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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426209649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426209642
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Sample from the Bird Watcher's Bible

Angry Birds: Buzzards
Trolling for small fish, a Black Skimmer flies low
over water near Long Island, New York.
James Galletto/National Geographic My Shot (p. 46)

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Angry Birds: Buzzards
Easily recognized by the white tips on its blue crest, a
Victoria Crowned-Pigeon fixes its red eye on the camera.
Lana/Shutterstock (Pg. 53)

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Angry Birds: Buzzards
The scoop face of the Barn Owl helps to funnel sound
to its ear openings, placed near its eyes.
S.Cooper Digital/Shutterstock (p. 55)

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Angry Birds: Buzzards
A Wandering Albatross spreads its long wings as it
readies for takeoff near South Georgia Island.
John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk/National
Geographic Stock (Pg. 282)

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Angry Birds: Buzzards
A Black-headed Gull presents a ghostly appearance as
it lands at Lake Windermere in England.
Christopher Hoyle/National Geographic My Shot (Pg. 372)

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Angry Birds: Buzzards
The largest birds in the world, a group of Ostriches
feeds in Marakele National Park in South Africa.
EcoPrint/Shutterstock (Pg. 19)

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Review

“The book is worth the price of admission for purely visual reasons, though readers will find the text equally rewarding” Publisher’s Weekly starred review

"This book is a treasure trove of colorful paintings and photographs, interesting sidebars, top-ten lists... worth its considerable price for the artwork alone. A browser’s delight... This book should have wide appeal for all birders and bird enthusiasts. Highly recommended."Library Journal

“Captivating photographs with art, fantastic bits of trivia and history, anatomy lessons, tips on becoming a birder...” Denver Post

“It easily ranks with the top three or four bird books published in 2012.”  –Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Bird fanciers will find much to like and learn about in this beautiful book.” The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA)

“A pictorial feast...clear, witty prose…if one were looking for a single volume to serve as a basic reference, Bird Watcher's Bible would be it.” –Examiner.com 

"Beautifully illustrated and full of fascinating facts." –Book News

“Even for nonbirders… surprisingly readable… interesting bird facts, how-to hints, folklore and history. The beautiful illustrations are a treat.” –Metro.US.com 

"...in the upper echelons of aesthetic appeal." –10000 Birds blog

"Everything that is great about National Geographic jumps out at you…Filled with jaw-dropping visuals…one of the most beautiful and informative bird books out there.” Bird Freak blog

"This book is a great addition to any birder's collection and would make a very nice Christmas present!" –Nutty Birder blog

“The breadth of topics covered is staggering…This is a very attractive book, which makes it all the more pleasurable to pore over.” –The Birder’s Library 

“Belongs in every bird watcher’s library.” –Laura’s Birding Blog

Customer Reviews

Great for bird watchers of all ages, people interested in nature, and children.
chica2013
I don't believe it will satisfy someone who is seriously into birding or who is seeking richer information - it didn't for me - so I happily gave it to a friend.
Val-erie
Valuable resource, with accurate illustrations & information -all on sturdy pages.
Cassie14

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lindy on December 15, 2012
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I heard Laura Erickson review this book on her show "For the Birds". She loved the book and so do I. It contains a wealth of information and the photography and drawings are fantastic. Well worth the money and of the caliber you would expect from National Geographic.
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My son loves his library edition of this book so much, I came here to buy him his own copy. Perhaps some of the adults are disappointed because it might be for beginners / new learners rather than seasoned birders.
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The service and item condition were great! We were dissatisfied with the content of the book, and now know why the original owner parted with it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Val-erie on June 26, 2013
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As others have said, it's a nicely illustrated book and very good for someone overall interested in BIRDS. I don't believe it will satisfy someone who is seriously into birding or who is seeking richer information - it didn't for me - so I happily gave it to a friend.
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By Rosemary McGettrick on February 11, 2015
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Love it. Just what I hoped it would be.
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Typical Nat'l Geographic quality book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Deffeyes on January 3, 2013
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The song says, "the things that you're liable to read in the bible, they ain't necessarily so." However, this is NOT true of this bible. This is the true word of bird.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TexasReader on December 23, 2012
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Lots of photos, great information. A good companion to other books like Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas for birders.
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