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American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America Eastern Region Paperback – January 31, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: DK (January 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756658675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756658670
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I went to my local bookstore and compared 4 different birding guides: 1) Peterson's 2) American Museum 3) National Geographic and 4) Sibley. I looked up over a dozen birds that had been difficult to identify and I took notes on which book was best for each bird. My two favorites were Peterson's and American Museum (this book).

I selected this one for a few reasons:
- The photos make it very easy to identify birds, esp for beginners
- I liked how each bird had its own page, with tons of information (migration map, similar species, male/female variation, points of emphasis for identification)
- Each bird has an area for notes - date seen, where, comments
- Best index of all the guides. For example, the Yellow-rumped warbler is listed under both "yellow" and "warbler," whereas in the other guides it's only listed under "warbler".

This guide does have a few downsides:
- It's pretty large
- It doesn't have as much information on differences due to age or season. For example, some birds are much more muted in the winter and therefore look pretty different. Or, most juvenile birds look very different from adults. Peterson's does a great job of illustrating these differences.
- Sometimes I found the species grouping in Peterson's to be helpful in identification.

Conclusion: This is a great reference, especially for beginners. If you need something more portable or more detailed for very specific identification, then Peterson's may be a better choice for you.
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When I read the other reviews on this guide I had great expectations. Now that my copy has arrived and I have been using it, I must say that I have not been disappointed. This is the way a field guide for the birds should be written! I particularly liked the way that the basic descriptions of each bird were written. The narratives included notes on the habits, habitat and characteristics of each bird. These things were very helpful in getting an overall picture of the bird being examined. This was very helpful in making positive identifications of similar species. Another thing I particularly liked about this guide were the great number of illustrations and photos of each bird, showing not only what the bird looked like in profile, but various views of the bird in flight as well. The range notes included along with the maps under the title of "Occurrence" were very helpful too, as they included not only a basic description of the bird's range, but notes on preferred habitats as well. The small print used to jam all this information into a pocket sized field guide was a bit bothersome, but how else are you going to get all that information afield with you? Besides, with my eyes, I always carry a small magnifying glass in my birding pack anyway. So the small print wasn't really all that big of an issue with me.

If there were more stars for the ratings then I would have given them for this guide. It's been my "never leave home without it" guidebook whenever I go afield to look for birds. I never thought you could get so much information into a pocket sized guidebook that you could carry with you, but it sure looks like the publishers have done it with this one.
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This book is exactly what we needed to identify the birds at our backyard bird feeders. The pictures are great,the information is just enough and the birds are easy to find. We ordered one for ourselves and one as a gift for my brother - he was delighted too.
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I wanted to love this book, but the type was extremely small and for that reason I had to return it. Even for the keenest of eyesight it would have been a strain.
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This book is beautufully illustrated w/ all the information needed, well organized and a pleasure to read as well as use as a reference.
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Disappointing. I have an old copy of the Audubon's and it reads so much better. This seems all jumbled up.
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