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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (April 29 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679451218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679451211
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of a series of highly acclaimed books about birds and birding. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award presented by the American Birding Association for a lifetime of achievement. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By homer simpson on Aug. 1 2003
Format: Flexibound
Overall a very good book. Species maps are on the same pages as the species accounts so there is no extra flipping to find the map. However, I have noticed that many colors in this guide are very muted. I work at several bird-banding stations and have held live birds up to the color pictures and notice quite a difference. Sibley's colors are not nearly as vibrant as the reall thing, giving an inaccurate impression of some of the colors.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Blebs on June 9 2007
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We have all the guide books here at the field station, and after looking through them all, Sibleys is definitely my favourite (and has been praised by everyone else too). I've gone and ordered both Western & Eastern books myself. Having read the comments from other reviewers, it's true that some of the drawings may seem slightly duller than the real bird or drawings/paintings in other guides, but this hasn't caused me any identification problems. What really hooked me on this guide was how it illustrates the bird not only perched, but also in flight (below and above views), and illustrates differences between sexes and between adults and juveniles. Also, for some species, characteristic flight patterns and other important diagnostic features are highlighted and/or illustrated. Finally, features are pointed out on the drawing with arrows so one knows what to look for specifically.

Overall, an excellently organised guide book, standard "field guide" size, without the feeling of there being a loss of information. We have the big book here too (for all of NA) and it seems to contain the same information so bigger isn't neccessarily better! I recommend the two regional guides instead: less birds to decipher between and easier to carry with you in the field!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Justin Wrinn on Sept. 16 2003
Format: Flexibound
My main problem with the original Sibley Guide to Birds has been its size. While it is an excellent and comprehensive reference, it is just too bulky to carry in the field. Sibley found the answer in coming out with separate guides for East and West. The new western guide, a wonderful addition to the Sibley family, contains updated nomenclature and range maps. Also, it contains only western birds and those eastern birds that have have shown up in the west as accidentals. It leaves out the eastern birds that have never been seen in the west before, thus saving time when using the book to ID a bird in the field. The biggest advantage is the smaller size which actually makes it feasible to carry in the field without nearly as much difficulty. Although there is a loss of detail compared to the original Sibley guide, this is a small price to pay for the portability of the smaller size. For the serious birder I would recommend getting both this book (for the field) and the originaly Sibley Guide to Birds (for a reference), but otherwise this book (or its eastern counterpart depending on where you live) is definitely the way to go for a comprehensive, portable field guide.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher LaMonica on April 11 2004
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The larger Sibley field guide caused quite a stir but it was also a bit of a bear, in terms of size. The smaller guides that focus on east and west, are much easier to carry. Everything about them is, really, as good as it gets: the paintings, the maps, the descriptions - a top quality product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. B. Estabrooks Jr. on May 13 2003
Format: Flexibound
Sibley has done a great job of putting pictures, text and maps together in this guide. Regrettably, though, all that info. on 1/2 a page (2 species per page) makes it difficult to see/read; especially with older eyes.
In addition, I still think Peterson's paintings are the best in presenting the birds in a manner closest to how they look in the field. Sibley's paintings are a bit stark compared to the real thing. On a recent trip to Madera Canyon, I noted this when looking, in particular, at a Lazuli Bunting, and a Rufous-Winged Sparrow.
Sibley's new guide is very good, but I still keep "Roger" in the fanny pack, and Sibley back in the car as reference.
Good birding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sachi Schott on April 14 2013
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Personally, I prefer Sibley's field guides over any others - his drawings seem more immediately recognizable than those in other field guides, and they are definitely vastly superior to photographs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James H. Tupper on April 23 2010
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In my opinion, this book belongs in every bird lovers library.
I especially liked the multiple views of each species, and the views of immature and sub adult birds.

As far as I can tell, all the information, such as the range maps,as presented, is based on the best information available and is current.

I have several bird identification books and I use this one more then all the others combined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Labeaume on May 7 2003
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After switching my National Geographic for the more massive "Sibley guide to birds", I'm now adopting this new book as my main field guide. The format is great, the illustrations just as good as the original "Guide to birds", the maps are excellent (and updated) and this time, the descriptive text is more generous and really helps in the field.
One little thing that I would have appreciated is getting birds dimensions in centimeters as well as in inches. Birds weight is already in ounces and grams.
I'm hoping that one day, we'll get the whole North American version in one book and in that format.
Louison
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