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The Sibley Guide to Birds

Field / Identification GuideOut of Print
There is a newer edition

The North American Bird Guide

Please note that this is published in the USA under the name The Sibley...

NHBS Price: £24.99 $31/€28 approx
There is a newer edition

The Sibley Guide to Birds

Please note, this is the US version of The North American Bird Guide,...

NHBS Price: £36.99 $45/€42 approx

By: David Allen Sibley (Author)

544 pages, plates with colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

Knopf Publishing Group

Paperback | Nov 2000 | Edition: 1 | #207583 | ISBN-13: 9780679451228
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This book was published in Europe by Christopher Helm under the title The North American Bird Guide. As this version has gone out of print, we now offer you the US version, published by Knopf.

David Allen Sibley, America's most gifted contemporary painter of birds, is the author and illustrator of this comprehensive guide. His beautifully detailed illustrations – more than 6 600 in all – and descriptions of 810 species and 350 regional populations will enrich every birder's experience.

The Sibley Guide's innovative design makes it entirely user friendly. The illustrations are arranged to facilitate comparison, yet still capture the unique character of each species.

The Sibley Guide to Birds provides a wealth of new information:
– Captioned illustrations show many previously unpublished field marks and revisions of known marks
– Nearly every species is shown in flight
– Measurements include length, wingspan, and weight for every species
– Subspecies and geographic varients are covered thoroughly
– Complete voice descriptions are included for every species
– Maps show the complete distribution of every species: summer and winter ranges, migration routes, and rare occurrences

Both novice and experienced birders will appreciate these and other innovative features:
– An introductory page for each family or group of related families makes comparisons simple
– Clear and concise labels with pointers identify field marks directly
– Birds are illustrated in similar poses to make comparisons between species quick and easy
– Illustrations emphasize the way birds look in the field

With The Sibley Guide to Birds, the National Audubon Society makes the art and expertise of David Sibley available to the world in a comprehensive, handsome, easy-to-use volume that will be the indispensable identification guide every birder must own.

"[...] The Sibley guides are the current standard for North America. I would recommend that every birder in the US and Canada have a copy of the large Sibley for reference. It is also a good choice for those outside these countries that are interested in North American birds. [...] This pretty much sums it up: "No book published in this century (and only one in the last) has been so catalytic a tool for bird identification. If you spend part of your life studying birds, you cannot be without the Sibley Guide." (Pete Dunne in his Essential Field Guide Companion)"
– Grant McCreary (06-04-2007), read the full review at The Birder's Library

"This wonderful book is comprehensive – erudite – in fact, magnificent, a powerful book that will start a new generation of bird books and birding. It provides triple the educational content over any predecessor. The treatments are innovative and superb."
– Frank Gill, the Director of Science at National Audubon Society

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David Allen Sibley began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. Since 1980 he has traveled throughout the North American continent studying the natural world, both on his own and as a leader of bird-watching tours. This intensive travel and study culminated in the publication of his comprehensive guide to bird identification, The Sibley Guide to Birds, followed by The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, Sibley’s Birding Basics, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, and The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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