This is the first comprehensive photographic identification guide to tanagers, cardinals, and finches. Many of North America's finest bird and wildlife photographers have supplied a stunning collection of images, some of which depict plumages rarely available in other publications.
The 200 photographs have been carefully selected to illustrate age, seasonal, and sexual variation in all of the species found north of Mexico, including introduced species and vagrants. The text is designed to introduce the reader to the biology, identification, molts, vocalization, and distribution of the forty-six species covered. Each photograph is accompanied by a caption outlining relevant identification features, and original range maps illustrate the distributions of all the species that regularly occur north of Mexico. This is a must-have guide for field use by amateurs and professionals alike.
David Beadle has illustrated a number of books and field guides, including "New World Warblers" and "Sparrows of the United States and Canada", and a series of Ecotravellers guides to various neotropical countries. He is coauthor, with J. D. Rising, of two books on North American sparrows. He is at work on the forthcoming "Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil". J. D. Rising teaches in the Department of Zoology at the University of Toronto. He is the author, with David Beadle, of "A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada" and "Sparrows of the United States and Canada".
"[...] If you must have everything published on this group of birds, then by all means get this book. Otherwise, I would suggest saving your money. It must be noted, however, that every other entry that I have seen in Princeton’s Photographic Guide series is outstanding and highly recommended. Hopefully this one will continue to be the exception."
- Grant McCreary (09-12-2006), read the full review at The Birder's Library
"Another in the excellent series of bird identification books issued by Princeton University Press. The text, by David Beadle and J.D. Rising, covers the basics of biology, identification, molts, vocalization and distribution of 46 species. The 200-plus photographs show most plumages as they vary by sex, age, and season. The photo captions point out salient identification features and the range maps are large enough to actually be useful"
– Jim Williams, Minnesota Star Tribune
"The introduction includes background information and terminology making this guide accessible to all readers. Northeastern Naturalist Tanagers, Cardinals, and Finches of the United States and Canada is a beautiful addition to any birder's library. Although it is not designed as a field guide it would be an excellent book to consult before going out in the field and for review after having been in the field. I recommend it heartily and enjoyed it immensely."
– John Vooys, British Columbia Birds