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Title:
The Sibley field guide to birds of western North America
Author:
Sibley, David, 1961-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
471 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm
Summary:
Features 703 bird species plus regional populations found west of the Rocky Mountains. Accounts include more than 4,600 illustrations with descriptive caption text pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry contains new text concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Accounts also include maps created from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent.
General Note:
"A Chanticleer Press edition."

Includes indexes.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction -- Key to the species accounts -- Bird topography -- Loons -- Grebes -- Albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters -- Storm-petrels -- Pelecaniformes -- Cormorants -- Wading birds -- Swans and geese -- Dabbling ducks -- Diving ducks -- Diurnal raptors -- Upland game birds -- Gruiformes -- Plovers, Oystercatchers, stilts, and avocets -- Sandpipers -- Skuas, jaegers, and gulls -- Terns and skimmers -- Alcids -- Pigeons and doves -- Parrots and their allies -- Cuckoos and their allies -- Owls -- Goatsuckers -- Trogons and quetzals -- Kingfishers -- Swifts -- Hummingbirds -- Woodpeckers -- Tyrant flycatchers -- Shrikes and vireos -- Jays, crows, and their allies -- Larks -- Swallows -- Chickadees, nuthatches, and their allies -- Wrens -- Dipper and wrentit -- Kinglets, Old World warblers, and gnatcatchers -- Thrushes -- Mimids -- Wagtails and pipits -- Waxwings, silky-flycatchers, and starlings -- Wood-warblers -- Tanagers, cardinals, and their allies -- Emberizine sparrows and their allies -- Icterids -- Finches and Old World sparrows.
ISBN:
9780679451211
Format :
Book

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Summary

The Sibley Guide to Birds has quickly become the new standard of excellence in bird identification guides, covering more than 810 North American birds in amazing detail. Now comes a new portable guide from David Sibley that every birder will want to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this new guide features 703 bird species plus regional populations found west of the Rocky Mountains. Accounts include stunningly accurate illustrations--more than 4,600 in total--with descriptive caption text pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry contains new text concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Accounts also include brand-new maps created from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent.

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America is an indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative and portable guide to the birds of the West.


Author Notes

David Allen Sibley, son of the well-known ornithologist Fred Sibley, began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. Since 1980, he has traveled throughout the North American continent studying the natural world, both on his own and as a leader of bird-watching tours. He is the author of several guides to bird identification including The Sibley Guide to Birds, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior, Sibley's Birding Basics, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, and The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Not just spin-offs from the famed Sibley Guide to Birds, these field guides are specifically designed to tote along on outings. The maps are new. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Birders residing in the Rocky Mountains and westward can be enthusiastic about this latest contribution by Sibley, the current dean of field identification. In this compact field book, he portrays 700 species with stunning illustrations (more than several thousand). Multiple figures for each bird show age/sex differences as well as significant geographic and seasonal variations in plumage. The accompanying text is brief but informative, with identification comments on each species and notes on abundance, feeding, habitats, and especially, song. Range maps show winter/summer ranges as well as migration distribution. Introductory material will help beginners to use this guide and start their birding hobbies. Sibley's portable reference will add to his large audience of bird-watching naturalists. The companion book, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America (CH, Dec'03), is a similar guide to birds in the rest of the US. ^BSumming Up: Essential. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates. C. Leck emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick


