From the most trusted name in birding – beloved by millions, backyard enthusiast and expert alike – comes a completely new and definitive guide to the birds of North America: the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date work of its kind.
Developed by the creators of the best-selling Audubon field guides, The National Audubon Society Book of Birds of North America is the result of a collaboration between leading scientists, scholars, taxonomic and field experts, photo editors, and designers. An indispensable reference, it covers more than 800 species, with nearly 5,000 full-color photographs of birds in their natural habitat, often with four or five photographs for each species. For ease of use, the book includes a glossary and a robust index, and is arranged according to the American Ornithological Society's 2019 Birds of North and Middle America Checklist – with birds sorted by taxonomic orders and grouped by family, so that related species are presented together. Range maps, reflecting the impacts of climate change, accompany nearly every species, along with a physical description, information on voice, nesting, habitat, similar species, and an important new category on conservation status. Essays by leading scholars in each field provide holistic insights into the world of birds. Whether trying to determine which owl is interrupting your dinner, or tracking down all of the wood warblers that arrive in spring, readers will come to rely on this work of remarkable breadth, depth, and elegance. It is a must-have reference for the library of any birder, and is certain to become the number-one guide in the field.
"[...] The National Audubon Society Birds of North America is much improved from the earlier field guides to carry this organization’s name. It is pleasing to look at, with many large, striking photographs, and it includes a wide variety of information in the accounts, including conservation, which is much-appreciated. However, the deficiency in plumages shown and, especially, the complete lack of photographic captions severely handicaps this guide’s usefulness. Unfortunately, it cannot be recommended."
– Grant McCreary (16-05-2021), read the full review at The Birder's Library
"A lot has changed in the world since 1980, when the National Audubon Society last updated its bestselling field guide to the trees of North America. Even more so since 1995, when the organization last updated its field guide to the birds of North America. There couldn't be a better time to update them than now: as climate change fuels a biodiversity crisis, we need every reminder we can get of the breadth and beauty of the planet's flora and flauna."
– Jonathan Hahn, Sierra