Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide


Identifying shorebirds can be a challenge—and having a field guide specifically devoted to the species gives any birder an edge. Yet until now, no guide has illustrated or described the complete range of North and Central American shorebirds.Dennis Paulson's book more than corrects that deficiency. This beautifully illustrated volume represents the first complete guide to North and Central American shorebirds ever published.Unlike other guide books, which have traditionally relied on paintings to represent ...

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Identifying shorebirds can be a challenge—and having a field guide specifically devoted to the species gives any birder an edge. Yet until now, no guide has illustrated or described the complete range of North and Central American shorebirds.Dennis Paulson's book more than corrects that deficiency. This beautifully illustrated volume represents the first complete guide to North and Central American shorebirds ever published.Unlike other guide books, which have traditionally relied on paintings to represent shorebirds, this one contains an extensive series of striking photographs—most never published before. More than 530 photos illustrate all shorebird species in their varied plumage, and are accompanied by text that points out the variation within common species.The book also includes identification tips and ways for distinguishing shorebirds from all similar species, at rest and in flight. Brief descriptions of voice, behavior, habitat, and range are given for each species.First complete guide to North American and Central American shorebirdsMore than 530 striking photosIdentification tipsDescriptions of voice, behavior, habitat, and range

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Editorial Reviews

Audubon Magazine blog
The core of Paulson's guide is the excellent photographs illustrating the birds in most of their plumages, and the excellent text. Paulson takes the more traditional approach of identifying birds primarily by field marks, size and plumage.
— Wayne Mones
Birding World
A mouth-watering browse, but also a great reference resource. . . . There have been several photographic guides to waders over the years, but this is not 'just another one'—and do not let the title restrict your thinking; this book is just as useful in Europe and Asia as it is in North America. It works as a field guide (almost pocketable, with a wipe-clean cover), but really it is an expert identification handbook. . . . [I]t should be on every birder's shelf.
— Richard Millington
British Columbia Birds
This is an excellent, well executed publication and easily meets the high standards set by Dr. Paulson's previous books. For those of you that are up to the challenges of mastering shorebird identification, this is a definite, must-have addition to your library.
— Andy Stewart
This is clearly a book intended to be used in the field. Do not leave it on the shelf.
— Al Grass
Indiana Audubon Quarterly
The present work is an excellent guide to some 94 shorebirds that occur in North America. . . . The book is definitely a good one and one that should be in every field devotee's backpack.
— Charles E. Keller
Kennebec Journal
This fine guide covers all of the 94 species of shorebirds that have been documented in North America. The coverage includes familiar species and rarities. For every species, information is provided on size, plumages, identification, voice, behavior, habitat and range. Each species has multiple photographs, all of exceptional quality. This book will be a valuable addition to any birder's library.
— Herb Wilson
South Dakota Bird Notes
With over 530 superb photograths, this book is a great aid for shorebird identification. It rates a prominent place in your bird library and probably should be brought into the filed whenever you have a chance of seeing shorebirds.
— Dan Tallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691102740
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2005
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Paulson is Director of the Slater Museum of Natural History and teaches biology at the University of Puget Sound. He has written or co-authored more than 70 scientific papers and six books, including "A Guide to Bird Finding in Washington, Exotic Birds, Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest, National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest, Dragonflies of Washington", and "Alaska; The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide".
