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"Valuable, as both a reference and as a 'browsing' book." –Bird Watchers Digest

“Like everything published by the National Geographic Society, it's first rate…many of the bird illustrations painted by the foremost birding artist Jonathan Alderfer…What sets [it] apart is the inclusion of photographs, lists of preferred foods and nesting habitats, seasonal range maps, and keys to identification -- all tailored toward the backyard birder. –Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“A great book to give to those backyard birdwatchers in your life--or any friend or neighbor who might appreciate the birds in their yard…attractively designed and chock-full of useful and interesting information…provides many ways to approach, identify, and enjoy birds. Each section includes noteworthy features that make it not only beautiful but useful.” –The Birdchaser 

“A handy-sized, easy-to-use tool for backyard birding…The information on each species is superb…fascinating nuggets…” –Birdfreak.com

 “Even inexperienced birders will be able to easily use this highly illustrated guide.”
 –Book News, Inc.
 
“National Geographic turns its considerable field guide expertise to birds of the backyard.”
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About the Author

JONATHAN ALDERFER is a nationally known bird artist and author who has worked on a number of National Geographic's birding books. His previous titles for National Geographic include Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, Illustrated Birds, Birding Essentials, and Complete Birds of North America.

PAUL HESS, former chair of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee, is department editor for the "News and Notes" column in Birding magazine. A retired newspaper editor, he writes an "Ornithological Literature Notes" column for the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology newsletter and has written many articles in the journal of Pennsylvania Birds. 
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Product Details

  • Series: National Geographic Backyard Guides
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426207204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426207204
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 25, 2011
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I thought I had the best bird book to identify the birds in my yard until I found this bird guide. It identifies 150 species. There is a quick find index on the inside cover with pictures - a real help! Information is given on feeding, bird houses and how to distinguish between similar species.
The colour heads of birds leads you to the pages where complete pictures, range maps, food and general identification information can be found.
There are inserts included; such as why do birds migrate and how to attract hummingbirds. A glossary is built-in with additional reading.
Anyone who looks out and wants to know more of the feathered friends flying around will benefit from this guide.
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I gave this book to three amateur bird fans who enjoy watching birds at their kitchen window feeders. All reported back that this was the most useful bird book they had seen, with clear photos & identifying features, and interesting relevant facts.
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Purchased this book for my husband's birthday. It is a delightful, colorful book, with a ton of information. You can easily identify your backyard birds and know their habits, eating, etc. A really nice book!
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I purchased this book for my father-in-law who is in his 80's. The pictures and print are to small for an older person to view or read. The book has great information but few photos most pictures are colored illustrations.
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NatGeo's "Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America is the best "user-friendly" bird guide I've ever seen in 50 years of birding. One of the things that makes it a standout is that they included the RIGHT information that everyday birders can use. And as another reviewer mentions, it is a very good (and painless) tutorial as well as a guide. I will recommend this great book to everyone I know.
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This is an excellant guide for anyone interested in identifying birds at a backyard feeder. The information, and especially the pictures, is very detailed and helps me to differentiate between the various types within a specific species. I also appreciate the maps that show the particular areas of North America and Canada where each species is prevelant.
The compact size (5"x8") of this book allows me to keep it on a table next to my chair in the sunroom which has three walls of glass and great exposure to our trees and birdfeeder. I like to start my day with a cup of coffee watching the birds feed.
I've had this book for about a month and use it almost daily.
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For those who are interested in doing most of their birding at home, this book is a great tutorial. The inside front and back covers have a visual index to bird species and there is a color index of head shots right after the table of contents. This allows for rapid identification of most common birds.

A terrific addition to my other bird guides and very handy to use.
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Great informative book with detailed pictures. Only gripe for me was the text size as this was a gift for my father who is 74.
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