796 pages, Col illus throughout
The culmination of many years of research, observation, and study, the new Stokes Field Guide includes more species, more photographs, and more useful identification information than any other North American photographic field guide. The guide features 853 North American bird species and more than 3,400 stunning colour photographs. And yet it's portable enough to fit in your pocket! The photographs cover all significant plumages, including male, female, summer, winter, immature, morphs, important subspecies and birds in flight.
Also included are: * the newest scientific and common names and phylogenetic order; * special help for identifying birds in flight through important clues of behavior, plumage, and shape; * detailed descriptions of songs and calls; * important behavioral information; * key habitat preferences of each species; and * the newest range maps, detailing species' winter, summer, year-round ranges, and migration routes.
"[...] The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America contains an extensive collection of photographs and useful information not included in other field guides. Even if you don’t plan on using it in the field, it makes an ideal compact reference to keep in your car or close at hand at home."
- Grant McCreary (28-01-2011), read the full review at The Birder's Library
"Birders worldwide will eagerly welcome this comprehensive and all-inclusive new field guide from Donald and Lillian Stokes. Brimming with 3400 stunning photographs illustrating 854 species, this is unequivocally the most spectacular compendium of North American bird identification photographs ever assembled between two covers. [...] this monumental volume offers birders the most up-to-date information on field identification of North American birds currently available. [...] [it] significantly resets the bar for North America field guides."
– Wayne Petersen, Massachusetts Audubon Society
"This is by far the most comprehensive North American field guide I have in my possession. [It] is so chock-full of quality photos, complete descriptions, maps and so forth [...] There are so many nice modern features that make this field guide extremely useful and user-friendly. I could go on and on [...] Yet another quality product from the Stokes, the endearing Ma & Pa of the birding world."
– Robert Mortensen, Idaho Birding Blog
"[I]f one is going to own a photographic field guide for the birds of North America, the Stokes now have the most complete book on the market [...] The list of each species subspecies and hybrids is a wonderful touch; I can't think of any other field guide that ever included such information [...] you can't go wrong with this guide."
– Cory Finger, 10,000 Birds Blog
"This is a glorious book put together with loving attention to detail [...] a superb, good-value field guide."
– Mark Cocker, BBC Wildlife
"The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America is an easy-to-use, superbly designed field guide that is detailed enough to be useful for birders of all experience levels. Highly recommended, this field guide is sure to be a delightful addition to any birder's library."
– About.com Birding Guide
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Don and Lillian Stokes are widely recognized as America's foremost authorities on birds and nature.