Baby Bird Identification is a comprehensive illustrated guide for distinguishing hundreds of North American bird species in their early stages of life. From the just-hatched to the fledgling, Linda Tuttle-Adams walks readers through the process of identifying baby birds that they may encounter in the wild – a first step to ensuring proper care and rehabilitation.
Successful rehabilitation of birds found in the wild requires species-specific attention. But the identification of a baby bird, whether altricial or precocial, may seem overwhelming at first, even to a trained ornithologist. Tuttle-Adams lays out an approachable and systematic method for discerning a baby bird's identity, offering descriptions of telling anatomical and environmental features as well as details of a bird's day-to-day growth.
With over four hundred original watercolour paintings and an illustrated glossary, Baby Bird Identification is an invaluable resource for wildlife rehabilitators, those who find baby birds in their yards or recreational places, and anyone who enjoys watching or studying birds in the wild.
Linda Tuttle-Adams is a biologist and wildlife artist. She worked as a wildlife rehabilitator for several species of birds and mammals for over a decade, contributing to numerous articles and instruction manuals for wildlife rehabilitators.
"A groundbreaking must-read for wildlife rehabilitators, field ornithologists, and curious birders. Linda Adams' masterpiece expertly takes on a set of previously neglected topics to make a singular contribution to the identification, anatomy, and development of young birds."
– Paul J. Baicich, co-author of Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds
"A remarkable trove of information with exceptionally beautiful illustrations. Linda Tuttle-Adams's fresh, rigorous approach to the process of baby bird identification is a welcome, and much-needed, contribution to the field."
– Susan Elbin, scientist emerita, NYC Audubon
"Invaluable, comprehensive, and utterly original in its scope. By covering multiple stages of nestling development, Baby Bird Identification has positioned itself as the most complete guide to nestling and fledgling identification ever written."
–Robyn Bailey, Project Leader at NestWatch