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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792253124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792253129
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Alderfer, chief consultant for the National Geographic Birding Program, is a respected field ornithologist and one of America's foremost birding artists.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Curious Wren on September 12, 2006
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Be aware that this is not a comprehensive guide to every bird you'd find in AZ and NM. However, if you want most of them, this is a handy, pocket-sized guide (4x6 inches) with nice photos. The layout provides two facing pages per species -- a photo on the left and description/text on the right. Every text page has a color-coded map showing EXACTLY where the bird is found and in what season. Many pages also have a small inset photo (at the bottom of the page) of a similar-looking bird, with a short note about it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2008
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On a recent trip to Arizona I got this guide because the National Geographic guide to birds of North America is so good and thought the excellence would carry through the line. This might be a good supplemental guide if you have another reference and want something small to carry in your car but of the first three species I tried to identify two weren't included here. I ended up getting the Kaufman Guide to Birds of North America because I didn't own a copy and it had the birds I was trying to identify.

There are some pretty photographs but few variations are illustrated and it just isn't complete enough for me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jack Holloway on September 23, 2010
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BASICS: softcover, 2006, 272pp; compact guide shows 173 (30%) of the more common birds found in AZ/NM; 125 species each shown with a single good color photo and another 68 species with a single tiny color drawing; basic field marks given for each bird and, for those with photos, brief notes provided on behavior, voice, habitat, and general regions to be found; 124 birds are given a range map

This guide will appeal to the more casual or novice birder. It will also be useful to those people who take a fascination with the common local birds visiting their feeders or, birds that may be seen during a walk through a park or at a convenient recreation area just outside of town. I'd recommend giving this book to a beginning birder to encourage his/her interest without overwhelming or intimidating them with the hundreds of species (and thousands of plumages) that exist. Start them easy with this simplified but attractive guide.

As another book in a series of National Geographic mini-guides, this little book shows 173 (30%) of the more common birds found in the two states of Arizona and New Mexico. For 125 of these birds, each is shown with a single, good quality color photograph that takes up nearly a full page. These photos show just the adult male. The other 68 species might be deemed as "token" inclusions since they are tiny (2-3cm) color drawings tucked in the lower corner of the page.

For each photographed bird, general or basic material is provided that covers field marks, behavior, voice, habitat, and generalized regions of the states where the bird is typically found. The field marks are relatively simple short comments aimed at providing a minimal description to the novice birder. Each of these birds is also accompanied by a range map of AZ and NM.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on May 28, 2013
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This is an excellent refernce for both of my son's. One living in Prescott Arizona and the other in Santa Fe New Mexico.

This gives helps me to help my son's to identify the Birds in there backyards and has helped to get them involved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NBP on April 27, 2012
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I love this book. There is a chart in the back of the book with birds divided by their primary colors. It shows a headshot of the bird and tells you which page it's on. This makes finding birds fast.

For each bird, there is a picture on the left-hand page and information on the right-hand page. The information on the right-hand page tells the markings, behavior, habitat, and local sites for the bird. It is brief but very informative. Many pages have "Field Notes," which give additional information such as a bird that looks very similar to the one on the page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AZDuck on July 31, 2013
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Great guide book and very informative. Would definitely recommend to anyone new to birding or interested in finding out what is in your backyard.
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By Al on April 6, 2012
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A handy little guide that easily fits in a blue jeans back pocket. It has large color photos. Pages arranged by overall type/group (i.e. hawks & eagles, hummingbirds, etc). Also has an index listing birds by general description, useful for those starting out. Inexpensive, easy to carry, nicely organized: got exactly what I was looking for.
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