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The Sibley Guide to Birds

Format:  Paperback,

544 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2000

ISBN-13: 9780679451228

ISBN-10: 0679451226

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The book that changed the way America looks at birds. Published to universal acclaim in 2000, with more than half a million copies sold!

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Publisher: West Academic
Publish Date: Apr 2009
ISBN-13: 9780314199805
ISBN-10: 0314199802
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 1044
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.75 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Sibley, David Allen

David Allen Sibley, 1961 - David Allen Sibley son of the well-known ornithologist Fred Sibley, began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. He has written and illustrated articles on bird identification for Birding and American Birds, which is now Field Notes, as well as regional publications and books. Since 1980 David has traveled the continent watching birds on his own and as a tour leader for WINGS, Inc. He is best known for his birding guides.

Chapter outline

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

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2000-11-01)

The "Peterson Field Guides" series have long served as the benchmark for field guides. Now come two new birding titles that certainly meet the Peterson standard of excellence, with such features as basic information, range maps, voice descriptions, comparisons with similar species, scientific and common name indexes, the specification of field marks, and the inclusion of exotics. Rather than using the typical drawings and paintings, birding expert and Audubon field editor Kaufman selected over 2000 digitally edited photographs, enhanced to improve contrast, color, and the like.

The excellent result will appeal to beginning birders perhaps intimidated by illustrations. In order to make useful comparisons, Kaufman varies the organization a bit from the American Ornithological Union (AOU) standard. Helpful headers, color coded to groups (e.g., wading birds), break down further into categories such as huge waders and waders with odd bills. Kaufman's text is simple and uncluttered, a plus for novices. Noted avian artist Sibley provides more than 6000 detailed illustrations (including pictures of the flying bird from above and below, a first in a birding guide) that are as excellent as Kaufman's photos.

His text is far more substantial in detail, including flight patterns, more plumage variations (young juvenile, juvenile, adult) for nearly all the birds, and more detail in range maps. Although it is larger and heavier that Kaufman's title, this guide will serve experienced birders extremely well, However, it might provide more information than a beginner needs. The bottom line: both guides are highly recommended for all collections, Kaufman to serve the novices and the unsure, Sibley to delight the more experienced as well.

[Kaufman's book was previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/00; for more guidance on field guides, see Christina Peterson's "Tracking Nature Field Guides", LJ 6/1/00, p. 83-87.DEd.] - DNancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book 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 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.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great reference book for a seasoned bird watcher or for a beginner...easy to use and beautifully illustrated. 11/21/2012
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Very informative product The Sibley Guide to Birds is the definitive document on the subject having replaced previous luminaries written by others in the past 20 years. This book is a "must own" by anyone who is seriously considering bird watching or by those who have a passing interest in our feathered friends. The book will provide insight and quench the imagination. 08/09/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Wonderful reference book. It was delivered very quickly. 03/28/2011
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