The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America: Second Edition

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This book is an excellent guide to birding for both experienced and novice birdwatchers. To help those just beginning this fascinating hobby, an extensive key to how to use the book, as well as tips for identifying birds and how to start, is included, as well as diagrams of the different feather groups; there is also a ruler printed into the front of the book for helping with sizing. This volume covers the birds west of the Rocky Mountains, in extensive and comprehensive detail. The bulk and beauty of the book is, of course, the pictures and commentary that identify the birds. These are grouped according to families and show birds of different ages, in flight and standing, their range, a description of their call(s), and other helpful identifying information. The pictures are beautiful and well-arranged, ordered so you can easily find the type of bird you think you have seen and make a more accurate identification, from songbirds and shorebirds to hawks and hummingbirds. Pocket-sized and in durable soft-cover, with glossy, thick, and beautifully printed pages, it is perfect companion for your bird-watching adventures.

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Author David Sibley
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 504 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 29-Mar-2016
ISBN 9780307957924
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Issue May 2016
Category Science & Nature


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