The Warbler Guide

The Warbler Guide

The Warbler Guide

The Warbler Guide


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A field guide that revolutionizes warbler identification

Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. This groundbreaking guide features more than 1,000 stunning color photos, extensive species accounts with multiple viewing angles, and an entirely new system of vocalization analysis that helps you distinguish songs and calls.

The Warbler Guide revolutionizes birdwatching, making warbler identification easier than ever before. For more information, please see the author videos on the Princeton University Press website.

  • Covers all 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada
  • Visual quick finders help you identify warblers from any angle
  • Song and call finders make identification easy using a few simple questions
  • Uses sonograms to teach a new system of song identification that makes it easier to understand and hear differences between similar species
  • Detailed species accounts show multiple views with diagnostic points, direct comparisons of plumage and vocalizations with similar species, and complete aging and sexing descriptions
  • New aids to identification include song mnemonics and icons for undertail pattern, color impression, habitat, and behavior
  • Includes field exercises, flight shots, general identification strategies, and quizzes
  • A complete, page-by-page audio companion to all of the 1,000-plus songs and calls covered by the book is available for purchase and download from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library by using the link at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691154824
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/07/2013
Edition description: Flexibound
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 183,944
Product dimensions: 8.62(w) x 6.26(h) x 1.48(d)

About the Author

Tom Stephenson's articles and photos have appeared in Birding and Bird Watcher's Digest, at, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. He has guided groups across the United States and Asia. A musician, he has had several Grammy and Academy Award winners as clients, and was director of technology at Roland Corporation. Scott Whittle lives in Cape May, New Jersey, and has twenty years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. He holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and is a onetime New York State Big Year record holder.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book 6

Icons and Key Terms 8

How to Use the Maps 10

Topographic Tour 12

What to Notice on a Warbler 16

Aging and Sexing Warblers 56

Understanding Sonograms 62

How to Listen to Warbler Songs 68

Learning Chip and Flight Calls 90

Visual Finder Guides 100

Warbler Song Finder Charts 116

Chip Call Finder 130

Flight Call Finder 134

Species Accounts 138

American Redstart Male 138

American Redstart F/1yM 146

Audubon's Bright 476

Audubon's Drab 480

Bay-breasted Bright 150

Bay-breasted Drab 156

Black-and-white 160

Blackburnian Bright 166

Blackburnian Drab 172

Blackpoll Spring 176

Blackpoll Fall 182

Black-throated Blue Male 186

Black-throated Blue Female 192

Black-throated Gray 196

Black-throated Green 202

Blue-winged 208

Brewster's 214

Canada 216

Cape May Bright 222

Cape May Drab 228

Cerulean 232

Chestnut-sided Bright 238

Chestnut-sided Drab 244

Colima 248

Common Yellowthroat AdM 254

Common Yellowthroat F/1yM 260

Connecticut Bright 264

Connecticut Drab 270

Crescent-chested 498

Fan-tailed 500

Golden-cheeked 274

Golden-crowned 502

Golden-winged 280

Grace's 286

Gray-crowned Yellowthroat 504

Hermit 294

Hooded 300

Kentucky 306

Kirtland's 312

Lawrence's 214

Louisiana Waterthrush 318

Lucy's 324

MacGillivray's Bright 330

MacGillivray's Drab 336

Magnolia Bright 340

Magnolia Drab 346

Mourning Bright 350

Mourning Drab 356

Myrtle Bright 476

Myrtle Drab 480

Nashville 360

Northern Parula 366

Northern Waterthrush 372

Olive Warbler 522

Orange-crowned 378

Ovenbird 384

Painted Redstart 390

Palm 396

Pine 402

Prairie 410

Prothonotary 416

Red-faced 422

Rufous-capped 506

Slate-throated 508

Swainson's 428

Tennessee 434

Townsend's 440

Tropical Parula 510

Virginia's 446

Wilson's 452

Worm-eating 460

Yellow 466

Yellow-breasted Chat 520

Yellow-rumped Bright 476

Yellow-rumped Drab 480

Yellow-throated 492

Similar Non-warbler Species 512

Hybrid Warblers 524

Quiz and Review 526

Warblers in Flight 534

North American Warbler Taxonomy 540

Measurements 542

Silhouettes 544

Habitat and Behavior 546

Glossary 549

Resources 555

Acknowledgments 557

Photo Credits 558

Index 559

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"The Warbler Guide arrived the other day and it is amazing! Such a complete compendium! [A]nd yet not daunting to someone just starting to love the 'jewels of the bird world' and getting past the 'all I can see is their bellies because they're up in the treetops!' . . . I can't wait to introduce it to my Illinois Audubon chapter members!"—Darlene Fiske

"The whole book has a refreshingly fresh approach. The authors and illustrator have put a lot of thought into how really to help us identify these birds. This is definitely not 'just another field guide'."—Mark Avery

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