The organization will be familiar to bird aficionados everywhere. Each of the 82 avian families is treated in an individual section that begins with a brief essay covering the special characteristics of the family in terms of structure, behavior, plumage, distribution, taxonomy, and conservation. Each genus is then taken in turn; 962 species in total are described. Species entries include outstanding illustrations of each distinctive phase, gender, variant, and subspecies where such illustrations will provide assistance in identification. Clear and updated distribution maps are included. Occasional sidebars offer information on differentiating similar species and subspecies as well as other interesting details about a particular bird or group of birds. Directly aimed at helping birders, the text for each species pays special attention to distinctive characteristics and offers helpful advice for identification. Comprehensiveness is excellent, and there is no reason to doubt the editor's claim that the book includes every resident and established variant through September 2005.
Alderfer and National Geographic have produced a volume that, though certainly not as comprehensive as Cornell University's Birds of North America [http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA], rivals and often surpasses the Audubon Society's Sibley Guide to Birds (Knopf, 2000). Enthusiastically recommended for most types of libraries and collections. Jeff Kosokoff
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I highly recomend this book for anyone looking to ID birds in there own backyard.
This book will be used at home to get more information about a bird that simply can't be included in any reasonably sized field guide.
So I gave this book to her for christmas and she just loves it, she thanked me so I am thanking you.
Excellent book, fast shipping. Lots of pictures and very imformative. Amust for the casual bird feeder watcher.Published 1 month ago by Avalanche_Gary
I gave this book to my mother for her birthday. After seeing it I wish I had bought two. This is a great bird book.Published 1 month ago by SteveH
Seems to be the "encyclopedic" desk reference I wanted. As others have pointed out, this is not intended as a field guide. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William T. Pool
I am overwhelmingly thrilled with the gorgeous illustrations and detailed information on each bird and the maps and migration patterns.Published 7 months ago by Beverley R. Enright
I found this book to be very informative; I only would have liked to see more actual color photographs rather than the drawings. This is a good coffee table book.Published 7 months ago by Fay Moore
I enjoy watching and identifying the birds as my 9 lb. cat and 50 lb. Red Australian Sheppard do also. My dog loves to chase off the squirrels. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cherie Hadley