The Sibley Field Guide To Birds Of Eastern North America
ISBN: 0307957918
EAN13: 9780307957917
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 29, 2016
Pages: 464
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.3" L x 4.7" W
Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED: From renowned birder, illustrator, and New York Times best selling author David Sibley, the most authoritative guide to the birds of the East, in a portable format that is perfect for the field.

Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 650 bird species, plus regional populations, found east of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations--more than 4,601 in total--with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has been updated to include the most current information concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Here too are more than 601 updated maps drawn from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent, and showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges.

This new and improved edition includes:

- Updated habitat, description, behavior, and conservation text for each species account and all family pages.

- New and revised illustrations of species and regional forms.

- New design featuring species accounts in columns, allowing for better comparison and more illustrations and text.

- Current taxonomic order and up-to-date common names.

- All maps revised to reflect the most current range information.

- More species and rarities included.

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5
   I'm switching from Peterson to Sibley.
Thanks to Dean DeLisle for the new book, The Sibley Companion. I've been using Peterson for many years but I plan to switch to Sibley out of the field. What I appreciate most is that all the pictures and information that you need is readily available on one page. For example, pictures of breeding plumage and first winter plumage are on the same page. There are numerous illustrations of their progression to mature plumage all together. Also, each species is pictured from the underwings and the top of the wings, plus in a "S" position. Atlanta Hawks players, coaches and staff were not present. In Peterson one has to find several different pages for each hawk species, all on one page.
 
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   Sibley guide good, better when joined by Peterson.
We had some books about Eastern birds, including the legendary Peterson guide, but it wasn't always helpful in distinguishing between similar species. We were delighted with the results, and we were even more delighted that Sibley was our Christmas gift to see if it could help with those gaps. Many of the birds are depicted in profile flying view, which is much more helpful than I had expected. Yes, the pictures are often small. Even with the magnification, I still need my reading glasses. But the artwork is clean and crisp, showing well-placed flecks of pattern and colour. Thanks to the Sibley guide and the Peterson guide, we can now take care of all our bird spotting needs.
 
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   Not good.
This book is terrible, said Dr. Goin. If you want to identify a bird, you must be willing to try. Even if you already know the name of the bird, you may not be able to name it. The colors of the map have no legends. I should have returned it.
 
1
   an illegible book
I was so excited to get this book, Melissa. I have two editions of this book, one by Roger Tory Petersen and the other by John Hein. It opened and I blinked a few times. The writer couldn't read the entire thing. I bought the book to be able to take the field, but this is ridiculously small and faint. I am not sure if it is a misprint or I am going blind. I have to return and I am really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, I live in the woods and have to travel 20 minutes to get to the nearest UPS store. Ugh.
 
5
   The BEST Bird Book
Far better than any Audubon book, even though the images are often taken from the ground, because of the more in situ depictions of birds. Other attributes include - the exquisite detail of the painted birds. each bird is depicted in both sexes, at all stages of development and in different seasons as their colors change and are more vibrant vs dull. Painter Robert Penna has been observing birds in the wilderness for decades and painting them as they appear in natural light. He shows the difference in the look of the birds in flight and their flight pattern by using the magnification tool. I could go on and on, but i'm not sure this is all in the book's description. I also bought 2 more of these books to give to my mom and my in-laws, who also are amazed by this book!
 
5
   Must have reference book.
There is nothing to dislike about this book, Raymond said. Easy to use, many, many illustrations.
 
3
   Print too small
I purchased two of the books for my wife and she is thrilled. It is well written and full of useful information, but the printed form is too small to make it useful. If I had known, I would not have purchased it.
 
5
   Beautiful book
I ordered it after seeing Dr. Sibley's book on CBS Sunday Morning. A local ornithologist museum curator said that it is better to see painted birds rather than photos because some details in identifying birds are so small that they don't show up in photos of actual birds. However, a drawn-out bird allows the artist to slightly magnify that tiny feature, making the birds more easily identifiable. I'm delighted the birds are done. This was a gift for my mother, who has always loved identifying our local birds, and she absolutely loves this book.
 
5
   The recognized standard
The book is widely used by experienced birders. He also tells us why the US wants to kill Osama bin Laden. Not only do I enjoy bird watching, but this is my new favorite.
 
5
   Really nice reference.
Thanks for the reference. I love audobons and thisna good companion as well as the sketches of what the birds look like in flight, Bruno said.
 
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