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A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America
(Peterson Field Guides)
Roger Tory Peterson
Roger Tory Peterson, one of America's pre-eminent artist-naturalists and arguably the inventor of the field guide, made people love birds like no one since John James Audubon. A Field Guide to the Birds, first published in 1934, remains his most famous and wonderful work. The manual stood instantly apart from the dichotomous keys zoologists used to identify species, since Peterson grouped paintings of related species together and used arrows to, as he explained, "pinpoint the key field marks." This way, watchers could spot birds from a distance and avoid, as he archly put it, "the bird-in-hand characters that the early collectors relied on." Birders could use the guide where they needed it most--outdoors--on living birds flitting quickly by. In addition to detailed illustrations, Peterson offers charming (and useful) descriptions of each avian citizen's appearance, behavior, voice, and range. Amazon.com
(Paperback -- April 4, )


The Sibley Guide to Birds : Field Identification
by David Allen Sibley
6,600 illustrations covering 810 species of North American birds.
(Audubon Society Nature Guides Series)
Paperback - 544 pages (October 3, )
Knopf; ISBN: 0679451226

More Books on American Birds

Alabama Birds (Pocket Naturalist)
by Kavanagh, Leung
Publisher: Waterford Press; 1st edition (May 1, )
ISBN-10: 1583551301
Listed under Alabama Travel Books

Alaska's Birds : A Guide to Selected Species (Alaska Pocket Guide)
Robert H. Armstrong
Paperback

All the Backyard Birds : East (American Bird Conservancy Compact Guide)
Jack L. Griggs, Paul Lehman (Editor)
Paperback

All the Birds of North America : American Bird Conservancy's Field Guide
Jack L. Griggs(Designer)
Paperback

America's 100 Most Wanted Birds : Finding the Rarest Regularly Occuring Birds in the Lower 48 States
Steven G. Mlodinow, Michael O'Brien
Paperback

America's Favorite Backyard Birds
Kit Harrison, George H. Harrison
Listed under Birds in the Garden

The American Crow and the Common Raven ( the W.L. Moody Jr Natural History Series, No 10)
Lawrence Kilham, Joan Waltermire (Illustrator)
Paperback / Published 1991

The American Eagle
Tom Leeson
Listed under Birds of Prey

American Goldfinch (Wild Bird Guides)
Alex L. A. Middleton
Paperback - 112 pages
Stackpole Books; ISBN: 0811726878

American Warblers : An Ecological and Behavioral Perspective
Douglass H. Morse
Hardcover / Published 1989

An Annotated Bibliography of Oregon Bird Literature Published Before 1935
George A. Jobanek 
Hardcover

An Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Tennessee
John C. Robinson
Hardcover / Published 1990

Another Field Guide to Little Known and Seldom Seen Birds of North America
Ben Sill, et al
Paperback / Published 1990

Arizona Game Birds
David E. Brown
Listed under Hunting

At Water's Edge : The Birds of Florida
Roger Bansemer, Bill Renc
Hardcover / Published 1993

Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia (Pitt Series in Nature and Natural History)
Chandler S. Robbins(Editor), et al
Hardcover

Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Tennessee
Charles P. Nicholson
Hardcover


Audubon : American Birds
by John James Audubon, Colin Brown, Cyril Walker
Hardcover - 80 pages
Random House Value Pub; ISBN: 0517161176

The Audubon Society Field Guide to the Bald Eagle
David G. Gordon
Listed under Birds of Prey

Audubon's Birds of America Postcards
John James Audubon
Listed under Postcards

Bald Eagle
Gordon Morrison(Illustrator) / Hardcover
Listed under Birds of Prey

A Bird-Finding Guide to Ontario
Clive E. Goodwin
Paperback / Published 1995

Birder's Guide to Alabama and Mississippi
Ray Vaughan
Paperback

A Birder's Guide to Maine.
Elizabeth C. Pierson, et al
Paperback

Birder's Guide to Pennsylvania (Birders Guide)
Paula Ford, Stan Kotala / Paperback / Published 1995
Delivery sometimes delayed

Birder's Guide to Texas (Birder's Guides Series)
Edward A. Kutac, et al / Paperback
Delivery sometimes delayed

