Six years of research by well-known and respected birders Don and Lillian Stokes culminates with the publishing of the Stokes Field Guide To Birds Of North Americas. The result is the most comprehensive photographic field guide on the market. Over 3,400 beautiful color photos from top bird photographers, including co-author Lillian Stokes, present all significant plumages of birds as well as birds in flight. A bonus downloadable CD offers excellent help for beginning birders to expand identification skills through bird sounds. Scientifically precise and well organized, this guide caters to all ages.
- Includes 854 North American bird species from common backyard visitors to the latest rarities.
- Over 3400 color photos cover all significant plumages including male, female, summer, winter, immature, and morphs as well as important subspecies and birds in flight.
- A new cutting-edge method of bird identification called quantitative shape describes anatomical features in proportion to other parts of the bird and provides an accurate and understandable way to use shape for bird identification.
- Newest range maps detail species winter, summer, and year-around ranges as well as migration routes and extra-limital vagrancies.
- Offers detailed descriptions of songs, calls, behavorial info, and key habitat preferences of each species with special help for identifying birds in flight.
- 16 chapters focus on getting started as a birder with an emphasis on understanding identification, classification, behavior, and habitat. The final chapter addresses ethics and conservation.
- 125 full-color illustrations are included in this portable, pocket-sized guide.
- Multiple plumage illustrations clearly show variations in regards to season, age, wear and molt.
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Heavy doorstop serves to educate
WayneChicago from Chicagoland
Love this book, which is one of the newer birding guides (mine is copyright 2010, Little, Brown and Co.). I'm new to birding, and decided to buy this based on exceptional online reviews. I must say, I'm impressed. I do like, as others have mentioned, that it has so many photos of each bird, both male and female, and immature photos, too. Man, birds sure can change colors season-to-season and from kids to adults, huh? For instance, the Red Phalarope, page 287, has nine photos!
The pages are glossy and nicely laid out, including tiny maps for locations. The book is almost 800 pages, and the type is fairly small (so if one hates small type, they'll want to get their mitts on this book, in person, before buying it). The book is color-coded in sections, labelled things like Chickadees, Owls, Falcons, etc. I like this so that, as a budding birder, I can just try to wrap my head around what category a bird is in first. Buteos, Ringed Plover, and on and on. Complicated stuff! I like, too, that, although paperback, it has a thick-glossed cover and the binding doesn't appear like it will break and pull apart; it's a sturdy glue job.
My wife and I have not listened to the CD yet, but during a road trip for hiking and birding, we plan to toss it into the dashboard CD player and see how many bird sounds we can memorize (and, if I drive off the roadway into the scrub, you'll know why: I fell asleep). The fact that a CD is included at all is a generous bonus.
The book weighs, on my postal scale, 48.2 ounces, including the CD in the back pocket. So, it'll help keep your door from slamming shut in a summer storm, too. :-) Honestly, I bought a different field guide of birds just for my state, and use that on walks. This Stokes book is great for home study, backyard birders, or hikers with strong backs. Recommended.
Wonderful bird photos
John M. from Minnesota
I love the numerous photos of each bird. They are offered for immature birds and breeding birds. Text is very educational. This book is fairly heavy so may get burdensome for long walks, but it is hard to beat for bird identification.
An excellent book!
Lally from Arlington, MA
My brother is an avid birder and loved this book! He said that the photography is stunning. Both the photographs and text capture information new to him and fascinating to learn.