National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2006-11-07
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Birding is the fastest growing wildlife-related activity in the U.S., and even conservative estimates put the current number of U.S. birders at 50 million. According to theNew York Times,some authorities predict that by 2050 there will be more than 100 million--and theNational Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North Americawill be the essential reference for field identification and the cornerstone of any birder's library. This is the ultimate, indispensable bird field guide--comprehensive, authoritative, portable, sturdy, and easier than ever to use. Among the the new edition's key elements and practical improvements: Every North American species--more than 960, including a new section on accidental birds--classified according to the latest official American Ornithologists' Union checklist 4,000 full-color illustrations by the foremost bird artists at work todayand newly updated range maps that draw on the latest data New durable cover for added protection against adverse weather, plus informative quick-reference flaps that double as placemarkers New reader-friendly features like thumbtabs that make locating key sections faster and easier, and a quick-find index to direct users straight to the information they need.

Author Biography

Jon L. Dunn, a leading expert on the identification and distribution of North American birds, has served as chief consultant on all four previous editions of this book. He is also a consultant for the American Birding Association magazine, Birding, and the former chair of the ABA Checklist Committee, as well as a member of the California Bird Records Committee and the AOU Committee on Taxonomy and Nomenclature. He lives in Bishop, California.

Jonathan Alderfer, chief consultant for National Geographic's Birding Program, is a widely published author and field guide illustrator. One of the nation's foremost birding artists, he is well known for his expertise as a field ornithologist and an authority on North American birds. He was a general consultant, art consultant, and contributing artist for the NG Field Guide to the Birds of North America 3rd and 4th editions, and the lead editor of NG's Complete Birds of North America. A former Associate Editor of Birding, the ABA magazine, he also served on the Maryland/D.C. Bird Records Committee. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Ducks, Geese, Swansp. 20
Curassows, Guansp. 56
Partridges, Grouse, Turkeys, Old World Quailp. 56
New World Quailp. 66
Loonsp. 70
Grebesp. 74
Albatrossesp. 78
Shearwaters, Petrelsp. 82
Storm-Petrelsp. 94
Frigatebirdsp. 98
Tropicbirdsp. 98
Boobies, Gannetsp. 100
Pelicansp. 102
Dartersp. 104
Cormorantsp. 104
Herons, Bitterns, Alliesp. 108
Storksp. 114
Flamingosp. 114
Ibises, Spoonbillsp. 116
New World Vulturesp. 118
Hawks, Kites, Eagles, Alliesp. 118
Caracaras, Falconsp. 136
Limpkinsp. 146
Rails, Gallinules, Cootsp. 146
Cranesp. 152
Lapwings, Ploversp. 154
Jacanasp. 160
Oystercatchersp. 160
Stilts, Avocetsp. 160
Sandpipers, Phalaropes, Alliesp. 162
Gulls, Terns, Skimmersp. 198
Skuas, Jaegersp. 228
Auks, Murres, Puffinsp. 232
Pigeons, Dovesp. 242
Lories, Parakeets, Macaws, Parrotsp. 248
Cuckoos, Roadrunners, Anisp. 252
Owlsp. 256
Goatsuckersp. 266
Swiftsp. 270
Hummingbirdsp. 272
Trogonsp. 278
Kingfishersp. 280
Woodpeckers, Alliesp. 282
Tyrant Flycatchersp. 294
Shrikesp. 312
Vireosp. 314
Crows, Jaysp. 320
Larksp. 328
Swallowsp. 330
Babblersp. 334
Chickadees, Titmicep. 334
Penduline Tits, Verdinsp. 338
Long-tailed Tits, Bushtitsp. 338
Creepersp. 340
Nuthatchesp. 340
Wrensp. 342
Dippersp. 344
Kingletsp. 346
Old World Warblers, Gnatcatchersp. 346
Old World Flycatchersp. 350
Thrushesp. 352
Mockingbirds, Thrashersp. 362
Bulbulsp. 366
Starlingsp. 366
Accentorsp. 368
Wagtails, Pipitsp. 368
Waxwingsp. 372
Silky-flycatchersp. 372
Wood-Warblersp. 374
Olive Warblerp. 398
Tanagersp. 400
Bananaquitp. 402
Emberizids (Sparrows)p. 402
Cardinals, Saltators, Alliesp. 436
Blackbirdsp. 442
Fringilline and Cardueline Finches, Alliesp. 454
Old World Sparrowsp. 464
Weaversp. 464
Estrildid Finchesp. 464
Accidentals, Extinct Speciesp. 466
AOU and ABA Checklist Differences; Greenland; Bermudap. 480
Indexp. 482
Art Creditsp. 500
Acknowledgmentsp. 502
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