The Birder's Handbook : A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds;Including All Species That Regularly Breed North of Mexico
David Dobkin, et al / Paperback / Published 1988

Birders Guide to Oregon
Evanich, Joseph E. Evanich / Paperback / Published 1990

Birdfinding in Forty National Forests and Grasslands
Paperback

Birding in Ohio
Tom Thomson, et al / Paperback

Birding in the San Juan Islands
Mark Lewis, Fred Sharpe (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1987

Birding in Seattle and King County
Eugene S. Hunn / Paperback / Published 1983

Birding Minnesota (Falcon Guide)
Jay Michael Strangis
Paperback

Birding Texas (Falcon Guide)
Roland H. Wauer, Mark Elwonger / Paperback

Birding the Delaware Valley Region : A Comprehensive Guide to Birdwatching in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey
John J. Harding, et al
Paperback / Published 1980

Birds and Other Wildlife of South Central Texas : A Handbook (The Corrie Herring Hooks, No 24)
Edward A. Kutac, S. Christopher Caran (Contributor)
Paperback

Birds and Other Wildlife of South Central Texas : A Handbook (The Corrie Herring Hooks, No 24)
Edward A. Kutac, et al
Hardcover

Birds in Jeopardy : The Imperiled and Extinct Birds of the United States and Canada
Paul R. Ehrlich, et al
Paperback / Published 1992


Birds of America
by John James Audubon
Unlike the drawings and paintings of his contemporaries, which were produced from prepared skins and zoo specimens, Audubon’s paintings are taken directly from his observations in the wild, and the richness and directness come straight from the real world. No wonder that Audubon became known in his lifetime as “The American Woodsman.” Amazon.com
Hardcover - 512 pages (December 6, )
Welcome Rain; ISBN: 1566491959

Birds of Houston
B. C. Robison, et al
Paperback

The Birds of Indiana
Russell E. Mumford, et al
Hardcover / Published 1984

Birds of Indianapolis : A Guide to the Region
Charles E. Keller, Timothy C. Keller
Paperback / Published 1993

The Birds of Kentucky
Burt L., Jr. Monroe, William Zimmerman (Illustrator)
Hardcover

The Birds of Konza : The Avian Ecology of the Tallgrass Prairie
John L. Zimmerman
Konza Prairie in east-central Kansas is an 8,600-acre tallgrass prairie. Featuring a current synopsis of the seasonal occurrence, habitat preference, breeding status, and abundance for all 208 bird species that have been recorded on the site, this volume provides a basis for comparisons to other habitats and geographic areas as well as the benchmark for continuing studies of the tallgrass prairie. Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Hardcover / Published 1993

Birds of North America
Dr. Phillip Burton, Philip Burton
Paperback / Published 1992


Birds of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
by Kenn Kaufman, et al
World-renowned birder Kenn Kaufman addresses a long-running paradox of bird field guides with his Focus Guide. While beginning birdwatchers prefer photographic guides like those by Donald Stokes, the physical traits that make identification easier are more readily discerned in the idealized paintings of illustrative guides like those by Roger Tory Peterson and National Geographic. Kaufman's groundbreaking work combines the best of both approaches by digitally enhancing photographic images to show the characteristics that are sometimes not apparent in photographs. 

Some other distinguishing features include: 

  • The guide is organized by bird family groupings rather than strict taxonomic classification; this is a feature that will appeal especially to beginners. 
  • Text descriptions and range maps for each species appear on the page facing the plate of respective bird images. 
  • Important field marks are highlighted. 
  • Color-coded tabs identify each grouping of birds (waders, warblers, sparrows, etc.) for quick thumb indexing. 
Kaufman's efforts follow the auspicious tradition of Roger Tory Peterson, whose portable field guide system was the first of its kind to meet the needs of the average birdwatcher. "It's the guide I've always wanted," says Kaufman, "and I suspect most birders will feel the same way." Amazon.com
Paperback: 384 pages
Houghton Mifflin Co; ISBN: 0395964644; (September 22, )

Birds of the Rocky Mountains : With Particular Reference to National Parks in the Northern Rocky Mountain Region
Paul A. Johnsgard
Paperback / Published 1992

