Common Birds of Greater Atlanta

Common Birds of Greater Atlanta

by Jim Wilson, Anselm Atkins


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Common Birds of Greater Atlanta by Jim Wilson, Anselm Atkins

Designed for beginning birders and nature enthusiasts alike, this easy-to-use guide presents sixty-one of the most common species of birds in the greater Atlanta area.

The guide features large color photographs throughout for immediate identification and is conveniently organized by bird size, starting with very small birds, such as the ruby-throated hummingbird, and progressing to larger species, such as the great blue heron. Information for each bird species includes common and scientific names, distinguishing marks and characteristics, and descriptions of bird calls, typical habitats, and nesting and feeding behaviors. Accounts also show variations in plumage according to sex, age, and season. The perfect companion for every backyard birder, Common Birds of Greater Atlanta also serves as an excellent introduction to birding, bird identification, and conservation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820338255
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Series: Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,194,051
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jim Wilson is the author of five bird identification guides including Common Birds of Coastal Georgia (Georgia). He is past president of the Atlanta Audubon Society and served as Important Bird Areas coordinator for the state of Georgia from 2000 to 2006. Anselm Atkins edited the Atlanta Audubon Society’s newsletter Wingbars for sixteen years and is also author of the books Nature Through a Lens Brightly and The Notebooks of Lana Skimnest.

Table of Contents


Species Accounts (arranged by size)

Very Small Size (3"-5")
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet / Golden-crowned Kinglet
Carolina Chickadee
American Goldfinch
House Wren
Indigo Bunting
Chipping Sparrow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Carolina Wren
Pine Warbler

Small Size (5"-6")
Field Sparrow
Red-eyed Vireo
White-breasted Nuthatch
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch / Purple Finch
House Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Bluebird
Downy Woodpecker / Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Cedar Waxwing
White-throated Sparrow

Medium Size (6"-10")
European Starling
Brown-headed Cowbird
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Towhee
Red-headed Woodpecker
Northern Cardinal
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Screech-Owl
American Robin
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Blue Jay

Large Size (10"-17")
Mourning Dove
Northern Flicker
Common Grackle
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Wood Duck
Green Heron
Pileated Woodpecker
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Very Large Size (17"-38")
American Crow
Barred Owl
Red-tailed Hawk
Great Horned Owl
Black Vulture / Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron

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