Rare Birds of North America

Rare Birds of North America

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by Steve N. G. Howell, Ian Lewington, Will Russell
     
 

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Rare Birds of North America is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the vagrant birds that occur throughout the United States and Canada. Featuring 275 stunning color plates, this book covers 262 species originating from three very different regions--the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world's oceans. It explains the causes of

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Rare Birds of North America is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the vagrant birds that occur throughout the United States and Canada. Featuring 275 stunning color plates, this book covers 262 species originating from three very different regions--the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world's oceans. It explains the causes of avian vagrancy and breaks down patterns of occurrence by region and season, enabling readers to see where, when, and why each species occurs in North America. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, taxonomy, age, sex, distribution, and status.

Rare Birds of North America provides unparalleled insights into vagrancy and avian migration, and will enrich the birding experience of anyone interested in finding and observing rare birds.

  • Covers 262 species of vagrant birds found in the United States and Canada
  • Features 275 stunning color plates that depict every species
  • Explains patterns of occurrence by region and season
  • Provides an invaluable overview of vagrancy patterns and migration
  • Includes detailed species accounts and cutting-edge identification tips

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[An] impressive work. . . . The 275 plates by Ian Lewington are outstandingly clear. . . . A combination of thorough research and beauty."—Keith Betton, Bird Watching Magazine

"The identification texts here are probably the most advanced ever produced in a North American guide. This is an invaluable reference. . . . The book's value is not limited to American birders. There's a lot of great information here for the European audience, too. The informative comparisons between the Common Moorhen and Common Gallinule, Gray and Great Blue Herons, and Common and Wilson's Snipe are probably better than in any European guide. . . . Howell, Lewington, and Russell have done a fantastic job with this book. The illustrations, the detailed identification texts, and the original thought presented here make Rare Birds of North America a 'must-have' for the discerning birder."—Graham Etherington, Birding, ABA

"The book provides unparalleled insights into vagrancy and avian migration. . . . Serious birders will want a copy of Rare Birds of North America."—Frederic H. Brock, Wildlife Activist

"This will doubtless prove to be one of the most important birding books of 2014. It is a pleasure to browse through, an endless source of curious and surprising information and a key reference in the identification literature. So, a hearty approval from me. A wonderful book!"Curious Naturalist

"Clearly this is a must buy book for the passionate list keepers, particularly those who are strongly competitive. But there are good reasons for the rest of us owning this book. . . . It is an education of field observation just to read this book. It is great value for the price and a highly recommended purchase for all birders."—Roy John, Canadian Field-Naturalist

"This book is a must-buy for anyone visiting the vagrant traps of North America and should appeal to any birder with an interest in vagrancy or simply with a desire to increase their knowledge or identification skills."—David Hodkinson, BTO News

"[S]ome of the identification texts here are probably the most advanced ever produced in a North American guide. . . . These illustrations, the detailed texts, and the original thought the authors present all make Rare Birds of North America a must have for the discerning birder."—Graham Etherington, Birding

"It was with great anticipation that I waited to receive this book. I had been aware of its existence for a while, as I knew that Ian was working on the plates. But this book is more than just a showcase for Ian's work, it is a class act. The text is very well written, succinct and with the insight of great familiarity, and this book is a great addition to any birder's library."—Brian Small, British Birds

"This is an excellent text. It does a superb job of summarizing where and when to look for vagrants, and provides a valuable resource for identifying these rare birds. . . . Rare Birds of North America makes an excellent companion to contemporary field guides to the US and Canada and is highly recommended for anyone interested in North American vagrants and patterns of vagrancy."—Christopher J. Butler, IBIS

Library Journal
★ 03/01/2014
Howell (Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America), Ian Lewington (Rare Birds of Britain and Europe), and Will Russell (WINGS International Bird Tours) collaborate on the first comprehensive guide to rare birds occurring throughout the United States and Canada. "Rare" here means five or fewer individuals found annually since 1950. The book's introduction explains avian migration in general and vagrancy in particular; maps showing migratory routes (and paths taken in error) and tables listing patterns of occurrence by region and season make complex information intelligible. The authors' sifting of bird-sighting records for a period covering some six decades is impressive. Detailed accounts of 262 species comprise the bulk of the book. Lewington's lovely color illustrations are supported by the sort of information one expects to find in bird guides (e.g., key identification features, taxonomy, distribution, similar species, behaviors, etc.). VERDICT That we are enjoying a "golden age of bird [book] publishing," as another reviewer in these pages has said, is clearly exemplified by this work. The birding hobby's growing popularity means that its fervent fringe of "life-listers" is growing, too, and for them, or anyone with an eye for the unusual, this book will surely tantalize.—Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400848072
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/16/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
28 MB
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Meet the Author

Steve N. G. Howell is a research associate at PRBO Conservation Science and a staff leader with WINGS, an international bird tour company. His books include Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America (Princeton). Ian Lewington is one of the world’s finest bird illustrators. His books include Rare Birds of Britain and Europe. Will Russell is cofounder and managing director of WINGS.

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Rare Birds of North America 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Birds have to be real rare to make it into this book. I looked for Barnacle Goose and found it was not in this because it is too common a vagrant. Don't expect vagrants you are more likely to see to be in this book.