Sibley Guide to Birds

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Description: David Allen Sibley, America's most gifted contemporary painter of birds, is the author and illustrator of this comprehensive guide. His beautifully detailed illustrations—more than 6,600 in all—and descriptions of 810 species and 350 regional  More...

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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/3/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

David Allen Sibley, America's most gifted contemporary painter of birds, is the author and illustrator of this comprehensive guide. His beautifully detailed illustrations—more than 6,600 in all—and descriptions of 810 species and 350 regional populations will enrich every birder's experience. The Sibley Guide's innovative design makes it entirely user friendly. The illustrations are arranged to facilitate comparison, yet still capture the unique character of each species. The Sibley Guide to Birds provides a wealth of new information: —Captioned illustrations show many previously unpublished field marks and revisions of known marks —Nearly every species is shown in flight —Measurements include length, wingspan, and weight for every species —Subspecies and geographic varients are covered thoroughly —Complete voice descriptions are included for every species —Maps show the complete distribution of every species: summer and winter ranges, migration routes, and rare occurrences Both novice and experienced birders will appreciate these and other innovative features: —An introductory page for each family or group of related families makes comparisons simple —Clear and concise labels with pointers identify field marks directly —Birds are illustrated in similar poses to make comparisons between species quick and easy —Illustrations emphasize the way birds look in the field With The Sibley Guide to Birds, the National Audubon Society makes the art and expertise of David Sibley available to the world in a comprehensive, handsome, easy-to-use volume that will be the indispensable identification guide every birder must own.

David Allen Sibley, son of the well-known ornithologist Fred Sibley, began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. Since 1980, he has traveled throughout the North American continent studying the natural world, both on his own and as a leader of bird-watching tours. He is the author of several guides to bird identification including The Sibley Guide to Birds, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior, Sibley's Birding Basics, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, and The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Classification of Birds
Learning to Identify Birds
Variation in Appearance
Learning Songs and Calls
Finding Rare Birds
Ethics
Extinct Species
Bird Topography
Parts of a Passerine
Head Feathers
Body Feathers
Wing Feathers
Parts of a Shorebird
Parts of a Duck
Parts of a Gull
Molt and Plumage
North American Birds Species Accounts
Loons
Grebes
Albatrosses, Petrels, and Shearwaters
Storm-Petrels
Pelecaniformes
Anhinga
Boobies
Cormorants
Frigatebirds
Gannets
Pelicans
Tropicbirds
Cormorants and Anhinga
Identification of Sulids
Wading Birds
Bitterns
Egrets
Flamingos
Herons
Ibises
Spoonbills
Storks
Identification of White Herons
Identification of Dark Ibises
Swans, Geese, and Ducks
Identification of Swans
Geese Head and Bill Shapes
Domestic Waterfowl
Exotic Waterfowl
Identification of Scaup
Identification of Eiders
Diving Motions
Identification of Scoters
Identification of Goldeneyes
Diurnal Raptors
Eagles
Falcons
Hawks
Vultures
Harrier Flight Shapes
Raptor Hunting Techniques
Identification of Accipiters
Identification of Buteos
Identification of Falcons
Upland Game Birds
Chachalacas
Grouse
Partridges
Pheasants
Prairie-Chickens
Ptarmigan
Quail
Turkeys
Exotic Game Birds
Gruiformes
Coots
Cranes
Limpkin
Moorthens
Rails
Habits of Rails
Shorebirds
Avocets
Curlews
Dowitchers
Godwits
Jacanas
Lapwings
Oystercatchers
Phalaropes
Plovers
Ruff
Sandpipers
Snipe
Stilts
Turnstones
Willet
Woodcocks
Yellowlegs
Rare Shorebirds
Aging and Identification of Shorebirds
Identification of Peeps
Aerial Displays of Snipe and Woodcock
Identification of Phalaropes
Jaegers and Skuas
Jaeger Bill Shapes
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Hybrid Gulls
Identification of Gulls
Alcids
Auklets
Dovekie
Guillemots
Murrelets
Murres
Puffins
Identification of Murres
Pigeons and Doves
Parrots and Their Allies
Cuckoos and Their Allies
Anis
Cuckoos
Roadrunners
Owls
Goatsuckers and Swifts
Hummingbirds
Identification of Hummingbirds
Trogons
Kingfishers
Woodpeckers
Drumming Sounds
Tyrant Flycatchers
Flycatchers
Kingbirds
Pewees
Phoebes
Wood-Pewees
Shrikes and Vireos
Jays, Crows, and Their Allies
Crows
Jays
Magpies
Ravens
Scrub-Jays
Larks
Open-Ground Birds
Swallows
Molt in Swallows
Chickadees and Their Allies
Bushtit
Chickadees
Titmice
Verdin
Drab Gray Birds of the Arid Southwest
Nuthatches and Creepers
Wrens
Scold Notes
Sedge Wren and Grass Sparrows
Old World Warblers, Thrushes, and Their Allies
Bluebirds
Dippers
Gnatcatchers
Kinglets
Robins
Thrushes
Warblers
Wrentit
Identification of Gnatcatchers
Typical Thrushes
Robinlike Songs
Mimids
Catbirds
Mockingbirds
Thrashers
Starlings and Mynas
Wagtails and Pipits
Silky-Flycatchers and Bulbuls
Waxwings
Wood-Warblers
Parulas
Redstarts
Warblers
Waterthrushes
Blue-winger [times] Golden-winged Hybrids
Warbler Plumages
Identification of Fall Warblers
Identifying Songs
Aberrant Passerines
Tanagers, Cardinals, and Their Allies
Bananaquit
Cardinaline Buntings
Cardinals
Dickcissel
Grosbeaks
Tanagers
Identification of Tanagers
Identification of Grosbeaks
Identification of Cardinaline Buntings
Emberizine Sparrows and Their Allies
Emberizine Buntings
Juncos
Longspurs
Sparrows
Towhees
Identification of Spizella Sparrows
Sparrowlike Birds
Identification of Emberizine Buntings
Icterids
Blackbirds
Bobolink
Cowbirds
Grackles
Meadowlarks
Orioles
Identification of Meadowlarks
Identification of Orioles
Finches and Old World Sparrows
Crossbills
Finches
Goldfinches
Grosbeaks
Old World Sparrows
Redpolls
Siskins
Red Crossbill Types
Identification of Red Crossbills
Exotic Finches
Species Index

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