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Product Details

  • Series: National Geographic Backyard Guides
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426207204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426207204
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Valuable, as both a reference and as a 'browsing' book." –Bird Watchers Digest

“Like everything published by the National Geographic Society, it's first rate…many of the bird illustrations painted by the foremost birding artist Jonathan Alderfer…What sets [it] apart is the inclusion of photographs, lists of preferred foods and nesting habitats, seasonal range maps, and keys to identification -- all tailored toward the backyard birder. –Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“A great book to give to those backyard birdwatchers in your life--or any friend or neighbor who might appreciate the birds in their yard…attractively designed and chock-full of useful and interesting information…provides many ways to approach, identify, and enjoy birds. Each section includes noteworthy features that make it not only beautiful but useful.” –The Birdchaser 

“A handy-sized, easy-to-use tool for backyard birding…The information on each species is superb…fascinating nuggets…” –Birdfreak.com

 “Even inexperienced birders will be able to easily use this highly illustrated guide.”
 –Book News, Inc.
 
“National Geographic turns its considerable field guide expertise to birds of the backyard.”
BirdWatching

About the Author

Jonathan Alderfer is a nationally known bird artist and author who has worked on a number of National Geographic's birding books. His previous titles for National Geographic include Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, Illustrated Birds, Birding Essentials, and Complete Birds of North America.

Jon L. Dunn and Louise Zemaitis, authors and experts on bird feeding, landscaping for birds, butterflies, and birding for children, will contribute to the book.

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Customer Reviews

Purchased this book for my husband's birthday.
sej
This book has very nice colored pictures which helps to identify our backyard birds.
Big Kahuna
The book is so wonderful and the pictures are extremely accurate.
sherry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

106 of 107 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I thought I had the best bird book to identify the birds in my yard until I found this bird guide. It identifies 150 species. There is a quick find index on the inside cover with pictures - a real help! Information is given on feeding, bird houses and how to distinguish between similar species.
The colour heads of birds leads you to the pages where complete pictures, range maps, food and general identification information can be found.
There are inserts included; such as why do birds migrate and how to attract hummingbirds. A glossary is built-in with additional reading.
Anyone who looks out and wants to know more of the feathered friends flying around will benefit from this guide.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By H. McClelland on April 11, 2011
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I gave this book to three amateur bird fans who enjoy watching birds at their kitchen window feeders. All reported back that this was the most useful bird book they had seen, with clear photos & identifying features, and interesting relevant facts.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By sej on April 28, 2011
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Purchased this book for my husband's birthday. It is a delightful, colorful book, with a ton of information. You can easily identify your backyard birds and know their habits, eating, etc. A really nice book!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DW on October 13, 2012
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I purchased this book for my father-in-law who is in his 80's. The pictures and print are to small for an older person to view or read. The book has great information but few photos most pictures are colored illustrations.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By 5/0 on August 3, 2011
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NatGeo's "Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America is the best "user-friendly" bird guide I've ever seen in 50 years of birding. One of the things that makes it a standout is that they included the RIGHT information that everyday birders can use. And as another reviewer mentions, it is a very good (and painless) tutorial as well as a guide. I will recommend this great book to everyone I know.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 26, 2011
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For those who are interested in doing most of their birding at home, this book is a great tutorial. The inside front and back covers have a visual index to bird species and there is a color index of head shots right after the table of contents. This allows for rapid identification of most common birds.

A terrific addition to my other bird guides and very handy to use.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Delores Poohl on August 14, 2012
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Easy to use, includes colorful bird pictures,maps of location, quick find index(grouped according to specie),and compact size for ease in bird watching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Gramenopoulos on December 10, 2012
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Great informative book with detailed pictures. Only gripe for me was the text size as this was a gift for my father who is 74.
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