The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

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The Sibley Guide to Birds has quickly become the new standard of excellence in bird identification guides, covering more than 810 North American birds in amazing detail. Now comes a new portable guide from David Sibley that every birder will want to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this new guide features 703 bird species plus regional populations found west of the Rocky Mountains. Accounts include stunningly accurate illustrations?more than 4,600 in total?with descriptive caption text pointing ...
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Overview

The Sibley Guide to Birds has quickly become the new standard of excellence in bird identification guides, covering more than 810 North American birds in amazing detail. Now comes a new portable guide from David Sibley that every birder will want to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this new guide features 703 bird species plus regional populations found west of the Rocky Mountains. Accounts include stunningly accurate illustrations—more than 4,600 in total—with descriptive caption text pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry contains new text concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Accounts also include brand-new maps created from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent.

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
is an indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative and portable guide to the birds of the West.
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Editorial Reviews

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Sibley soars to excellence yet again. Based on his previous volume, The Sibley Guide to Birds, these smaller regional editions provide the portability that birders require. All the qualities to be expected in a field guide are here: concise species description (status, habitat, behavior, and voice), comparisons with similar species, field marks, range maps, the inclusion of exotics, and a good binding (able to withstand both field and rugged armchair testing). Image reproduction is crisp, colors are distinct, shading shows well, and despite the very small size, range map colors are clear. A detailed index (which includes both common and scientific name) and a quick index with family-level common names (e.g., owl, sparrow, and gull) provide additional access. Sibley has accomplished the difficult task of condensing his previous guide to practical field size. Consider these essential purchases for all collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/02.]-Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679451211
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/29/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 81,081
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Allen Sibley
David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of a series of highly acclaimed books about birds and birding. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award presented by the American Birding Association for a lifetime of achievement. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.
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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Changed my life! Much better than other field guides I've encountered.

    Beautifully illustrated. Easier to use than Peterson - each page has only two or three species on it, lending it a less cluttered quality, and each species is accompanies by a map of where and when it can be found, which is more convenient than other guies which tend to have several pages of tiny maps in the back, as an appendix, out of context. This is, simply put, the best guide available. Sure to make a lifetime birder out of almost anyone who loves nature.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

    Best bird guide on the market

    Sibley's is the one bird guide that is with me all the time. I usually carry something with photographs as well, but the additional book varies upon area where my Sibley's is with me every time. It is the most useful and accurate field guide I have and I particularly like the way is shows the bird in flight as well as perched. I can't imagine birding without it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    Best Bird Guide I've Ever Seen

    Beautiful guide! I've used this for a few years and just love it. The drawings are simply lovely and make it easy to identify the bird. The only downside is that the binding is not very durable and does not work well for a field guide. Other than that, it is one of the best bird guides on the market.

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