Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia: A Guide to Field Identification

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Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia is a quick-reference field guide to the sandpipers, plovers, stints, and other shorebirds found on these continents. The exhaustive and superbly detailed color plates show the birds at rest and in flight, and in every plumage variant likely to be encountered. Species are treated plumage by plumage alongside images of similar species they are otherwise likely to be confused with. Succinct text on pages facing the plates summarizes the key identification features of ...

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Overview

Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia is a quick-reference field guide to the sandpipers, plovers, stints, and other shorebirds found on these continents. The exhaustive and superbly detailed color plates show the birds at rest and in flight, and in every plumage variant likely to be encountered. Species are treated plumage by plumage alongside images of similar species they are otherwise likely to be confused with. Succinct text on pages facing the plates summarizes the key identification features of appearance, voice, and behavior. There is a color distribution map for each of the described species. This guide provides fast, easy, and reliable field identification of this challenging group of birds.

  • 80 color plates show full range of plumage types of all species covered
  • Concise facing text treats appearance, voice, and behavior
  • Clear color distribution map for each species
  • Definitive pictorial guide to the shorebirds of these continents
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Editorial Reviews

Houston Chronicle
Its best feature is its division into two major sections, the first showing illustrations of shorebirds in standing poses and the second showing them in flight. Few shorebird identification guides give adequate space to shorebirds in flight. It's a great addition because extended wings may show patterns hidden by folded wings at rest.
— Gary Clark
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
This is a handsome group of birds and the book's fine illustrations allow you to get to know these beauties better. In addition, the illustrations (by Stephen Message) are much larger than those in your average guide book. That makes it easy to see plumage detail, which can be very important when identifying shorebirds.
— Jim Williams
Birding
How well does the book perform as a photographic guide? I used it this summer to solve a couple of questions I had . . . and it worked perfectly. How well does it perform as a book of bird photography? Even better. . . . [Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia] is excellent and deserves a place on the waterbird enthusiast's bookshelf.
— James A. Kushlan
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is a handsome group of birds and the book's fine illustrations allow you to get to know these beauties better. In addition, the illustrations (by Stephen Message) are much larger than those in your average guide book. That makes it easy to see plumage detail, which can be very important when identifying shorebirds.
— Jim Williams
Birding - James A. Kushlan
How well does the book perform as a photographic guide? I used it this summer to solve a couple of questions I had . . . and it worked perfectly. How well does it perform as a book of bird photography? Even better. . . . [Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia] is excellent and deserves a place on the waterbird enthusiast's bookshelf.
Houston Chronicle - Gary Clark
Its best feature is its division into two major sections, the first showing illustrations of shorebirds in standing poses and the second showing them in flight. Few shorebird identification guides give adequate space to shorebirds in flight. It's a great addition because extended wings may show patterns hidden by folded wings at rest.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune - Jim Williams
This is a handsome group of birds and the book's fine illustrations allow you to get to know these beauties better. In addition, the illustrations (by Stephen Message) are much larger than those in your average guide book. That makes it easy to see plumage detail, which can be very important when identifying shorebirds.
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"How well does the book perform as a photographic guide? I used it this summer to solve a couple of questions I had . . . and it worked perfectly. How well does it perform as a book of bird photography? Even better. . . . [Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia] is excellent and deserves a place on the waterbird enthusiast's bookshelf."—James A. Kushlan, Birding

"Its best feature is its division into two major sections, the first showing illustrations of shorebirds in standing poses and the second showing them in flight. Few shorebird identification guides give adequate space to shorebirds in flight. It's a great addition because extended wings may show patterns hidden by folded wings at rest."—Gary Clark, Houston Chronicle

