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"Pictures plus facts plus story: a winning combination. A great book for someone with a new or casual interest in birds, and even older children." --The Birder's Library blog

"The slim 192-page Pocket Guide provides helpful tips, such as how to use binoculars and how to look at an unfamiliar bird in order to identify it." --BirdWatching Magazine 

"Affordable and lightweight enough to carry on any outing...a perfect way for the whole family to discover the joys of bird-watching and explore the continent's amazing bird life." --FatBirder.com

"A great introduction to North America’s common birds, promoting not only identification but also a genuine interest in birds." The Birder's Library

About the Author

LAURA ERICKSON has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, blogger, public speaker, photographer, and Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s written six previous books about birds, including a National Outdoor Book Award winner. She’s currently a columnist and contributing editor for BirdWatching magazine. She produces the long-running “For the Birds” radio program for many public radio stations; the program is podcast on iTunes. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

JONATHAN ALDERFER, artist and naturalist, is the resident birding expert at National Geographic. He is author and editor of numerous National Geographic birding books, including co-author of the top-selling Field Guide to the Birds of North America. The author lives Washington, D.C..
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426210442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426210440
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

This is an excellent pocket guide for the field.
Ozzie
Laura Erickson has a talent in sharing the most interesting facts about each bird - facts you will remember.
Mary A. Hosier
It is just enough for us to figure out what bird we're looking at or hearing and a few tidbits.
Renee L Trippel

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brooks on August 17, 2013
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Even though this is only a pocket guide it should have more common species included. The red headed woodpecker is not in this guide so I didn't refer to it any more. Now using the N.G. Field Guide, it's larger and heavier and not as easy to carry, but has more birds in it, including the red headed woodpecker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael on April 28, 2013
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As a beginner to bird watching in New York, I was very pleased with this pocket guide. It includes every species that I'm likely to see, a map of their habitat in different seasons, illustrations that point out what to look for to identify the species, and a concise and informative description which describes their call, habits, and fun facts. In short, each page gives you exactly what you need to identify a bird.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wordslinger on May 5, 2013
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I bought this particular edition for two reasons. First, it is coauthored by Laura Erikson, a true "birder" and an exceptional photographer. I learn a great deal from her whenever she is available online at the Cornell Lab livestreaming Great Blue Heron cams. Second, it's National Geographic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzen on May 26, 2013
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The author, Laura Erickson, is a genius! She excels as a teacher and a writer. Her enthusiasm is contagious, all ages and abilities will benefit from any book, publication or program with which she is affiliated!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mcbeth on July 21, 2013
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I was disappointed because of the lack of birds it had. You can't put all the birds in an area in a pocket guide but there where a lot of the standard birds missing, example; Violet-Green Swallow.
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By Don on January 17, 2015
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I was very disappointed in this book. I bought it without looking at it as I am a big fan of the National Geo's full sized guide. Unfortunately, this has a lot of birds either missing, casually mentioned, or strangely illustrated. I just think they tried a bit of a different approach and missed the boat.

For example, ducks have just six entries plus the common merganser. Then there is a two-page spread of "other ducks." As far as to what I consider curious illustrations, the black-crowned night heron is illustrated with the juvenile while the adult is shown in a small thumbnail at the bottom of the page. The mallard is shown in a head-on shot coming in for a landing that is a dramatic photo, but not very useful for identification.

There are any number of better books available for either the field or home. One nice little book that is convenient to carry anywhere and is low cost is the Golden Field Guide from St. Martin's Press. Certainly there are better books than this as well, but it is compact and convenient, and rather inexpensive -- cheap enough I have one in each car, one in the RV, one in the boat, and one with my binos ready for a walk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By soylentbean on September 3, 2014
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the best bird book I've been able to find. Easy to read, easy to identify and easy to carry around!
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By Ginny Floyd on November 1, 2013
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I bought this book for my 6 year old Grandson. He loves birds. This book has wonderful pictures and simple explainations. Great size for him to carry around. Would like to check out more topics from this distributor. The only negitive thing I can say is that it took 2 weeks to be delivered, for me I would have been fine but for a 6 year old it could'nt come fast enough. He asked me everyday when will it be here. Thank you
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