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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

Field / Identification Guide
The classic North American field guide, now in a sixth edition

By: Jonathan Alderfer (Author), Jon L Dunn (Author)

576 pages, 4,000+ colour illustrations and colour distribution maps

National Geographic Society

Paperback | Oct 2011 | Edition: 6 | #194403 | ISBN-13: 9781426208287
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £18.99 $23/€22 approx

About this book

A bestseller with more than a quarter of a million copies sold, this completely revised and updated edition is the most authoritative, sought-after guide to birds of North America on the market - for birders of all levels. Pages have handy cut-out thumb-tabs to quickly browse to the different major bird groups.

The sixth edition contains the most all-new material since the first edition was published more than 25 years ago, and includes:
- 300 new art figures
- unique subspecies maps never before seen in a field guide
- extensive migration information overlaid on species maps
- field-mark labels on all artwork
- text updates to include new species
- reorganization reflecting taxonomic changes in the bird community organization, readability, and increased page count, with a fresh new design.

Reviews of the the sixth edition:

"[...] National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Sixth Edition is a great guide. In my review of the fifth edition I qualified my recommendation, especially for owners of a prior edition. Not so with the sixth – it belongs in every birder’s library! From beginner to expert, it will be useful to any birder. And for those interested in geographic variation, it is a must."
- Grant McCreary (29-12-2011), read the full review at The Birder's Library

"Wow! [...] a 10% increase in illustrations, plates now sprinkled with text to point out key features, updated range maps, comprehensive subspecies maps, and other useful new features. This classic guide just keeps evolving and improving. This is "the" guide you want with your field gear."
- J. V. Remsen, Distinguished Professor and Curator of Birds, Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University

"Jon Dunn's masterful field knowledge of North America's birds and Jonathan Alderfer's unparalleled artistic ability and direction shine throughout this up-to-date overhaul of a classic guide. Birders at all levels of experience benefit from a guide that is both comprehensive and accurate, and "National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America" is exactly what they need."
-Kimball L. Garrett, Ornithology Collections Manager, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles


Reviews of the fifth edition:
"[...] Field guide preference is very personal and subjective if you have several quality guides to choose from. Personally this new edition is not going to take the place of Sibley as my primary field guide. This guide includes more species, but the Sibley has more illustrations of each included species, and arrows pointing out the major field marks. But one can never have too many field guides! I would highly recommend this fifth edition to any North American birder who does not own a previous edition, or who uses a previous edition as their primary guide. On the other hand, if you have a previous edition that is used as a backup/secondary guide then the decision to upgrade is more difficult. For those birders I would recommend getting the National Geographic Complete Birds of North America instead, as that would be more useful than an updated field guide."
- Grant McCreary (01-02-2007), read the full review at The Birder's Library

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