Birds of the Trans Peros (Corrie Herring Hooks Series)
Jim Peterson, et al
Paperback
For intermediate to advanced bird watchers, lists the 482 species that have been found in the huge region of Texas west of the Pecos River, one of the richest bird areas in the country.  Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

The Birds of Washtenaw County, Michigan
Michael A. Kielb, et al
Paperback / Published 1993

Birds and Marshes of the Chesapeake Bay Country
Brooke. Meanley
Paperback / Published 1975

Birds in Kansas (Public Education Series No 11) Vol 1
Max C. Thompson, Charles Ely (Contributor)
Paperback / Published 1989

Birds in Minnesota
Robert B. Janssen
Paperback / Published 1987

Birds of Calgary
Robin Bovey, Ewa Pluciennik (Illustrator)
Paperback / Published 1988

Birds of Coastal British Columbia
Nancy Baron, et al
Paperback

Birds of Los Angeles : Including Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange Counties
Chris C. Fisher, et al
Paperback

Birds of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Oregon
Carroll D. Littlefield, Susan Lindstedt (Illustrator)
Paperback / Published 1990

Birds of Ottawa
Gerald McKeating, Ewa Pluciennik (Illustrator)
Paperback / Published 1990

Birder's Guide to Northern California
Lolo Westrich, Jim Westrich
Paperback / Published 1991
Special Order

Birdfinder : A Birder's Guide to Planning North American Trips (Aba Birdfinding Guide)
Jerry A. Cooper, Paul J. Baicich (Editor) / Hardcover
Special Order

Compact Guide to Birds of the Rockies
Geoffrey L. Holroyd, Howard Coneybeare
Paperback / Published 1989 

Conservation and Management of Neotropical Migrant Landbirds in the Northern Rockies and Great Plains (Northwest Naturalist Books)
David S. Dobkin
Listed under Ornithology

Crane Music : A Natural History of American Cranes
Paul A. Johnsgard
Listed under Waterbirds

Cruickshank's Photographs of Birds of America : 177 Photographs and Text
Allan D. Cruickshank
Paperback / Published 1977

Earth, Water, and Sky : A Naturalist's Stories and Sketches
(Corrie Herring Hooks Series, No 41)
Johnsgard
Paul Johnsgard, a well-known ornithologist and student of bird behavior, especially of migratory waterfowl, is a native son of Nebraska, the setting for many of the essays that make up this small collection. There, above a reservoir called Keystone Lake, he has for years observed the avifauna of the Great Plains--nearly 300 species. Amazon.com
Paperback - 166 pages
Univ of Texas Pr; ISBN: 029274059X

Eastern Birds of Prey : A Guide to the Private Lives of Eastern Raptors
Neal Clark 
Listed under Birds of Prey

The Eastern Screech Owl : Life History, Ecology, and Behavior in the Suburbs and Countryside (The W.L. Moody, Jr., Natural History, No 16)
Frederick R. Gehlbach
Listed under Owls

Eastern Birds : A Guide to Field Identification of North American Species
James Coe
Paperback
Special Order

The Field Guide Art of Roger Tory Peterson : Western Birds
Roger T. Peterson(Illustrator), S. Dillon Ripley (Designer)
Hardcover / Published 1992
Special Order

The Florida Scrub Jay; Demography of a Cooperative-Breeding Bird
Glen E. Woolfenden, John W. Fitzpatrick (Contributor)
Paperback (October 1984)
Princeton University Press; ISBN: 0691083673
Special Order

Familiar Birds of North America : Eastern Region (The Audubon Society Pocket Guides)
by John Farrand, et al
Paperback / Published 1987

Familiar Birds of North America : Western Region (The Audubon Society Pocket Guides)
John Farrand, et al
Paperback / Published 1987

Familiar Birds of the Northwest
Harry B. Nehls, et al
Paperback / Published 1990

Feeding Winter Birds in the Pacific Northwest
Bob Waldon, Robert Waldon
Paperback

A Field Guide to Birds of the Big Bend (Texas Field Guide Series)
Nancy McGowan (Illustrator), Roland H. Wauer
Paperback
Delivery sometimes delayed.

A Field Guide to Birds of the Desert Southwest (Gulf's Field Guide Series)
Barbara L. Davis / Paperback
Delivery sometimes delayed.

