National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition


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This fully revised edition of the best-selling North American bird field guide is the most up-to-date guide on the market. Perfect for beginning to advanced birders, it is the only book organized to match the latest American Ornithological Society taxonomy.

With more than 2.75 million copies in print, this perennial bestseller is the most frequently updated of all North American bird field guides. Filled with hand-painted illustrations from top nature artists (including the ever-popular hummingbird), this latest edition is poised to become an instant must-have for every serious birder in the United States and Canada. The 7th edition includes 37 new species for a total of 1,023 species; 16 new pages allow for 250 fresh illustrations; 80 new maps; and 350 map revisions. With taxonomy revised to reflect the radical new American Ornithological Society taxonomy established in 2016, the addition of standardized banding codes, and text completely vetted by birding experts, this new edition will top of the list of birding field guides for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426218354
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 11,987
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

JON L. DUNN is a leading expert on the identification and distribution of North American birds. He is a consultant for Birding magazine, and former chair of the American Birding Association's Checklist Committee. JONATHAN ALDERFER is chief consultant for National Geographic's Birding Program and a widely published author and field guide illustrator. One of the nation's foremost birding artists, he is well known for his authority on North American birds and his expertise as a field birdwatcher.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Ducks, Geese, and Swans 14

New World Quail 54

Curassows and Guans 58

Partridges, Grouse, Turkeys, and Old World Quail 58

Grebes 68

Flamingos 70

Pigeons and Doves 72

Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis 80

Goatsuckers 84

Swifts 88

Hummingbirds 92

Limpkin 104

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots 106

Cranes 112

Stilts and Avocets 114

Oystercatchers 114

Lapwings and Plovers 116

Jacanas 122

Sandpipers 124

Skuas and Jaegers 162

Auks, Murres, and Puffins 166

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers 180

Tropicbirds 214

Loons 216

Albatrosses 220

Shearwaters and Petrels 224

Storm-Petrels 240

Storks 246

Frigatebirds 246

Boobies and Gannets 248

Cormorants 252

Darters 256

Pelicans 256

Herons, Bitterns, and Allies 258

Ibises and Spoonbills 265

New World Vultures 268

Osprey 270

Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies 270

Barn Owls and Typical Owls 294

Trogons 302

Kingfishers 304

Woodpeckers and Allies 306

Caracaras and Falcons 320

Old World Parrots 326

African and New World Parrots 326

Tyrant Flycatchers 334

Becards, Tityras, and Allies 354

Shrikes 356

Vireos 358

Crows and Jays 364

Larks 374

Swallows 376

Chickadees and Titmice 382

Penduline Tits and Verdins 386

Long-tailed Tits and Bushtits 386

Nuthatches 388

Creepers 390

Wrens 390

Gnatcatchers and Gnatwrens 396

Dippers 398

Kinglets 398

Sylviid Warblers 398

Leaf Warblers 400

Grasshopper-Warblers 402

Old World Flycatchers and Chats 404

Thrushes 408

Mockingbirds and Thrashers 416

Bulbuls 422

Starlings 422

Waxwings 424

Silky-flycatchers 424

Olive Warbler 425

Accentors 426

Indigobirds and Whydahs 426

Weavers 426

Estrildid Finches 428

Old World Sparrows 428

Wagtails and Pipits 430

Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies 434

Longspurs and Snow Buntings 446

Wood-Warblers 452

Western Spindalis (Incertae sedis) 484

Tanagers 484

Emberizids 486

Cardinals and Allies 518

Blackbirds 530

Accidentals and Extinct Species 546

Subspecies Maps 564

Appendix: AOS (NACC) and ABA Checklist Differences; Greenland and Bermuda 576

Art Credits 576

Acknowledgments 580

Index 581

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