National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North


  • Paperback
  • 504 pages
  • National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
  • National Geographic Society
  • English
  • 04 February 2015
  • 9780792253143

10 thoughts on “National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

  1. Gauri Gauri says:

    I've gotten very interested in birds this past year and I wanted to pick up an introductory guide to bird watching and bird identifying Since this edition is from 2002 it is obviously not up to date and entirely accurate but I was able to use this guide to identify some ducks that swim in the pond next to my dorm which got me excited This book has inspired me to take up bird watching as a hobby and I'm very excited to take some time out this winter break to lure birds in front of my window with birdseed and try to identify them It's kind of like Pokemon almost except you don't catch them forever but do get to write down that you've seen several species and keep that list your whole life This is so much fun I'm going to use binoculars too to look at nests in trees


  2. Arielle Arielle says:

    This is one of the most amazing books for birdwatchers I used it for all of my ornithology classes and learned so much about identifying birds by both their markings and behavior I had this unbelievable teacher who had been a birdwatcher for all his life and he went through the guide page by page and he showed us slides and talked about each species with a depth of knowledge that was devotional I learned how to tell all the different gulls apart at Ocean Beach San Francisco and saw a red tailed hawk in Golden Gate Park To see a Great Blue Heron is humbling and amazing Some of these species you'd really think you had entered another world This guide is thorough has detailed drawings to help you get to know differentiations to help in identification and has verbal descriptions as well


  3. Anne K. Anne K. says:

    This is my trusty battered mud stained bird book and I love it The pictures are detailed the descriptions short and concise and there's enough space in the margins for me to write sighting notations


  4. Summer Summer says:

    I actually have a copy of the 7th Edition of this book I am a beginning birder and this volume has proven enormously useful in helping me identify different types of birds that are endemic to my region of the USA The illustrations are clear and the guide does a really great job at pointing out the subtle differences between species of birds that look very similar as well as giving seasonal maps of bird migrations I highly recommend it


  5. Janet C-B Janet C-B says:

    This is a comprehensive reference book about 800 North American birds It is heavily illustrated unlike some of the condensed field guides I especially appreciate seeing 3 5 related birds shown on one page I also appreciate the pages that show a number of birds in flight within the same family example shore birds or hawks because this is often how birds are observedI find this reference especially helpful in narrowing the possibilities when trying to identify a bird within a family It is also helpful for me in identifying birds that might be observed outside the usual range Because the reference book is heavy at 450 pages I do not usually bring it with me when traveling out of stateAlthough some bird id groups prefer a different common field guide I have found this guide very helpful over the years


  6. Angelo Angelo says:

    This book is about the birds of North America It talks about how to find identify and the age This book takes you through the world of birdsAs you read the book it will tell you where the type of bird lives Which you way think it is odd because a bird can go any where but some birds have certain environments that they can only live in There are some birds that come here from other countries as well I think the type of people that would really like this book is bird watchers or people that like to become watchersButI don’t know what kind of birds people would be in to I would definitely say check out the birds of prey


  7. Johann Johann says:

    While I haven't actually read through this book from cover to cover I'm using the sixth edition it has proven itself extremely useful I spent uite some time reading about the various field guides online and thought I had decided on the best option Then I went to our local bookstore to flip through the options they had including the Sibley Stokes Kaufman and a few other guides and this one really stood out from the rest What I love about the book are the uick indexes on the front and back inside covers and the tabs for uick searching My son and I have been able to identify a few birds in our backyard and it has been really fun to use The illustrations are also beautiful


  8. T T says:

    Can't live without this one it goes everywhere with me I've since updated and bought the 4th and 5th editions but all of my birding notes are still in this very worn copy An excellent field guide in my opinion I supplement it with The Sibley Guide to Birds which stays at home while I drag the Ntl Geographic guide with me


  9. Donna Donna says:

    This reference is great In past editions it was difficult to find specific birds but the combination of durable flap index and thumb tabs for the most freuent bird families hawks warblers sparrows etc make it super easy to useThe written descriptions are fairly brief so the focus is on the drawings The drawings are detailed and mostly include those of the different races juveniles and birds in flight


  10. Suz Suz says:

    My favorite birding guide book It has great pictures and descriptions The blurbs with the range maps is fantastic and it has a lot of incidental species to South Texas at least that a lot of guide books lack since they are not common enough I guessThere's a handy checklist in the back if you want to check off species as you see them but since I'm a much casual birder I just write in the white space next to the bird where and when I saw it for the first time


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