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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

Review Overview

Ease of Use
Field-mark Notations
Range Maps
Habitat, Nesting, Feeding

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Summary : This field guide shows fully illustrated examples of male, female and juvenile views of 990 bird species. Many images show birds also in the air, swimming, roosting and foraging.

BOOK REVIEW — Only two birding books in my rather large collection remain sitting in an honored place beside my computer keyboard at all times: Birds of Washington State and the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America (sixth edition).

I enjoy the small size of the Birds of Washington State book, and the illustrations of birds in flight and perched or on the ground. I especially enjoy the interesting tidbits of information they write about each bird, giving you a real “feel” for what that bird is about, their personality profile.

You won’t get much in the way of cute stories and fun facts in the National Geographic guide. What you will get is nearly 600 pages of illustrations, field-mark annotations, range maps and call descriptions for 990 species of wild birds.

Time and again, this book has helped me to solve bird mysteries that I hadn’t been able to solve with any other field guide.

The back cover of this field guide to wild birds boasts:

Whether you’re new to bird-watching or you’re already an expert, this completely updated version of the venerable favorite makes spotting, identifying, and understanding birds easier than ever before. From its detailed illustrations to its easy-to-use, durable format, this is the one-stop resource you need to identify every bird you see.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. This book easily lives up to the National Geographic hype.


About Kimberly Mason

Kimberly Mason is a freelance writer, photojournalist, and web designer. When she's not out chasing a story, you'll find her at work in one her three main offices — her big backyard, the Cowlitz River, or the recliner in her living room. She has four grown children, three grandchildren, and is owned by a Labrador retriever, Buddy the WonderDog.

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