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Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of North America - Eastern Region Paperback – April 25, 2001

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By partnering with the Smithsonian Institution and by using the popular photographically-rich design of the DK Handbook series, the books [Smithsonian Handbooks of Birds of North America (Eastern Region and Western Region)] promise to catch the attention of veteran and novice birders. With 750-plus pages per handbook, each species receives it's own full-page profile, including a concise overview and color photos. The books also cover songs, behavior, breeding, population and conservation issues. (Birder's World, June 2001)

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By partnering with the Smithsonian Institution and by using the popular photographically-rich design of the DK Handbook series, the books [Smithsonian Handbooks of Birds of North America (Eastern Region and Western Region)] promise to catch the attention of veteran and novice birders. With 750-plus pages per handbook, each species receives it's own full-page profile, including a concise overview and color photos. The books also cover songs, behavior, breeding, population and conservation issues. (Birder's World, June 2001) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: DK; 1st edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789471566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789471567
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
There have been over 800 species of birds identified in North America.This includes all those that breed there or have ever been proven to have visited,even very rarely.This book limits itself to eastern NA(east of the 100th meridan,roughly the Mississippi)and north of Mexico plus ajacent islands and seas within 200 miles of the coast.All birds have been documented by the American Ornithologists' Union.It covers 696 species.There is a similar book for Western North America.Obviously many birds will be in each book because of overlapping.The species are in taxonomic order as is the norm for most bird books.

The birds are covered one per page.There is a large color photograph,a written description,song description,behavior details,breeding information,nesting details,as well as length,wingspan,flight pattern,nest identification ,scientific family and species names.plumage,habitat,migrationweight,range maps,scale sihouettes, information to show differences with similar species.The book also has a 37 page introduction on how to use the book and what birding is all about.

This book will serve many purposes;but mainly as a use at home resource.It is much too heavy to tote around while birding,but certainly packed with much mote material.An excellent book to have 'on the shelf'for a serious or otherwise interest in birds.

For someone starting and wanting a bird book to take with them in the field ,go with; Peterson,Kaufman,Golden,American Bird Conservancy's field Guide,National Geographic,Sibley's or such.
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Format: Paperback
Did you ever try to decide whether the little wren on the back patio was a Winter Wren, a Carolina Wren, Bewick's Wren, or a House Wren? With this book you can add a few more wrens to your list. You'll also find plenty of Sparrows, Warblers, and members of other bird families. BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA: EASTERN BIRDS contains a comprehensive listing of the birds who spend at least part of their year living east of the Mississippi as well as plenty of western birds of interest--like the House Finch who migrated east. This book is large-more than 700 pages-so it's heavy, but it has a plasicized cover so you can haul it in your backpack if you're strong. Since the Smithsonian developed it, the book is literally jam-packed with information, including: a description with a color photo; call notes; habitat; nesting habits; relative size (the bird is silhouetted against the book); bird look-alikes; and plenty of other useful stuff. Each bird receives a full page of coverage. My only complaint, and it's barely worth mentioning is that the maps appearing with each bird entry are a bit small. In some cases a bird's domain is barely visiable, but partly that's owing to the demise of the domain. You not only will discover where the little guys summer, winter, and breed, you'll discover which birds are threatened with extinction owing to the human caused destruction of their habitats. The book contains a listing of now-extinct birds, each of them profiled as the still living birds have been. The loss of the Carolina Parakeet is the saddest tale. Carolina Parakeets were once prolific. They ranged over most of the Eastern United States. They were so loyal to their flock mates the live birds would fly to the side of the dead and dying birds. As they hovered around their dying mates hunters killed them.Read more ›
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It's a slow process, but slowly, I'm getting to understand more of the birds I see in my yard. I never knew so many types of birds existed! It wasn't until I was visiting some friends who had a good grasp on the different types of birds coming to their feeders, that I began to understand, Wow! God made so many types of birds and they each have their own sounds and habits. I'm glad I'm being introduced to the wonders of God's vast creation.
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Format: Paperback
I take issue with the Book News Review. Every birding guide has strengths and weaknesses, and few (if any) can compete with Sibley on illustrations. This book's main attribute is its standardized format that provides song, behavior, breeding, nesting, fight pattern, nest identification and similar birds for every species, plus a sighting checkoff at the bottom of each page. The comprehensive information makes it a useful companion to other guides. As for field portability, my reliable, dog-eared Peterson's still wins out.
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I read at least 10 different books from the library, and was pleased to be able to purchase this book from Amazon. The pictures are clear and accurate. The format is very easy to use. Would recommend for all interested in bird watching and identificationSmithsonian Handbooks: Birds of North America -- Eastern Region (Smithsonian Handbooks)
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As a reference work, this is top notch! As a field guide for bird identification, it is terrible! Birds are listed alphabetically, which is great if you already know the name of the bird, but if are searching for a name based on its appearance, good luck!
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I am not an avid birdwatcher, but I am interested in identifying birds whenever I see one in my backyard or on a camping trip. That's why after looking through all the bird books I could find, I settled on this one. I love the layout of the pages and the content included about each bird, especially the diagram of the flight patterns. Also, the pictures are very helpful. This book works great on a bookshelf as an occasional reference, but I would not want to lug it around with me in the woods.
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