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The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America
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The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America

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by Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes
 

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Reflecting years of research and observation of North American birds, the STOKES FIELD GUIDE includes more species, photos and useful identification information for birdwatchers than any other guide.

The guide features 853 North American bird species and more than 3,400 stunning color photographs. And yet it's portable enough to fit in your pocket!

Overview

Reflecting years of research and observation of North American birds, the STOKES FIELD GUIDE includes more species, photos and useful identification information for birdwatchers than any other guide.

The guide features 853 North American bird species and more than 3,400 stunning color photographs. And yet it's portable enough to fit in your pocket!

The photographs cover all significant plumages, including male, female, summer, winter, immature, morphs, important subspecies, and birds in flight. Also included:

  • The newest scientific and common names and phylogenetic order
  • Special help for identifying birds in flight through important clues of behavior, plumage, and shape
  • Detailed descriptions of songs and calls
  • Important behavioral information
  • Key habitat preferences of each species
  • The newest range maps, detailing species' winter, summer, year-round ranges, and migration routes
  • A special downloadable CD with more than 600 bird sounds (from Lang Elliott and Kevin Colver) and 150 photographs of common North American species.

Editorial Reviews

"If John James Audubon were alive today," write this book's authors, "he'd be using a digital camera, a large telephoto lens, and PhotoShop to create bird images." We suspect that this famed naturalist would also be seen toting a copy of The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. This "paperback plus" has it all: detailed entries for 853 continental bird species; 3,400 color photographs; and a bonus CD that features 663 bird sounds. No doubt about it: This authoritative 853-page guide is a must-have for any true bird lover.

From the Publisher
"Birders worldwide will eagerly welcome this comprehensive and all-inclusive new field guide from Donald and Lillian Stokes. Brimming with 3400 stunning photographs illustrating 854 species, this is unequivocally the most spectacular compendium of North American bird identification photographs ever assembled between two covers. ...this monumental volume offers birders the most up-to-date information on field identification of North American birds currently available. ...[it] significantly resets the bar for North America field guides."

Wayne Petersen, Massachusetts Audubon Society

"This is by far the most comprehensive North American field guide I have in my possession. [It] is so chock-full of quality photos, complete descriptions, maps and so forth...There are so many nice modern features that make this field guide extremely useful and user-friendly. I could go on and on...Yet another quality product from the Stokes, the endearing Ma & Pa of the birding world."—Robert Mortensen, Idaho Birding Blog

"[I]f one is going to own a photographic field guide for the birds of North America, the Stokes now have the most complete book on the market...The list of each species subspecies and hybrids is a wonderful touch; I can't think of any other field guide that ever included such information...you can't go wrong with this guide."—Cory Finger, 10,000 Birds Blog

"This is a glorious book put together with loving attention to detail...a superb, good-value field guide."—Mark Cocker, BBC Wildlife

"The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America is an easy-to-use, superbly designed field guide that is detailed enough to be useful for birders of all experience levels. Highly recommended, this field guide is sure to be a delightful addition to any birder's library."—About.com Birding Guide

About.com Birding Guide
"The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America is an easy-to-use, superbly designed field guide that is detailed enough to be useful for birders of all experience levels. Highly recommended, this field guide is sure to be a delightful addition to any birder's library."
Mark Cocker
"This is a glorious book put together with loving attention to detail...a superb, good-value field guide."
Cory Finger
"[I]f one is going to own a photographic field guide for the birds of North America, the Stokes now have the most complete book on the market...The list of each species subspecies and hybrids is a wonderful touch; I can't think of any other field guide that ever included such information...you can't go wrong with this guide."
Robert Mortensen
"This is by far the most comprehensive North American field guide I have in my possession. [It] is so chock-full of quality photos, complete descriptions, maps and so forth...There are so many nice modern features that make this field guide extremely useful and user-friendly. I could go on and on...Yet another quality product from the Stokes, the endearing Ma & Pa of the birding world."
Wayne Petersen
"Birders worldwide will eagerly welcome this comprehensive and all-inclusive new field guide from Donald and Lillian Stokes. Brimming with 3400 stunning photographs illustrating 854 species, this is unequivocally the most spectacular compendium of North American bird identification photographs ever assembled between two covers. ...this monumental volume offers birders the most up-to-date information on field identification of North American birds currently available. ...[it] significantly resets the bar for North America field guides."

Library Journal
09/01/2013
At 3.4 pounds, this book is too hefty for birders' pockets. It is the most complete photographic guide on the market, however, with 3,400 color shots of all phases of 854 species' appearance. The title also offers more text than most guides and a CD with calls/songs of 150 species. As with some other guides, there are discrete East and West versions: The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region and Western Region (both 2013).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316010504
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/25/2010
Pages:
791
Sales rank:
124,315
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Don and Lillian Stokes are widely recognized as America's foremost authorities on birds and nature. Their books include the bestselling Stokes Field Guide to Birds, the Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds, the Stokes Nature Guides, and the Stokes Backyard Nature Books. They live in New Hampshire and Georgia.

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The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After years of trying to discern which bird was which from the not so revealing photos in my very old Audubon bird guide I decided to find a better book. I'm thrilled I chose this one! I can actually see what the birds look like, including at different stages of their lives, from the wonderful variety of color photos. And beneath the photos is a concise description of everything I'd ever want to know about a particular bird's appearance, habitat, song sounds, and a tiny map inset of its range. There is a bonus CD included, with over "600 sounds and songs of 150 common birds..." This guide is packed with beautifully organized information and printed on heavy stock pages that are made to last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up in the store because of it's amazing photographs. I love that each bird has no less than 3 photos to help identify the birds you're looking at. However, it is most certainly NOT "portable enough to fit in your pocket", as listed in the description above. The thing weighs nearly 3 lbs. So be forewarned - it's a GREAT book, but it is NOT portable.
Little_John_Ks More than 1 year ago
The photos are sharp and clear of the birds, number of photos taken of different stages of the bird life is great learning tool. The range maps are nice addition, since I live in middle of USA there times I see birds from western states and now then birds from Texas and the gulf states. The book is not for the beginner but for the one with good working skills in watching birds. I enjoy watching the birds out my window and how the birds change over the seasons.
Zak_Meents More than 1 year ago
Very educational. I'm a beginner at birding and this book is everything I could have ever wanted. It's a big book - 1 1/2 inches thick. It also includes a bonus CD with a lot of bird calls and sounds. I have uploaded to my iPhone. You could also put the CD is your car. I would say that this book is perfect for the seasoned birder or the people who are just starting out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very pleased with transaction. Received book sooner than I expected.
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Norman24 More than 1 year ago
This is the book to have with the best photographs available and of the highest quality.. Donald and Lillian Stokes outdid themselves with this book... Simply the finest... Go to Barnes & Noble and have a look for yourselves, you'll want a copy too... I cannot do this book justice with words, you simply must experience it...