Published in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution, this comprehensive handbook to the birds of North America: Western Region includes 696 species -- all birds known to breed east of the 100th meridian on the United States and Canada, as well as regular visitors and vagrants to this region. The Smithsonian Handbook is the first identiPublished in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution, this comprehensive handbook to the birds of North America: Western Region includes 696 species -- all birds known to breed east of the 100th meridian on the United States and Canada, as well as regular visitors and vagrants to this region. The Smithsonian Handbook is the first identification guide that includes details of the bird's life history in a concise and user-friendly format. Each full-page profile combines a precise description, annotated photographs, and artworks to highlight the key field marks of the species in each plumage. Similar species are shown and distinguishing characteristics are noted. Further information on the bird's habits describes the typical song and other vocalizations, behavior, breeding, nesting, population, and conservation concerns. Typical flight patterns and nest locations and shapes are described with clear icons, and amplified in the text. Each bird's range during summer, winter, and on migration is clearly shown on a map....
|Title||:||Birds of North America: Western Region|
|Number of Pages||:||752 Pages|
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Birds of North America: Western Region Reviews
This is my number one favorite bird book, here’s why: 1. It shows the size of the bird in relationship to the size of the book.2. It shows flight patterns.3. It shows nest shapes and locations.4. It shows a small image and quick description of similar birds on the same page as the bird your looking at.5. It gives a good description of the bird song.6. It shows plumage for sex, juvenile, and seasonal7. It saves space on the page for all of this information by using extremely well-choosen photos that are then cropped in to show only the bird. And if a photo was not available for one of the sex, etc., a very good illustration is provided.Cons: It’s pretty heavy for a field guide. This thing could choke a bear.The layout of this book is wonderful for trying to find a bird you just spotted for the first time. The large bird image in near the right side of the page and usually on the top half of the page. By doing a thumb drag flip through the books quickly land in the region with similar looking birds. From there it’s usually a few quick pages or similar type bird hints and you found the bird your looking for.
Best bird book I have on my shelf and I have a lot! Great pictures. Excellent descriptions on bird locations, behavior, coloring, flight patterns, etc. When I have not been able to ID a bird based on the picture or colors, then usually the behavior or locations allow me to figure it out. I also like the part of the page where you can fill out where and when you saw the bird. This is another book I take everywhere but usually when I hike, it stays in the car. The only drawback to this book is the weight. If it is a light hike then the book usually comes along then it is a slow hike because the book is out and we are frantically looking for three types of birds while Conor starts to fidget because he is bored. "But Conor! Look at that bird! Isn't it pretty?"Again, another great book just to thumb through even if you are not looking for a specifc bird.
I'm trying to love this book, but it's as big and heavy as a Bible and lacking some birds! Each bird has the description, song, behavior, breeding, nesting, populations, feeders, and chart of similar birds. One bird one page. What I DO like from this book is a visual of 'flight pattern'
Contains 696 species. Comprehensive.
i checked out this book because of the all the birds we have where I live. I have been to identify the birds we have by these beautiful pictures.
This is an extensive book with a wealth of information, but it's somewhat difficult to use for identification as you have to know something about the bird before you can find it.