Originally published in 1994, this was the first book of its kind to be published for the Bluegrass State. The Birds of Kentucky is designed to provide an accurate and scientifically rigorous description of all the species of birds found in Kentucky. This comprehensive guide features a wealth of information, including abundance records, migration dates, and additional reference material, and indicates whether a bird is a permanent resident, winter resident, summer resident, visitant, or transient. Additionally, Monroe reviews the history of ornithologists who have worked in Kentucky and outlines the physiography of the state as it relates to birding.
More than just a verbal portrait of Kentucky avifauna, The Birds of Kentucky includes fifty-one color paintings by the renowned wildlife artist William Zimmerman, whose work has been favorably compared to that of John James Audubon. In contrast to Audubon's romanticism and often tortuous style, however, Zimmerman offers us "comfortable" birds that look as if they are about to take wing and leave the page.
Beautifully illustrated and based on a lifetime of field observation and research, this book provides an excellent guide to the natural history of the birds of the Bluegrass.
Burt L. Monroe, Jr. was professor and chairman of the department of biology at the University of Louisville from 1970 to 1993.
"A pleasing blend of artistry and informative text that will be hard for local bird enthusiasts and casual, armchair birders to resist, especially at the reasonable price."
– Brainard Palmer-Ball, Jr., Birding Magazine
"The book is not only scientifically accurate but a visual delight and one that is sure to please any birder or naturalist."
– Indiana Audubon Quarterly
– Lexington Herald-Leader
"An excellent reference book for the beginning birder and the professional interested in Kentucky birds."
– Bowling Green Daily News
– Wildlife Activist
"The illustrations in the book are outstanding. William Zimmerman is one of the best illustrators of living birds in the world and the figures in this book demonstrate his abilities."
– Wilson Bulletin