Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region

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The easiest-to-use and most comprehensive field guide to North American birds-from the country's preeminent writers on birds and nature Drawing on more than twenty years' experience as bird and wildlife experts, Donald and Lillian Stokes have produced field guides that are factually, visually, and organizationally superior to any other books you can buy. You'll find:
• All the identification information on a single page-color photographs, range...

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Overview

The easiest-to-use and most comprehensive field guide to North American birds-from the country's preeminent writers on birds and nature Drawing on more than twenty years' experience as bird and wildlife experts, Donald and Lillian Stokes have produced field guides that are factually, visually, and organizationally superior to any other books you can buy. You'll find:
• All the identification information on a single page-color photographs, range map, and detailed description. No more fumbling to match photos with text!
• For fast reference-a compact alphabetical index inside the front and back covers.
• More than 900 high-resolution color identification photographs.
• An illustrated Quick Guide to the most common backyard and feeder birds.
• Convenient colored tabs keyed to each bird group.
• Concise and comprehensive text, with information on habitat; plumage variation; feeding, nesting, and mating behavior; bird feeder proclivity; and-for the first time in any guide-population trends and conservation status.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Together these new field guides cover the continental United States except western Alaska and Canada; the 100th meridian is the dividing line between regions. In each volume, the taxonomically arranged species accounts mostly one per page; occasionally two similar species are combined include common and scientific names; one to three color photos; terse comments on identifying features, feeding, nesting, other behavior, habitat, voice, and population trends; and a range map. Special "learning pages" precede some difficult groups like gulls and sparrows. Most species of regular occurrence in the region are included; a few extremely local rarities are omitted. The text is clearly written, accurate, and up-to-date; the 1995 AOU American Ornithologists' Union Checklist changes are included. With so many other North American bird guides from the Audubon Society, Roger Tory Peterson, and others currently in print, any new guide should meet some special need. These works are particularly suited to novice birders. Putting all the data about a species on a single page facilitates use e.g., it isn't possible to depict every varying plumage of all species, and the intentional omission of rarities that barely reach the region is valid. The inclusion of population data is unique and valuable. These titles supplement but do not supplant existing guides; the appropriate regional volume is recommended for public and academic libraries.Paul B. Cors, Univ. of Wyoming Lib., Laramie
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Notable for its numerous identification keys including a quick, full-color visual guide to the most common backyard birds, a quick alphabetical index on the inside covers (as well as a complete one within) and a color tab index to bird groups. Superb color photographs include relevant plumage variations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316818094
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 1/29/1996
  • Series: Stokes Nature Guides
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 610,475
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2006

    Great Guide for Beginners

    This is the best guide on the market for beginning and back-yard birdwatchers. Great reference book for more experienced birders because of behavior and conservation material.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Not well edited

    The descriptions and photos of the birds are great but there are errors. They put in many species that are not found in the east: Rufous-crowned sparrow, pauraque, canyon wren, cave swallow, road runner, scissortailed flycatcher & pyrrhuloia & many more (I do not think species limited to texas & mexico are in the east). So when I saw something and wanted to look it up, it is more to search through and more to distract you and more time for the bird to get away without positive ID. It's a bit on the heavy side too. On the other hand: The photos are more true to life than many I was able to find online & more representative of "typical" bird than most. In particular, the hawk pages are pretty good: they have flying & roosting birds (most of the time I see flying so many books show roosting not so helpful). There are "teaching pages" which are good overview too. Overall, it is a decent reference, but not my "in field" guide, but I do bring it in the car.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    This is the best of the birding books for a backyarder/weekender

    The color pictures are outstanding, the descriptions are clear and concise, and the organization is well thought out and easy to use. I also use the Audoubon Society's books but find this to be better for my casual use.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    The best field guide!

    This book is quick and easy to use and not too big to carry along in a backpack. It has beautiful pictures, short but thorough discussion of each of several hundred birds. I bought this as a gift for my daughter because I have used mine daily for the last three years. It far surpasses the field guide I used for the twenty years before.

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