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Birds of North America (Kaufman Field Guides)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  151 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Collects photographs, range maps, and descriptive entries identifying the markings, habits, habitat, and voice of each species.
Paperback, 383 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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About myself: I've been birding for all of three months, not really taking walks for the purpose of birding or making IDs until this past Christmas Bird Count. So I imagine I fall right in the target demographic for this work. My impression of the several times I've built a stack of several guides to look at something I've seen is that the Sibley Guide and its Eastern and Western children compete with the National Geographic Field Guide for the top/experienced birder and comparisons between one...more
I am a total bird-nerd, and if you only own one bird field guide (and yes, I recognize that most people have no reason to even own one) this is the one to get. Many field guides are strictly photo images, and for many species, it can be incredibly difficult to get a photo representative of the way the bird actually looks. Others have only drawings, which can emphasize identifying marks, but seldom look enough like the actual bird to be of much use. This book takes real photos and digitally enhan...more
Joyce Robles
Easy and rewarding to use
Dec 01, 2007 Ipso rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: amateur birdwatchers
I really love the setup of this book. There's information on distribution, migration patterns, time-of-year to expect to see each bird in your region (via a distribution map for each species), and a description of the call. Images consist of a photo (or two) of each species, with arrowheads pointing to relevant characters, and a bit of tweaking to emphasize salient features (e.g., maybe brightening up a yellow cheek patch)
This field guide is great because the pictures actually look like the birds you're trying to spot! It has retouched digital images instead of drawings. Every time I look up a bird I find it quickly and don't have doubts about what it is. It's also great to have both Eastern and Western birds in one compact guide.
Andrew Boyle
Great birding guide for beginners and pros alike. The compiled photos that fill the book are all excellent examples of birds as they appear in the field.

This is the first guide I recommend to anyone who asks me for bird guide advice.
Hands down, this is the best field guide for birds I've been able to find. The digitally-enhanced photos make it so much easier to compare birds in the field to birds in the guide. The organization and descriptions are superb, too.
Jun 07, 2011 Alison added it
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The first guide (I think) to use digitally-edited photos of birds. I actually never use this one in the field, but it's interesting to compare the photos with what I've seen later on.
Spiderwickgirl Rummell
This is very descriptive, and really handy to have if you are an avid bird watcher. It has all real pictures, and plenty of info about the diffarent kinds of birds.
This one is even easier to use than my National Geographic guide, with photos instead of illustrations. Bought this on our roadtrip to CO and it was very handy!!
Easy to follow. Well organized. The pictures are actual photos that have been enhanced with a computer. Great for beginning birders like myself.
Liz Bromley
This book is my constant companion when hiking or traveling. It is so easy to find new birds and the descriptions are always spot on.
A fantastic field guide for Birds of North America. Well categorized and easy to identify species.
This is, by far, my new favorite field guide. Super easy to read, look at, and find birds.
I haven't compared it with it's competitors, but this is small, well-organized and comprehensive.
My main birding book. I find the pictures helpful and the layout well designed.
really great resource. using for refrence guide in college courses and it is very helpful
Jan 14, 2012 Nora rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to identify birds
Excellent field guide -- use it every time I go birding.
How to easily identify birds in my area.
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