Table of Contents

Prefacep. 8
Introductionp. 8
Classification of Birdsp. 9
Birdingp. 10
Equipment
Finding Birds
Learning to Identify Birds
Variation in Appearancep. 11
Geographic Variation and Subspecies
Polymorphism
Wear and Fading
Changes in Posture and Head Shape
Light and Atmospheric Conditions
Cosmetic Coloration and Staining
Aberrant Plumages
Bill Deformities
Hybrids
Molt and Plumagep. 13
Learning Songs and Callsp. 14
Finding Rare Birdsp. 14
Ethicsp. 15
Extinct Speciesp. 15
Conservationp. 15
Key to the Species Accountsp. 16
Names and Measurementsp. 16
Species Descriptionsp. 16
Status
Habitat
Behavior
Voice
Illustrationsp. 17
Range Mapsp. 17
Bird Topographyp. 18
Parts of a Passerinep. 18
Head Feathersp. 19
Body Feathersp. 20
Wing Feathersp. 21
Parts of a Gullp. 22
Parts of a Duckp. 23
Parts of a Shorebirdp. 24
Loonsp. 26
Grebesp. 29
Albatrosses, Petrels, and Shearwatersp. 32
Storm-petrelsp. 42
Pelecaniformesp. 46
Boobies
Frigatebird
Pelicans
Tropicbird
Cormorantsp. 51
Wading Birdsp. 54
Bitterns
Egrets
Flamingos
Herons
Ibises
Night-Herons
Spoonbill
Stork
Swans and Geesep. 64
Domestic Waterfowl
Exotic Waterfowl
Geese
Swans
Dabbling Ducksp. 72
Puddle Ducks
Teals
Whistling-Ducks
Wigeons
Diving Ducksp. 73
Eiders
Goldeneyes
Mergansers
Scaup
Scoters
Diurnal Raptorsp. 94
Caracara
Condor
Eagles
Falcons
Hawks
Kites
New World Vultures
Osprey
Upland Game Birdsp. 119
Chukar
Exotic Game Birds
Grouse
Partridge
Pheasant
Prairie-Chickens
Ptarmigan
Quail
Turkey
Gruiformesp. 134
Coot
Cranes
Gallinule
Moorhen
Rails
Sora
Plovers, Oystercatchers, Stilts, and Avocetsp. 141
Sandpipersp. 150
Curlews
Dowitchers
Godwits
Phalaropes
Ruff
Sandpipers
Snipe
Turnstones
Whimbrel
Willet
Yellowlegs
Skuas, Jaegers, and Gullsp. 174
Terns and Skimmersp. 200
Alcidsp. 207
Auklets
Dovekie
Guillemots
Murrelets
Murres
Puffins
Razorbill
Pigeons and Dovesp. 218
Parrots and Their Alliesp. 225
Cuckoos and Their Alliesp. 230
Ani
Cuckoos
Roadrunner
Owlsp. 233
Goatsuckersp. 245
Nighthawks
Nightjars
Trogons and Quetzalsp. 249
Kingfishersp. 249
Swiftsp. 249
Hummingbirdsp. 254
Woodpeckersp. 263
Tyrant Flycatchersp. 276
Flycatchers
Kingbirds
Phoebes
Wood-Pewees
Shrikes and Vireosp. 294
Jays, Crows, and Their Alliesp. 302
Crows
Jays
Magpies
Ravens
Scrub-Jays
Larksp. 310
Swallowsp. 310
Chickadees, Nuthatches, and Their Alliesp. 317
Bushtit
Chickadees
Creeper
Nuthatches
Titmice
Verdin
Wrensp. 327
Dipper and Wrentitp. 334
Kinglets, Old World Warblers, and Gnatcatchersp. 334
Thrushesp. 340
Bluebirds
Robins
Thrushes
Mimidsp. 350
Catbird
Mockingbird
Thrashers
Wagtails and Pipitsp. 356
Waxwings, Silky-Flycatchers, and Starlingsp. 360
Wood-Warblersp. 364
Chat
Ovenbird
Parula
Redstart
Warblers
Waterthrushes
Yellowthroat
Tanagers, Cardinals, and Their Alliesp. 392
Cardinaline Buntings
Cardinals
Dickcissel
Grosbeaks
Tanagers
Emberizine Sparrows and Their Alliesp. 402
Emberizine Buntings
Juncos
Longspurs
Sparrows
Towhees
Icteridsp. 434
Blackbirds
Bobolink
Cowbirds
Grackles
Meadowlarks
Orioles
Finches and Old World Sparrowsp. 445
Crossbills
Finches
Goldfinches
Grosbeaks
Old World Sparrow
Redpolls
Siskin
Acknowledgmentsp. 459
Indexp. 462