The bestselling photographic field guide–a birding bible for more than four million enthusiasts.Virtually every bird found in eastern North America is brought to life in this portable guide, an essential companion in the field and a staple in any birdwatcher’s library. It features a durable vinyl binding and brilliant full-color photographic identification pictures arranged for quick access and definitive text, including information on the bird’s voice, nesting habits, habitat, range, and interesting behaviors. Accompanying range maps; overhead flight silhouettes; sections on bird-watching, accidental species, and endangered birds make the National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Birds the most comprehensive available. Note: the Eastern Edition generally covers states east of the Rocky Mountains, while the Western Edition covers the Rocky Mountain range and all the states to the west of it.
National Audubon Society
September 27, 1994
File Size: 40 MB
Available File Formats: PDF AZW3 DOCX EPUB MOBI TXT or Kindle audiobook Audio CD(Several files can be converted to each other)
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch, chinese
Covering 508 bird species found east of the Rocky Mountains, the revised second edition takes into account changes in taxonomy and uses improved photography. At the heart of the guide is a set of 646 well-made color photographs whose subjects are organized by easily discerned characteristics (e.g., “chicken-like marsh birds,” such as the clapper rail; “gull-like birds,” such as the kittiwake; and “upright-perching water birds,” such as the common murre). The photographs are then keyed to textual descriptions of the birds’ appearance, range and habitat, nesting characteristics, and behavior. Easy to use and handsomely produced, this belongs in every eastern birdwatcher’s collection. –Gregory McNamee From the Inside Flap Introduced in 1977 and completely revised in 1994, these bestselling photographic field guides have become the birding bibles of more than four million enthusiasts. Virtually every bird found in North America is brought to life in a full-color photograph and with textual information on the bird’s voice, nesting habits, habitat, range, and interesting behaviors. Accompanying range maps; overhead flight silhouettes; sections on bird-watching, accidental species, and endangered birds make these the most comprehensive field guides to birds available. Note: the Eastern Edition generally covers states east of the Rocky Mountains, while the Western Edition covers the Rocky Mountain range and all the states to the west of it. About the Author JOHN L. BULL, a self-taught ornithologist and popular field-guide writer, was born in Manhattan on February 28, 1914. He served as a research asisstant at the American Museum of Natural History in the 1960s and 70s, and led many birding tours in Long Island and New York City. He died in August 2006 at the age of ninety-two. JOHN FARRAND, JR. (1937-1994) studied at the University of Oklahoma and Louisiana State University. He served as Zoologist at the Smithsonian and was a curatorial assistant at the American Museum of Natural History. Read more <div id="
I would give a newer edition five stars. We have used the edition that came out in the 70’s for four decades but it was pretty obsolete for a lot of what we are seeing in East Tennessee (such as a river full of osprey nests that were not shown as inhabiting this area when we first moved here), and it is surprising that the Society updated the book with this second edition in 1994 but not since, making it the most recent edition and surely deficient for current habitation information. I suspect the convenience of a computer search on one’s smart phone has something to do with that, but having the book in hand is an entrenched pleasure we old folks are not surrendering yet.
Typical of Audubon books, this book has photos that are logically sorted by habit (pigeon-like, duck-like, perching…), that refer to text pages that include complete descriptions, range maps, nesting habits, and more. I’m new at this, and also have a National Geographic Field Guide, which includes the whole of North America. I have a fleeting glimpse, and don’t have enough information to look the exact species of bird up. I don’t know if it’s a flycatcher or warbler. I can see that it’s yellow, and perching. With Audubon, I can go to the perching birds, and look for the yellow grouping until I find my bird.The book has Audubon’s typical heavy duty vinyl cover, which flexes nicely in the hand, yet is durable enough for years of use. Love it and use it!
I just received this book and it covers way more birds from the eastern US than my previous bird guide. The photos that make up the first half of the book are very good, and the second half of the book gives a lot of detail on habitat, voice, description, nesting, range, and other details pertinent to each bird. The front of the book has a key to finding the bird you’re looking for in the book.The only problem I have with this book is common to all the bird books I own: the bird is pictured from only one angle. I know that to do otherwise would at least double the size of the book, but I’d actually be willing to pay for that! I often see birds from above (looking out windows) or behind, and having only a side view eliminates certain identifiers. I’m a new “birder” so I need all the help I can get!That said, it’s a great book at a reasonable price and I look forward to poring through it!
My best friends 4 year old loves animals and wildlife so I bought him this book for Easter last year. (He has fur pelts hanging in his bedroom to give you a clue. He knows more about wildlife than most adults I know.) I knew it would be advanced for him until he got older but since it has the full color photos I figured it would be ok. Plus this gave Mom and dad stuff to teach him.The kid LOVES it! Mom said they get it out at least a couple times a week. They’ll see a bird fly by outside and he has to run inside and get his bird book so they can see if it’s in there.I plan on getting him others so that eventually he has them all. As much as he loved this one I’m sure he’ll love the rest.
Very informative and helpful in identifying the birds we’ve had coming to our feeders for the last few years in middle Tennessee! It’s been very exciting for both my husband and myself. We are looking forward to the Spring and putting out new types of feed to attract different birds in our area. Great guide for young and old!
I really like this book. We have just started feeding birds and I can easily look up what they are in the book by looking at the pictures and then reading up on them.
The first one of these I purchased for my Dad. He cataloged the birds in his yard using a Golden book, decided heneeded one with real pics. I then purchased one of me, and have discovered so much about the birds on my feeders over the years. This one I purchased for my godmother, she loves birds too and loves the book as well. Highly recommendfor bird watchers. I am sure there are other books, but this one is a great one!
I have many bird books, both identification guides and bird behavior information. This classic is by far the best when it comes to information on both in a portable size. It is perfect for carrying in a pocket or backpack for use in the field. I have given many as gifts and have worn out a few myself. If you want only one bird book, this is it.
Brilliant little book for birdwatching in the States. Bought to accompany the western US volume which we already had.
Everything you need in a field guide
My husband loves this book. It’s actually a lot quicker to grab and leaf through quickly when he sees a bird, instead of trying to Google it. As a millenial I don’t feel this way about a lot of things, but this is one area where a book does a better job than Google. The chapter organization system is great and makes IDing birds super fast. We leave it next to the window where the bird feeder is. If you live in a natural setting and are constantly trying to figure out what you’re looking at I’d definitely recommend this book.
The Pictures are very detailed there are so many birds in it. If you spot a bird you should be able to find it in this book no problem
If you love birds then you’ll love this book – great reference. We have it at our cottage and my wife or kids are always looking something up.
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