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Book of North American Birds [Paperback]

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July 1 2004
The birds of North America are an endless source of delight to anyone who enjoys nature, and this volume collects over 570 of these remarkable species--every major North American species--in all their beauty. Hundreds of full-color paintings by world-renowned nature artists are coupled with lively, informative commentary.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This attractive book, the product of 16 writers and 22 artists, consists of over 450 page-length species accounts which feature a high-quality color painting, a half-page anecdotal narrative essay, a range map, a drawing, plus small sections detailing the bird's identification, habitat, and food. Smaller accounts (three per page) for 117 scarcer birds follow the full-page ones. Appended is a 40-page section with thumbnail sketches of the best birding areas in the United States and Canada. This is not a reference book for seasoned birders, but will serve admirably as an informal source of selected, basic information on 600 species, the ones most likely to be seen in North America. Recommended for public libraries.
- Henry T. Armistead, Thomas Jefferson Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reference by picture.Perfect for the novice. April 30 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This was my "beginner" book, but has also remained my favorite guide to identify my local feathered friends.Large and full colour pictures of the species allowed me to match my sightings simply by flipping through. Later as I became more fluent in typing my birds the I found the index easy to use. Descriptions of the individual birds were informative, but also entertaining with tidbits about each that were not strickly scientific. There are aspects of this guide that I have even yet to put to use, but hope to: the traveler's guide to birding sites of North America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Aug. 14 2014
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Great, great book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Bird Book June 30 2005
By Virginia Allain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This guide is wonderful! Each bird is clearly pictured in full color while a map shows its range. A three-paragraph description of each bird is supplemented by recognition points, habitat, nest description, and the bird's food preferences.
Although each bird gets a full page, the types are grouped so one can flip through looking at similar birds. The groupings include birds of prey, large land birds, smaller open country birds, smaller woodland birds, ducklike birds, gull-like birds, large wading birds, and shorebirds.
Reader's Digest maintains its reputation for producing colorful, useful books for the home reference library.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reference by picture.Perfect for the novice. April 30 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was my "beginner" book, but has also remained my favorite guide to identify my local feathered friends.Large and full colour pictures of the species allowed me to match my sightings simply by flipping through. Later as I became more fluent in typing my birds the I found the index easy to use. Descriptions of the individual birds were informative, but also entertaining with tidbits about each that were not strickly scientific. There are aspects of this guide that I have even yet to put to use, but hope to: the traveler's guide to birding sites of North America.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! Aug. 13 2005
By Donna Capshaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am not a "birder" but my family and I spend a lot of time outdoors. We enjoy a varity of birds in our respective back yards. This book has helped us to identify several species native to Arkansas. The book is well written and the pictures are large and in color. Each species has an entire page with a description of their nesting habits and what they normally eat. This is very helpful to ensure that we have the proper areas and/or birdhouses to keep attracting the birds we most enjoy. I am sure we will be reading in this book for years to come!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information and illustrations July 2 2007
By Jonathan K. Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The illustrations are what make this book unique. Stories that go along with each description are really interesting and provide great insight. The only issue I have with the book is that there doesn't seem to be a quick way to go about looking up a bird that you have sighted. Despite this drawback, it's still worth purchasing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Field Guide May 15 2009
By Gary L. Lehnhoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book provides much information regarding birds found in North America. It would be a great book if it provided average measurements of birds regarding wing span, body size, eye size, and foot size.
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