A Field Guide to the Birds : A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guide Series)
Roger Tory Peterson
Hardcover

A Field Guide to the Birds : A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America (The Peterson Field Guide Series)
Roger Tory Peterson
Paperback

Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Jane R. McCauley 
Paperback - 480 pages 3rd edition (April )
National Geographic Society; ISBN: 0792274512

A Field Guide to the Birds' Nests : United States East of the Mississippi River (Peterson's Field Guide Series)
Hal H. Harrison
Paperback

A Field Guide to Warblers of North America (Peterson Field Guide Series, 49)
Jon Dunn, et al
Hardcover

A Field Guide to Warblers of North America (The Peterson Field Guide Series)
Kimball L. Garrett, et al
Paperback

A Field Guide to Western Birds : A Completely New Guide to Field Marks of All Species Found in North America West of the 100th Meridian and North of ...
Roger Tory Peterson
Paperback

A Field Guide to Western Birds : A Completely New Guide to Field Marks of All Species Found in North America West of the 100th Meridian and ...
Roger Tory Peterson, Virginia Marie Peterson
Hardcover

Field Guide to Western Birds' Nests
Hal H. Harrison
Paperback / Published 1988

Fifty Common Birds of Oklahoma and the Great Southern Plains
George Miksch Sutton
Paperback / Published 1981

Finding Birds in the National Capital Area
Claudia Wilds(Designer)
Paperback / Published 1992

Flight of the Golden Plover : The Amazing Migration Between Hawaii and Alaska
Debbie S. Miller, Daniel Van Zyle (Illustrator)
Hardcover

Florida's Birds : A Handbook and Reference
by Herbert W. II Kale, David S. Maehr, Karl Karalus (Illustrator), 
Paperback - 288 pages 1st Ed. edition (March 1990)
Pineapple Pr; ISBN: 091092368X
Also in Hardcover

Florida's Fabulous Birds
Winston Williams
Paperback

Florida's Fabulous Waterbirds : Their Stories
Winston Williams
Listed under Waterbirds

Garden Birds of America : A Gallery of Garden Birds & How to Attract Them  George H. Harrison, Kit Harrison (Editor)
Listed under Garden Birds

The Golden Eagle
Jeff Watson, et al
Listed under Birds of Prey

Grand Canyon Birds : Historical Notes, Natural History and Ecology
Bryan T. Brown, et al
Hardcover / Published 1987

Great Birding in the Great Lakes : A Guide to the 50 Best Birdwatching Sites in the Great Lake States
by Tom Powers, Timm E. Rye (Illustrator)
Paperback: 186 pages
Waloon Pr; ISBN: 0966006801; 1 edition (March )

A Guide to Bird Finding East of the Mississippi
Olin Sewall Pettingill, George Miksch Sutton (Illustrator)
Hardcover / Published 1977

A Guide to Bird Finding in Kansas and Western Missouri
 John L. Zimmerman, et al
Paperback / Published 1988

A Guide to Bird Finding in Kansas and Western Missouri
 John L. Zimmerman, et al
Hardcover / Published 1988

A Guide to Bird Finding West of the Mississippi
Olin Sewall Pettingill, George Miksch Sutton (Illustrator)
Hardcover / Published 1981

A Guide to Bird-Finding in New Jersey
William J., Jr. Boyle, et al
Hardcover / Published 1986

Guide to Owl Watching in North America
Donald S. Heintzelman
Listed under Owls

Guide to the Birds of Alaska
Robert H. Armstrong
Paperback / Published 1995

A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada
James D. Rising(Editor), David Beadle (Illustrator)
Paperback

A Guide to the Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of North American Birds
Paul J. Baicich, Colin J. O. Harrison (Contributor)
Paperback

Habitat Management for Migrating and Wintering Waterfowl in North America
Loren M. Smith(Editor), Roger L. Pederson (Editor)
Listed under Ornithology

Handbook of California Birds
Vinson Brown, et al
Paperback / Published 1979

Hawks, Eagles and Falcons of North America : Biology and Natural History
Paul A. Johnsgard
Listed under Raptors

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Illinois Birds (Pocket Naturalist)
by Kavanagh, Leung
Paperback: Waterford Press; ISBN: 1583551441; (May 1, )

