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Field guide to the birds of North America.
National Geographic Society (U.S.)
Fourth edition, Fully revised and updated.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2002]

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480 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm
Loons -- Grebes -- Albatrosses -- Shearwaters, petrels -- Storm-petrels -- Frigatebirds; tropicbirds -- Boobies, gannets -- Pelicans -- Anhingas; cormorants -- Herons, bitterns, egrets -- Storks, flamingos -- Ibises, spoonbills -- Ducks, geese, swans -- New World vultures; hawks, kites, eagles -- Caracaras, falcons -- Chacalacas; partridges, grouse, turkeys -- New World quail -- Limpkin; rails, gallinules, coots -- Cranes -- Lapwings, plovers -- Jacanas; oystercatchers; stilts, avocets -- Sandpipers, phalaropes -- Skuas, gulls, terns, skimmers -- Auks, murres, puffins -- Pigeons, doves -- Parakeets, parrots -- Cuckoos, roadrunners, anis -- Owls -- Nightjars -- Swifts -- Hummingbirds -- Trogons -- Kingfishers -- Woodpeckers -- Tyrant flycatchers -- Shrikes -- Vireos -- Crows, jays, magpies -- Larks -- Swallows -- Wrentit; chickadees, titmice -- Verdins; bushtits -- Creepers; nuthatches -- Wrens -- Dippers -- Kinglets; Old World warblers, gnatcatchers -- Olds World flycatchers -- Thrushes, robins -- Mockingbirds, thrashers -- Bulbuls; starlings -- Accentors; wagtails, pipits -- Waxwings; silky-flycatchers -- Wood-warblers -- Olive warbler -- Tanagers -- Bananaquits; towhees, sparrows, longspurs, emberiza buntings -- Cardinals, grosbeaks, passerina buntings -- Blackbirds, orioles -- Finches -- Old World sparrows; estrildid finches, weavers.
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Aids in the identification of all species of birds known to breed in North America, describing their appearance, behavior, natural habitat, and rarity.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The fourth edition of this popular field guide adds some valuable features, including updated maps and taxonomic classifications. A new "quick-find" index of common groups refers experienced birders to the right page, fast, but won't be much use to novices. Nevertheless, the book's organization is clear, the illustrations are realistic and more colorful than ever, and the range maps are easy to understand. The guide covers all North American bird species, including seabirds. In his introduction to the new edition, Cornell ornithologist John W. Fitzpatrick motivates birders of all levels, extolling the virtues of this field guide in helping ordinary citizens add to the store of scientific knowledge. And he's right: marking the little checkboxes in the index as you spot each species is satisfying science that can be done by anyone, including kids. Another delightful feature is the phonetic spellings of bird calls, such as the "kakakowlp-kowlp" of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo or the "few-few-fawee" of the Western bluebird. This remains one of the best portable bird guides in publication, tough enough to take in the field, but detailed enough for hours of armchair browsing. 800 illustrations, 630 maps. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved