 25 years ago. The latest edition will include 300 new art figures; unique subspecies maps never before seen in a field guide; extensive migration information overlaid on species maps; field-mark labels on all artwork; text updates to include new species; reorganization reflecting taxonomic changes in the bird community; organization, readability, and increased page count with a fresh new design.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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

“The best birding field guide you can buy…National Geo 6 is now my default go-to guide. It is the design innovations that push this book to the front. You will not find a field guide that gives you better and faster access to the information it contains.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune blog
 
"Shelve all your other field guides for Dunn and Alderfer’s brand-new sixth edition, which leaps beyond previous editions, as well as all competition...Study it at home. Carry it afield. It has no peer."
–Daniel Gibson (birding expert), Amazon.com
 
“This new, sixth edition is by far the best of this splendid guide's incarnations so far. [It] is, simply put, the one book every North American birder needs to have on the shelf. Beginners will find it attractive, easy to use, and portable; intermediate and advanced birders will refer to it again and again with profit—and with surprise at how much it can teach even the most experienced among us.” –The ABA Blog
 
“The 6th edition - thoroughly re-tooled by Jon Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer - contains more new material than any other previously published revision, and it is most impressive…The combination of organization, illustration, and design adds up to a book that should please birders at virtually any level of experience.” –Birding e-Bulletin
 
“It belongs in every birder’s library! From beginner to expert, it will be useful to any birder. And for those interested in geographic variation, it is a must.” –The Birder’s Library
 
“A must-have volume for birders of all abilities.” Dan Tallman’s Bird Blog
 
“This will be one of the most popular field guides in the hands of North American birders…[it is] the most up-to-date field guide on the market.” Birdingisfun.com

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." -Amazon.com

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

Library Journal
★ 09/01/2013
The most frequently revised guide available since the 1983 first edition. Notable for including all species recorded on the continent, the book offers more of an emphasis on races/subspecies than most other guides. For many birders at all levels, this conveniently sized text is their favorite.
bn.com
One of the classic bird guides, this is an essential volume for any birder's library.
School Library Journal
YA-An excellent choice for both beginning and expert birders. The highly appealing format is arranged by species for easy use, and is complemented by gorgeous illustrations. The readable text provides basic information on families, scientific names, plumage sequences, field marks, measurements, voices, behaviors, and habitats, as well as range maps. Practical tips on buying binoculars and telescopes are an added bonus. This is a natural companion to the regional field guides done by the Audubon Society (Houghton) and Peterson's Guides. National Geographic's volume has the most and the best pictures; Audubon presents the most facts; and Peterson gives additional bits of information that the others ignore. Essential for school and public library collections, Field Guide to the Birds of North America would also make an ideal gift.-Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426208287
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
34,599
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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From the Publisher
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." -Amazon.com

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

Meet 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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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.