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A Field Guide to the Birds of Texas: and Adjacent States (Peterson Field Guides) Paperback – June 12, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Peterson Field Guides
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Exp Sub edition (June 12, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395921384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395921388
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mike Christie on January 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
For each bird, Peterson gives field marks, similar species, and where found (overall and within Texas) as the main information; the latter is useful for elimination. Where appropriate he also has sections for voice and nest. The emphasis on field identification is good, with additional sections showing, for example, silhouettes of accipiters, falcons, kites and harriers to show the differences.
However, many of the plates are black and white, or line drawings, and this is a significant drawback. For that reason I'd recommend John Tveten's The Birds of Texas instead, although it's not as handy out in the field, and has less coverage of casuals and accidentals. The organization of the Peterson is good enough that you might want to get both.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
This guide is good for identifying birds of Texas, the ranges are listed by their proximity to cities. There are no color plates, but the descriptions are pretty good. Would like to see information on feeding. I would recommend a supplemental guide (National Geographic 3rd Ed.) for additional information.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Gibson Ralph on July 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Range identification excellent but, although there is a 1998 date on the book, the names do not agree with current ABA nomenclature. Illustrations and descriptions are separated and minimal use of color limits the usefullness. When used for identification, range information is the most usefull. Not up to the standard expected in connection with the Peterson name.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda G. Wilson on March 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am an amateur bird watcher in Central Texas. I don't know much about them so "COLOR" pictures are very important to me in order to identify them. He describes them well but the pics aren't good. There are no color pics of the Titmice, Swallows,Pigeons, Doves,Purple Martins. These birds are so common and I don't understand why he wouldn't have color pics. So now I have to get another book so I can see pics and tell the difference bewteen a Starling, Purple Martin and some swallows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Although it does lack the color pages, the most useful aspect for the novice are the plates with the field marks clearly located. To the complete novice, birds are often "that little brown job over there" or "that darkish-kind of thing up in that tree." Although I love my color Audubon guide, I find that I reach for the Peterson guide more frequently when deciding between species.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jimmy on November 11, 2012
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From my perspective as an ardent although not advanced birder, Peterson's Texas field guide remains the standard for its area. For quick identification, the Peterson System of field marks is unsurpassed, in my view. The use of painting rather than photography distills the essential appearance of the bird, eliminating unnecessary details that are caught by the camera, thus saving the time to observe these details when they are not needed for identification. And time is critical, as there is no telling how long the critter will remain in the field of the observer's binocular. (Peterson himself was both a photographer and an artist, so he was well aware of the distinctions between these media.) The habitat and geographical data in the book are remarkably useful given their brevity, and Peterson has a knack for introducing a comment in just the right place. This printing of the book helpfully concentrates the illustrations at the beginning, rather than scattering them throughout like earlier printings. It is quite true that some parts require updating. But for its strengths the book is timeless. Whatever field guides have been published since--and I have bought a number of them--I keep going back to Peterson for visual streamlining, speed and ease of use, and pure, distilled practicality.
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By Hoppin Mad Texan on July 7, 2014
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Great book for any birder!
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After many attempts, this book provides lots of samples with clear, concise pictures. I've been successful at identifying several species in my new area of residence and recommend it for beginners as well as veteran bird watchers.
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