This desk reference is the most up-to-date and comprehensive source of knowledge on North American bird identification, distribution, behavior, habitat, and conservation concerns available today.
More an encyclopedia than a field guide, National Geographic's Complete Birds is a browsable treasure trove of facts. This comprehensive volume profiles every bird observable in the continental United States and Canada, featuring species accounts with details that include calls and songs, breeding behaviors, molting patterns, and the vast extent of their polar and neotropical migrations. The precision maps, illuminating photographs, and more than 4,000 exquisite pieces of annotated art make this the biggest and best bird book ever.
This third edition, thoroughly updated, includes:
- Information on more than 1,000 species and subspecies
- Overviews of every family
- Organization reflecting current taxonomy
- 850 range maps, more than half updated since the last edition
- Sidebars on identification challenges such as distinguishing between Bay-breasted and Blackpoll Warblers in fall or separating the various species of white egrets
Bird lovers will appreciate many other titles from National Geographic, including:
- Field Guide to the Birds of North America
- Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America
- How to Know the Birds
- Birds of the Photo Ark
About the Author
JON L. DUNN and JONATHAN ALDERFER are the authors of many of National Geographic's renowned birding books, including the 7th edition of the Field Guide to the Birds of North America, called "canonical" in a recent review. Dunn, a popular birding tour guide worldwide, has long been a leader within the American Ornithological Society and the American Birding Association. Alderfer, one of the nation's foremost bird illustrators, is well known as an authority on North American birds and an expert field bird-watcher. See his art at www.jonathanalderfer.com. Alderfer lives in Edgecomb, Maine; Dunn lives in Bishop, California.