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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, 4TH ED.
Author: National Geographic Society
Publisher: BANTAM (BDD)/RANDOM HOUSE, Nov 2002
Aids in the identification of all species of birds known to breed in North America, describing their appearance, behavior, natural habitat, and rarity. 800 maps, quick-find index; 8x7 inches, 480 pgs.
Now in its fourth edition, the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America is the ultimate birder's field guide. Sturdy, portable, and easy-to-use, it features the most complete information available on every bird species known to North America. This revised edition features 250 completely updated range maps, new plumage and species classification information, specially commissioned full-color illustrations, and a superb new index that allows birders in the field to quickly identify a species.
The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fourth Edition will continue to be a bestseller among the fastest-growing sector in the U.S. travel market -- the nearly 25 million people who travel each year specifically to observe wild birds.
This field guide of choice for serious birders combines accurate illustrations with useful maps and text in an easily portable format. Textual information includes notes on identification, behavior, habitat, and song; the illustrations depict individual species in varying plumages.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Loons -- Grebes -- Albatrosses -- Shearwaters, petrels -- Storm-petrels -- Frigatebirds; tropicbirds -- Boobies, gannets -- Pelicans -- Anhingas; cormorants -- Herons, bitterns, egrets -- Storks, flamingos -- Ibises, spoonbills -- Ducks, geese, swans -- New World vultures; hawks, kites, eagles -- Caracaras, falcons -- Chacalacas; partridges, grouse, turkeys -- New World quail -- Limpkin; rails, gallinules, coots -- Cranes -- Lapwings, plovers -- Jacanas; oystercatchers; stilts, avocets -- Sandpipers, phalaropes -- Skuas, gulls, terns, skimmers -- Auks, murres, puffins -- Pigeons, doves -- Parakeets, parrots -- Cuckoos, roadrunners, anis -- Owls -- Nightjars -- Swifts -- Hummingbirds -- Trogons -- Kingfishers -- Woodpeckers -- Tyrant flycatchers -- Shrikes -- Vireos -- Crows, jays, magpies -- Larks -- Swallows -- Wrentit; chickadees, titmice -- Verdins; bushtits -- Creepers; nuthatches -- Wrens -- Dippers -- Kinglets; Old World warblers, gnatcatchers -- Olds World flycatchers -- Thrushes, robins -- Mockingbirds, thrashers -- Bulbuls; starlings -- Accentors; wagtails, pipits -- Waxwings; silky-flycatchers -- Wood-warblers -- Olive warbler -- Tanagers -- Bananaquits; towhees, sparrows, longspurs, emberiza buntings -- Cardinals, grosbeaks, passerina buntings -- Blackbirds, orioles -- Finches -- Old World sparrows; estrildid finches, weavers.