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Guide to the Birds of Alaska

Field / Identification GuideWorld / Checklist

By: Robert H Armstrong(Author), Nils Warnock(Foreword By)

360 pages, colour photos, maps

Alaska Northwest Books

Paperback | Apr 2015 | Edition: 6 | #222316 | ISBN-13: 9781941821428
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About this book

Guide to the Birds of Alaska has been a must-have for Alaska birders for more than thirty years. In the sixth edition, Robert Armstrong provides hundreds of new photographs. Every bird is now illustrated including the casuals and accidentals. This comprehensive guide provides the most current knowledge about the birds in Alaska.

Alaska Audubon will receive 50 percent of the royalties from the sales of Guide to the Birds of Alaska to help bird conservation in Alaska.

Features of this revised edition (from page 11):
"This 2015 revision of Guide to the Birds of Alaska provides information and photographs for all 502 species of birds known to have occured in the state. For the 300 species that appear regularly in Alaska, you'll find both photos and key identification and location information. I have added many new photographs, with special emphasis on obtaining photos that best show each species' field marks, or principal identifying features. For the other 202 species that are "casuals" and "accidentals" – birds that have been spotted in very small numbers, but not every year – I have expanded the information at the back of the book and added a small photo for each species.

This 2015 edition also incorporates all the changes in names and systematics made by the American Ornithological Union since the last edition in 2008. I've also updated the status and distribution charts showing the seasonal occurrence of each bird in Alaska's six biogeographic regions."

"This very attractive, authoritative work should appeal to birders at all levels."
– Library Journal

"A prize for serious bird watchers [...]"
– San Diego Magazine

"Any birder worth his salt should buy it. It will give many hours of enjoyment [...] For those who plan to visit Alaska, this book is an obvious must, but even armchair birders will get satisfaction from reading it."
– The Canadian Field-Naturalist

"This very attractive, authoritative work should appeal to birders at all levels."
Library Journal

"[...] a fun and convenient way to pique or enhance your interest in Alaskan birds."
– Daily Sitka Sentinel

"[...] a definitive nature guide."
– Outdoor Photographer

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- A Note on Alaska's Biogeographic Regions
- Map
- Introduction
- Key to Charts
- Checklist of Alaska's Birds

- Geese, Swans, Ducks
- Grouse, Ptarmigan
- Loons
- Grebes
- Albatrosses
- Fulmars, Petrels, Shearwaters
- Storm-Petrels
- Cormorants
- Bitterns, Herons
- Ospreys
- Hawks, Eagles
- Rails, Coots
- Cranes
- Oystercatchers
- Plovers
- Sandpipers
- Jaegers
- Auks, Murres, & Puffins
- Gulls, Terns
- Pigeons, Doves
- Typical Owls
- Goatsuckers
- Swifts
- Hummingbirds
- Kingfishers
- Woodpeckers
- Falcons
- Tyrant Flycatchers
- Shrikes
- Vireos
- Jays, Magpies, Crows
- Larks
- Swallows
- Chickadees
- Nuthatches
- Creepers
- Wrens
- Dippers
- Kinglets
- Leaf Warblers
- Old World Flycatchers and Allies
- Thrushes
- Starlings
- Wagtails, Pipits
- Waxwings
- Longspurs and Snow Buntings
- Wood Warblers
- Sparrows, Buntings
- Cardinals and Allies
- Blackbirds
- Finches
- Old World Sparrows
- Casual and Accidental Species

- Further Reading
- Index
- Photo Credits
- About the Author
- Notes

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Bob Armstrong has pursued a career in Alaska as a biologist, naturalist, and nature photographer since 1960. He is the author of the best-selling book Nature of Southeast Alaska and numerous other popular and scientific books and articles on the natural history of the state. He lives in Juneau, Alaska.

Nils Warnock is Audubon Alaska s state director. As chief executive officer, Nils leads all of Audubon's programs and initiatives related to Alaska. Nils has a PhD in Ecology from the University of California at Davis and San Diego State University, and he serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Wildlife at Humboldt State University. Nils has studied shorebirds and waterfowl across Alaska, from the North Slope to the Seward Peninsula to the Yukon–Kuskokwim and Copper River deltas. He has published extensively, especially on the ecology of shorebirds, including more than fifty scientific articles in peer-reviewed books and journals, as well as articles in popular magazines such as Natural History and Birding.

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