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

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  323 ratings  ·  20 reviews
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 6th Edition contains the most all-new material since the first edition was published more than 25 years ago. The latest edition will include 300 new art figures; unique subspecies maps never before seen in a field guide; extensive migration information overlaid on species maps; field-mark labels on all artwork;...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by National Geographic (first published April 1st 1999)
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Stacy Mantle
As I will never be able to completely read every entry in this book, I wanted to leave a quick review on what I've gotten through so far. It's really a book designed for learning about (and identifying) different types of birds. The book is broken into different subspecies with a "quick find" index in the front along with a 'visual index" that I really appreciated. Each photo of bird includes a "migration map" that came in handy and helped me identify species that I wasn't sure about.

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This book (along with Sibley's) is, in my opinion, the best bird guide out there. Artists' drawings (instead of pictures) give you a better idea of what most birds will look like, rather than what the bird the photographer photographed looks like. A description of habits, habitats, and calls, along with a range map, are shown on the facing page, so you don't have to flip back and forth through the book. My one complaint is the way the book is ordered. Birds are arranged taxonomically, which is f...more
Sep 01, 2009 Joseph rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: birdwatchers, birders
This is a great field guide, particularly because it is the only one I have found so far that shows all the various appearances of the birds such as juvenile, first year, second year, breeding, spring, fall, western, eastern, etc. Most guides just show adult male and female and maybe juvenile, this guide has drawings that show so much more. It also includes maps that show the birds' range as well as a short paragraph describing it. The book is a bit thick to be carried around, but I think it is...more
This is not essential reading for Philippine birds but I love the presentation and the depth of the material being discussed. A few information here can help a birder in the Philippines, particularly the discussions on gulls, terns and scaups. Beautifully illustrated. Lovely to look at and leaf through.
Not quite to the level of Sibley, but one of the best available for North America. Although there are still some sub-par illustration in this sixth edition, there are far far fewer than there used to be. Highly recommended.
Fairly straightforward and easy to use, with good pictures and illustrations. Wish it had more detailed information about each bird species.
Probably my favorite bird field guide aside from the more thorough Sibley. Regularly updated, great illustrations, and very complete.
This is a good field guide for the money. It's perfect for beginning birders and students of ornithology.
Clif Smith
My favorite bird guide. . . I've bought three different editions and this is the best one yet!
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition by Jon L. Dunn (2006)
The fifth edition of this guide includes a really handy quick-find index and tabs. Yes, I'm a dork.
Laurie Stoll
Reference book. Filled with colorful pictures and information about birds.
Don Gubler
Excellent. It has advantages and drawbacks compared to other field guides.
Not really a book you fully "read", but a great reference to identifying birds
best field guide I have found for good pictures of birds. easy to use/identify.
Thom Walton
My second favorite guide, I've got the coffee table edition.
Julie Daines
This is my favorite of all the bird guides. And I have a lot.
In my opinion, the best bird identification book out there.
Keylor Andrews
pretty good for a starter book but I prefer Stokes
The best, bar none.
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Jonathan K. Alderfer is an art consultant and a bird artist whose illustrations appear in National Geographic field guides. He began his career as a painter in the 1980s as an illustrator of articles for The Western Tanager, the Los Angeles Audubon Society's newsletter.
Jonathan is an avid, expert birder.
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