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Virtually each and every bird found in western North The usa is delivered 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 to be had.
Note: the Eastern Edition usually covers states east of the Rocky Mountains, even as the Western Edition covers the Rocky Mountain range and all of the states to the west of it.
A favorite of birdwatchers (especially those who prefer photographs to illustrations), this field guide, revised for 2000, accounts for the 544 bird species that live in the region west of the Great Plains. The clearly printed color photographs capture birds at rest and in flight; preceded by black-and-white silhouettes, the plates are organized by visually based, intuitive categories–“hawk-like birds,” “pigeon-like birds,” and “perching birds,” for example–that make on-the-fly identification a rather simple matter. The images are matched by clearly written text that describes a given bird, gives an approximation of its voice, and details its habitat, range, nests, and behavior. Sized to slot in a jacket or backpack pocket, it is a valuable companion for any birding outing in the region. –Gregory McNamee
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