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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

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Birding is the fastest growing wildlife-related activity in the U.S., and even conservative estimates put the current number of U.S. birders at 50 million. According to the New York Times, some authorities predict that by 2050 there will be more than 100 million and the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America will be the essential reference for field ...more
Paperback, Fifth Edition , 504 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by National Geographic (first published January 1st 1983)
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Wesam Karam
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
woww :)
Baca
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is meant to be read in snippets, all cozied up in bed each night, per its name, so I have to confess that cover-to-cover does not work quite so well. Suddenly, a whole section on how humans kill, eat, and use birds for their own purposes becomes incredibly depressing when read all in one go. In fact, the book as a whole focuses primarily on humanity's relationship with birds, not simply birds themselves. It's a key distinction, and ultimately I found myself wishing the book offered mo ...more
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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Molly
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, non-fiction
I previously had the 3rd edition, and there are some good improvements. I love the quick find index on the front flap of the book. This is going to make flipping to a specific bird a lot easier than sifting through the index in the back. I look forward to having that handy in the field. The range maps for each bird are bigger, and seem more detailed. I wish they had kept the little boxes next to each bird species in the index, which I use to keep track of my life list. The illustrations and deta ...more
Gwyn
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mine, nonfiction
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
Joseph
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Cindy
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had considered myself a Sibley Guide user. This new NG edition has made me a convert!

I like to bring the Kaufman Bird Guide in my pack while walking about, because it's small and packed with so much info. Plus I like the presentation of the photos for id.

But this guide is now the definitive book to stash in the car and to thumb through while at the house.
Mads
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Susan
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, it took me a full 2 months to work my way through this encyclopedic work on
birds, but I loved doing it. It all started
when I couldn't identify which finch was
on my balcony...the journey through this
book was well worth it!
Jonathon
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
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.
Clif Smith
Oct 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
My favorite bird guide. . . I've bought three different editions and this is the best one yet!
Thomas Walton
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
My second favorite guide, I've got the coffee table edition.
Karine
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first ever bird book and my favorite. I've bought many since, but always go back to this one. Sibley's is a close second.

Fantastic for helping identify new species!
CJ
Nov 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
best field guide I have found for good pictures of birds. easy to use/identify.
Keylor Andrews
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
pretty good for a starter book but I prefer Stokes
James
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, the best bird identification book out there.
Bob
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mine
comprehensive - covers every species recorded in North America north of Mexico (not including Bermuda or Hawaii), and includes subspecies distributions on 96 range maps. Text and art excellent.
Jadwega
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fairly straightforward and easy to use, with good pictures and illustrations. Wish it had more detailed information about each bird species.
Greta
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: birding
Very comprehensive but some of the range maps were small and hard to distinguish.
John
Dec 02, 2010 added it
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition by Jon L. Dunn (2006)
Ethan
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The best, bar none.
John
Dec 02, 2010 added it
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition by Jon L. Dunn (2006)
Sarah Lindquist
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Has been extremely helpful in my bird photography as I am now able to identify most species that come my way without it.
Kirsten
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Probably my favorite bird field guide aside from the more thorough Sibley. Regularly updated, great illustrations, and very complete.
Niki
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a good field guide for the money. It's perfect for beginning birders and students of ornithology.
Mike
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Not really a book you fully "read", but a great reference to identifying birds
Kat Bourgeois
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-fun
This is a terrific guide for birding! Illustrations are beautiful and are excellent for bird identification.
Don Gubler
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Excellent. It has advantages and drawbacks compared to other field guides.
Leslie
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Dolores F. Vorters
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