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Title:
Reference atlas to the birds of North America
Author:
Baughman, Mel M.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
480 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780792233732
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This timely companion to the bestselling National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America includes stunning color photos, the latest maps, and accessible yet authoritative information that every birder can enjoy.


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Booklist Review

Go to your shelf and take a look at your National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America (2002). What you'll find is a detailed listing for each of the more than 800 species of birds that one can expect to see visiting or living in North America. But what about birds more generally? What of the particular characteristics of grebes or finches or crows? How are we to understand the general ranges, overlaps, and connection between closely related species within such groups? Baughman, of the National Wildlife Federation, has brought together an impressive array of experts to create this useful and fun volume, which will be a welcome companion to the Field Guide. The volume begins with an informative essay on bird physiology, evolution, behavior, and classification. Each of the ensuing chapters treats one of the 42 major groups of North American birds, comprising 78 individual families. Following a general essay about the group, chapters provide details on each family, including classification, physical structure, plumage, behavior, ranges, observation tips, and conservation status. Major species are represented with outstanding illustrations, and sidebars treat special topics. A basic glossary of bird terminology, a brief bibliography, and an index that will be familiar to users of the Field Guide round out the volume. The volume is populated with hundreds of very useful maps. Each chapter contains maps that chart the ranges and migration patterns of major species or families. In the "specialty maps" section, there is a wonderful map of "important bird areas in the contiguous United States" (great for vacation planning), and nearly 600 of the small range maps from the Field Guide are reproduced. This is an outstanding companion to the Field Guide, but it also stands on its own as an excellent introductory text to the world of birds. It will be at home in public and school libraries and also belongs in all serious recreational and academic collections that serve those interested in birds and birding. More advanced readers may also want to consider the Audubon Society's Sibley Guide set (Knopf, 2000). -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Bulging with full-page color photographs and edited by the director of the National Geographic Birding Initiative, this fledgling joins David Sibley's popular The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior in an attempt to net the growing population of birders. Chapters are ordered by family, with each chapter following the same format, including an opening essay, a photo of the most characteristic bird in that family, its range map, and a summary of traits. Details on that particular family follow, including classification, structure, plumage, feeding, vocalization, breeding behavior, breeding range, migration, and winter range. Observation tips and current status and conservation are also given. All species for each family are listed, including common and Latin name, body length, and quick field identification tips. So what sets this work apart from other field guides and ornithological references? The maps, of course. A range map for each species is presented in an appendix, and migration maps for many species are included in the text (though they do not always represent the species a reader might know best). A glossary, cross references, and a species index facilitate use. Both public and academic libraries should be certain to add this excellent atlas, which has been billed as a companion to the fourth edition of the National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America.-Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.