"This is a handsome group of birds and the book's fine illustrations allow you to get to know these beauties better. In addition, the illustrations (by Stephen Message) are much larger than those in your average guide book. That makes it easy to see plumage detail, which can be very important when identifying shorebirds."—Jim Williams, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691126715
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2006
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Message is a professional bird artist whose work has appeared in several books, including Bill Oddie's "Birds of Britain and Ireland". Don Taylor is a well-known birder in the United Kingdom. His books include "Where to Watch Birds in Kent, Surrey, and Sussex", and he has published extensively in U.K. birding magazines. He has traveled widely and has seen all but a handful of the world's 216 shorebird species.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Acknowledgements 8
Introduction 9
Overview of wader families 9
How to use this guide 12
How to identify waders at rest 13
Topography of waders at rest 14
Bills 16
Feet and legs 16
Structure 17
Size and colour 18
Moult 19
Feather patterns 24
Plumage variations 25
Behaviour 25
Feeding 26
Display 29
Feigning injury 30
How to identify waders in flight 31
Topography of waders in flight 32
Behaviour 34
Colour plates: Waders at rest
Explanation of the species accounts 35
1 Painted Snipe, Crab Plover and Ibisbill 36
2 Oystercatchers 38
3 Stilts 40
4 Avocets 42
5 Thick-knees 44
6 Egyptian Plover and coursers 46
7 Pratincoles 48
8 Lapwings 50
9 Eurasian Golden and Grey Plovers 52
10 Pacific and American Golden Plovers 54
11 Ringed Plovers 56
12 Wilson's Plover and Killdeer 58
13 Kentish and Piping Plovers 60
14 Sand Plovers 62
15 Caspian and Mountain Plovers, and Dotterel 64
16 Asian Plovers and Lapwings 66
17 Great Snipe and woodcocks 68
18 Swinhoe's, Latham's, Wood and Solitary Snipes 70
19 Jack, Common, Wilson's and Pintail Snipes 72
20 Dowitchers 74
21 Eurasian godwits 76
22 American godwits 78
23 Upland Sandpiper and Little Curlew 80
24 Smaller curlews 82
25 Larger curlews 84
26 Redshanks 86
27 Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank and Willet 88
28 Yellowlegs and tattlers 90
29 Wood, Solitary and Green Sandpipers 92
30 Spotted, Common and Terek Sandpipers 94
31 Turnstones and Surfbird 96
32 Asian specialities 98
33 Sanderling and knots 100
34 Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers 102
35 Dark-legged stints 104
36 Pale-legged stints 106
37 White-rumped and Baird's Sandpipers 108
38 Pectoral, Sharp-tailed and Buff-breasted Sandpipers 110
39 Dunlin and Curlew Sandpiper 112
40 Broad-billed, Rock and Purple Sandpipers 114
41 Stilt Sandpiper and Ruff 116
42 Phalaropes 118
43 North American rarities 120
44 Oriental vagrants 122
45 African vagrants 124
Colour plates: Waders in flight
Explanation of the species accounts 127
46 Painted Snipe, jacanas and Ibisbill 128
47 Crab Plover and oystercatchers 130
48 Avocets and stilts 132
49 Thick-knees 134
50 Coursers and Egyptian Plover 136
51 Pratincoles 138
52 Lapwings 140
53 Southern lapwings and Great Thick-knee 142
54 Large plovers 144
55 Ringed plovers 146
56 Killdeer, and Wilson's, Collared and Piping Plovers 148
57 Kentish, Kittlitz's and Three-banded Plovers 150
58 Sand Plovers, Caspian and Oriental Plovers and Dotterel 152
59 Woodcocks and Great Snipe 154
60 Common, Wilson's, Pintail and Jack Snipes 156
61 Swinhoe's, Solitary, Latham's and Wood Snipes 158
62 Bar-tailed Godwit and dowitchers 160
63 Willet and godwits 162
64 Smaller curlews and Upland Sandpiper 164
65 Whimbrel and Bristle-thighed Curlew 166
66 Larger curlews 168
67 Greenshanks, Spotted Redshank and Marsh Sandpiper 170
68 Yellowlegs and tattlers 172
69 Wood, Solitary and Green Sandpipers 174
70 Spotted, Common and Terek Sandpipers, and Redshank 176
71 Turnstones and Surfbird 178
72 Stints and Spoon-billed Sandpiper 180
73 American sandpipers and Long-toed Stint 182
74 'White-rumped' sandpipers and knots 184
75 'Dark-rumped' sandpipers and Ruff 186
76 Purple, Rock and Broad-billed Sandpipers, and Dunlin 188
77 Phalaropes and Sanderling 190
Appendices
A Upperpart flight patterns 193
i) Nearctic 194
ii) Western Palearctic 196
iii) Eastern Palearctic 198
B Underpart flight patterns 200
C Systematic list 203
Bibliography 216
Index 218
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