The field reference of choice for serious birders since its inception, the third edition has been updated to reflect new bird ranges in North America as well as the always controversial reclassifications of species and subspecies. The expanded text includes even more notes on identification, behavior, habitat, and song, while the illustrations--now revised and sharpened--depict individual species in varying plumage, often with habitat cues in the background. Like the first two editions, the guide combines accurate illustrations with useful maps and text in a portable format. Beginners and experts alike will flock to this handy field guide.
YA-An excellent choice for both beginning and expert birders. The highly appealing format is arranged by species for easy use, and is complemented by gorgeous illustrations. The readable text provides basic information on families, scientific names, plumage sequences, field marks, measurements, voices, behaviors, and habitats, as well as range maps. Practical tips on buying binoculars and telescopes are an added bonus. This is a natural companion to the regional field guides done by the Audubon Society (Houghton) and Peterson's Guides. National Geographic's volume has the most and the best pictures; Audubon presents the most facts; and Peterson gives additional bits of information that the others ignore. Essential for school and public library collections, Field Guide to the Birds of North America would also make an ideal gift.
Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is a very good field guide. Breif description accompanies every illustration. One thing though - it doens't break it down according to states. Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by Suketu D. Naik
I have been birding for 23 years. My life list is a respectable 450 species in North America. While some reviewers may not carry this book around, I will guarantee you the National... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by Richard W. Taylor
With all of the mania of new guides, the Natuional Geographic guide is still the best overall in content and production for the fairly experienced birder in North America. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2002
Is it that much better than the 3rd edition, I think so. The colors seem better rendered, there is a new "quick find index", a couple of pages in from the back cover, it should... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2002 by J. Shepherd
5 years ago this field guide was required for all serious birders but with the new field guides this one isn't need any longer. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by "gaviapacifica"