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Anatomy 2
Plumage Variation 3
Molt 12
Identification 13
Behavior 14
Vocalizations 15
Distribution 16
Conservation 16
Species Accounts 18
Photos and Captions 19
Thick-knees 21
1 Double-striped Thick-knee 21
Plovers 23
Lapwings 23
2 Northern Lapwing 23
3 Southern Lapwing 26
Tundra Plovers 28
4 Black-bellied Plover 28
5 European Golden-Plover 33
6 American Golden-Plover 36
7 Pacific Golden-Plover 40
Ringed Plovers 44
8 Greater Sand-Plover 44
9 Lesser Sand-Plover 48
10 Collared Plover 51
11 Snowy Plover 53
12 Wilson's Plover 57
13 Common Ringed Plover 60
14 Semipalmated Plover 64
15 Piping Plover 67
16 Little Ringed Plover 70
17 Killdeer 73
18 Mountain Plover 76
19 Eurasian Dotterel 79
Oystercatchers 82
20 Eurasian Oystercatcher 82
21 American Oystercatcher 84
22 Black Oystercatcher 87
Stilts and Avocets 89
23 Black-winged Stilt 89
24 Black-necked Stilt 91
25 American Avocet 94
Jacanas 97
26 Northern Jacana 97
27 Wattled Jacana 99
Sandpipers 101
Tringine Sandpipers 101
28 Common Greenshank 101
29 Greater Yellowlegs 105
30 Lesser Yellowlegs 108
31 Marsh Sandpiper 111
32 Common Redshank 114
33 Spotted Redshank 117
34 Wood Sandpiper 120
35 Green Sandpiper 123
36 Solitary Sandpiper 126
37 Willet 130
38 Wandering Tattler 134
39 Gray-tailed Tattler 137
40 Common Sandpiper 140
41 Spotted Sandpiper 143
42 Terek Sandpiper 146
Curlews 149
43 Upland Sandpiper 149
44 Little Curlew 152
45 Eskimo Curlew 155
46 Whimbrel 157
47 Bristle-thighed Curlew 162
48 Far Eastern Curlew 165
49 Slender-billed Curlew 168
50 Eurasian Curlew 170
51 Long-billed Curlew 173
Godwits 176
52 Black-tailed Godwit 176
53 Hudsonian Godwit 180
54 Bar-tailed Godwit 184
55 Marbled Godwit 190
Turnstones 193
56 Ruddy Turnstone 193
57 Black Turnstone 198
Calidridine Sandpipers 201
58 Surfbird 201
59 Great Knot 205
60 Red Knot 208
61 Sanderling 213
Stints 217
62 Semipalmated Sandpiper 218
63 Western Sandpiper 224
64 Red-necked Stint 228
65 Little Stint 233
66 Temminck's Stint 238
67 Long-toed Stint 242
68 Least Sandpiper 246
More Calidridines 251
69 White-rumped Sandpiper 251
70 Baird's Sandpiper 255
71 Pectoral Sandpiper 259
72 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 264
73 Purple Sandpiper 269
74 Rock Sandpiper 272
75 Dunlin 279
76 Curlew Sandpiper 285
77 Stilt Sandpiper 289
78 Spoon-billed Sandpiper 293
79 Broad-billed Sandpiper 296
80 Buff-breasted Sandpiper 300
81 Ruff 302
Dowitchers 308
82 Short-billed Dowitcher 308
83 Long-billed Dowitcher 316
Snipes 321
84 Jack Snipe 321
85 Wilson's Snipe 323
86 Common Snipe 326
87 Pin-tailed Snipe 329
Woodcocks 331
88 Eurasian Woodcock 331
89 American Woodcock 333
Phalaropes 335
90 Wilson's Phalarope 335
91 Red-necked Phalarope 340
92 Red Phalarope 344
Pratincoles and Coursers 349
93 Collared Pratincole 349
94 Oriental Pratincole 351
References 355
Index 359
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2005

    At Last!! Confusing Shorebirds Made Easy!

    For every level of bird enthusiast, this is 'how' a guide book should be created! Shorebird identification has never been simple, but this format using over 500 wonderful photos depicting not just age or seasonal differences, but even regional discrepancies within species has finally demystified what for me has become the Holy Grail of birding...the confusing shorebirds! Aesthetically, it is also a splendid addition to any birder's book collection, featuring images from some of the best avian photographers of North America, such as the author himself, Brian Small, Sharon Brown, and Stuart MacKay! I love it and highly recommend it's addition in every birder's backpack and bookshelf!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2005

    No Herons, ducks or anything other than Sandpiper-like birds...

    I was thinking this book would cover everything that you would typically find near salt water and marshes, like Herons, Ducks, Widgeons, Loons, Geese, Gulls, etc. It only covers a very narrow range of sandpiper, plover and stints. However, if that is what you want, this appears to be a very nice book with a heavy-duty cover.

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