Illumination in the Flatwoods : A Season With the Wild Turkey
Joe Hutto
Paperback

Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America
John Cassin, et al
Hardcover / Published 1992

Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America
John Cassin, et al
Hardcover

An Introduction to Northern California Birds
Herbert Clarke, Kathleen Ort (Editor)
Paperback / Published 1995

An Introduction to Southern California Birds
Herbert Clarke
Paperback / Published 1989

Iowa Birdlife (Bur Oak Original)
Gladys Black, et al
Paperback / Published 1992

The Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas (Bur Oak Original)
Laura Spess Jackson, et al
Paperback

The Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas (Bur Oak Original)
Laura Spess Jackson, et al
Hardcover

Jeffrey Whiting's Owls of North America
Jeffrey Whiting
Listed under Owls

The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas
Brainard L., Jr Palmer-Ball, Brianard L. Palmer-Ball
Hardcover

Learn About Texas Birds : A Learning and Activity Book (Learn About Series)
Mark W. Lockwood, et al
Paperback

Life Histories of North American Woodpeckers
Arthur Cleveland Bent, William Zimmerman (Illustrator)
Hardcover / Published 1992

Lives of North American Birds (Peterson Natural History Companions)
Kenn Kaufman
Hardcover

Long-Legged Wading Birds of the North American Wetlands
Lucian Niemeyer
Listed under Waterbirds

Mac's Field Guide to Mount Rainier National Park : Mammals and Birds
Craig MacGowan(Illustrator)
Paperback

The Mississippi Kite : Portrait of a Southern Hawk (The Corrie Herring Hooks Series, No. 25)
Eric G. Bolen, Dan Flores
Listed under Birds of Prey
 

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds : Eastern Region
by John Bull, et al
(Leather Bound)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America : Revised and Updated
by Jon L. Dunn
(Paperback -- April )

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region
by John Bull, et al
(Leather Bound -- September )

Naturalist's Mexico
Roland H. Wauer, Victor Emanuel (Designer)
Hardcover / Published 1992
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Nesting Birds of the Coastal Islands : A Naturalist's Year on Galveston Bay (The Corrie Herring Hooks, No 22)
John C. Dyes
Hardcover / Published 1993

New York's 50 Best Places to Go Birding in and Around the Big Apple
John Thaxton, Alan Messer (Photographer)
Paperback

North American Bird Photo Postcards in Full Color
Academy of Natural Science of Philadelphia
Listed under Postcards

North American Birdfeeder Handbook (National Audubon Society)
Robert Burton
Listed under Garden Birds

North American Birds of Prey (National Audubon Society Pocket Guides)
Clay Sutton, Richard K. Walton
Listed under Birds of Prey

North American Owls : Biology and Natural History
Paul A. Johnsgard
Listed under Owls

North American Waterfowl
Richard K. Walton
Listed under Waterbirds

Northwest Birds in Winter
Alan Contreras(Preface)
Paperback

Oklahoma Bird Life
Frederick M. Baumgartner, et al
Hardcover / Published 1992

Ontario Birds
Chris Fisher, et al
Paperback
 

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
by David Allen Sibley
Paperback from Knopf
 
Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of Florida (Smithsonian Handbooks)
by Fred J., III Alsop
(Paperback -- February 1, )

Terns of Europe and North America
by Klaus Malling Olsen, Hans Larsson
Listed under Seabirds

Florida Birds : An Introduction to Familiar Species
James Kavanagh, Raymond Leung (Illustrator)
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Rocky Mountain Birds - Familiar Birds of the Rockies
James Kavanagh, Raymond Leung (Illustrator)
Paperback
Out of Print - Try Used Books

Great Lakes Birds : An Introduction to Familiar Species
James Kavanagh, Raymond Leung (Illustrator)
Paperback
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Birds of North America/Eastern Region : A Quick Identification Guide to Common Birds
John Bull, et al / Paperback / Published 1985
Out of Print - Try Used Books

Birding Montana (Falcon Guide)
Terry McEneaney, et al / Paperback / Published 1993
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The Imperative Call : A Naturalist's Quest in Temperate and Tropical America
Alexander F. Skutch / Paperback / Published 1992
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Birds of Grand Teton : And the Surrounding Area
Bert Raynes, et al / Paperback / Published 1989
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