National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America

Overview

New enthusiasts are flocking in record numbers to the fascinating pastime of birding. National Geographic has been meeting their need for clear and accurate information for 25 years with our million-selling Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Now, to better serve the expanding market, we’ve customized our field-guide format to offer unique coverage for birders east or west of the Rocky Mountains. These new volumes deliver in-depth information on every bird officially recorded in the specified area, with ...

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Overview

New enthusiasts are flocking in record numbers to the fascinating pastime of birding. National Geographic has been meeting their need for clear and accurate information for 25 years with our million-selling Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Now, to better serve the expanding market, we’ve customized our field-guide format to offer unique coverage for birders east or west of the Rocky Mountains. These new volumes deliver in-depth information on every bird officially recorded in the specified area, with illustrated accounts of the different plumages and life stages, along with hundreds of color-coded range maps.

Unique features set these guides apart from the competition and promise to win a new generation of readers: A full-color visual index, printed on the inside covers, makes the content accessible visually —a real boon to beginning and intermediate birders. Annotated artwork highlights birds’ key physical features, making identification easier. Thumb-tabs help readers find information fast. Durable covers stand up to outdoor use, with integrated quick-reference flaps that double as place-markers.Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America offers 750 regular species, 600 new range maps, 100 casual and accidental birds, and 55 rarities.

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The National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America first appeared in 1983. Now in 2008 it is also available in East and West editions. Conversely, Roger Tory Peterson's classic guides (East since 1934; West since 1941) after five and four editions, respectively, have finally been slightly revised and combined to cover all North America in Houghton Mifflin's recently published Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America. Regional or national guides, which are best? Most advanced birders prefer guides that cover all of North America, while inexperienced and occasional birders like regional guides, which are easier to handle, with fewer birds. These new National Geographic Society (NGS) guides employ minimal revision from the fifth edition of the North American volume. The range maps are slightly larger. The paintings, text, and maps are all of high quality and are suffused with the expertise and current, vast knowledge of the highly respected authors and their wide network of authoritative consultants. The NGS guides invest heavily in detailing subspecific (race) differences and include Latin trinomials, more than most lay birders want to know. But birds in life are complicated and defy the oversimplification inherent in most guides. The NGS basic guide includes all North American species, even the rarest, in contrast to any other guide. Whether to choose a regional or continental edition is a matter of personal preference. Highly recommended either way.
—Henry T. Armistead

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426203312
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 207,690
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Alderfer is a widely published author and field guide illustrator. He is co-author, with Jon L. Dunn, of National Geographic Birding Essentials, co-editor of National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 5th edition, and editor of National Geographic Complete Birds of North America. He is also chief consultant for the National Geographic Birding program.

Jon L. Dunn is an expert on the identification and distribution of North American birds. Dunn is a co-author of National Geographic Birding Essentials. He served as chief consultant for four previous editions of National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and as editor of the fifth.

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