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American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Florida
     

American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Florida

by Brian E. Small (Photographer)
 

From the dunes and great river swamps of the Panhandle, the flat woods, scrubs, dry prairies, and wetlands of the Peninsula to the coral reefs of the Keys, the Sunshine State provides habitats for an amazing variety of birds. Florida is rich in protected and preserved habitats, including 11 National Parks, 171 State Parks and Trails, and 100 important Bird Areas.

Overview

From the dunes and great river swamps of the Panhandle, the flat woods, scrubs, dry prairies, and wetlands of the Peninsula to the coral reefs of the Keys, the Sunshine State provides habitats for an amazing variety of birds. Florida is rich in protected and preserved habitats, including 11 National Parks, 171 State Parks and Trails, and 100 important Bird Areas. Conservation organizations maintain many sanctuaries for wildlife throughout Florida, attracting birds and providing access for visitors to enjoy the outdoors. Written by expert birder Bill Pranty and filled with crisp, gorgeous color photography by Brian E. Small, American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Florida is the perfect companion for anyone learning more about the natural history and diversity of the state’s birds and when and where to see them.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/28/2015
This fine third installment in the American Birding Association's State Field Guide Series covers more than 70 categories of bird species for the entire state. Beginning with a substantial introduction that includes popular birding sites and a glossary of ornithological terms, this handbook provides a great overview of where, when, and how to birdwatch in the Sunshine State. Over 300 types of birds receive individual listings featuring key details. Some give exact spots to see the species ("One or more individuals usually winter at Castellow Hammock Park south of Miami") while others give interesting facts. ("The red-whiskered bulbul is native to India and was previously popular as a cagebird. In 1960, a few bulbuls imported from Calcutta escaped from a facility south of Miami.") The 545 accompanying photographs are beautiful, and they also act as the perfect complement to the text, allowing birders to use this guide as a fantastic identification tool. The combination of clear and concise writing and dynamic artwork makes this a birding guide that is as enjoyable to read in the house as it is comprehensive and informative in the field. (Dec.)
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"[T]he photographs are beautiful, and they also act as the perfect complement to the text, allowing birders to use this guide as a fantastic identification tool. The combination of clear and concise writing and dynamic artwork makes this a birding guide that is as enjoyable to read in the house as it is comprehensive and informative in the field." —Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
12/01/2014
"I can't think of a better place to start birding than Florida," says Jeffrey A. Gordon, president of the American Birding Association, in his introduction to this third entry (following Birds of Colorado and Birds of New Jersey) in this organization's state-focused series. Florida's many budding birding enthusiasts, including those permanent and migrating "snowbird" retiree populations, would likely agree. This palm-sized guide by birding expert Pranty and veteran nature photographer Small offers 545 color images, featuring over 300 bird species in natural habitats, organized by type of bird from waterfowl to finches. A complete state bird checklist, detailed state map, and several indexes are also provided. VERDICT A handy, portable primer for Florida bird watchers.—Judy Quinn, formerly with Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935622482
Publisher:
Scott & Nix, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2014
Series:
American Birding Association State Field
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
487,706
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Bill Pranty has been birding since age 14 and joined both the American Birding Association (ABA) and Florida Ornithological Society (FOS) in 1984. He has compiled bird sightings statewide for the FOS Field Observations Committee since 1992 and is a former member of the FOS Records Committee. He serves as chair of the ABA Checklist Committee and a technical reviewer for Birding magazine. He has contributed more than 275 publications to the ornithological and birding literature, including the ABA Checklist, A Birder’s Guide to Florida, and Birds of Florida. He lives in Port Richey, Florida. Brian E. Small is a professional bird and nature photographer with more than 20 years of experience. He served as the photo editor for the American Birding Association’s membership magazine Birding for the past 15 years. His father, Dr. Arnold Small, was one of the founding members and a former president of the ABA. He lives in Los Angeles.

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