Birds of North America

Birds of North America

Eastern Region

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A comprehensive guide to birds of Eastern North America presents more than seven hundred species in the United States and Canada with a precise description and annotated photographs that highlight characteristics of each bird.

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Although Fred J. Alsop, III, PhD is designated author on both cover and title pages, there is no mention of his name on the title verso. Hence readers, especially bibliographers, are left wondering just what part or parts are of his creation. Is he author of text or illustrator or both? As text author, compared to authors of the recent plethora of new or revised bird guide books, Dr. Alsop deserves a B or B-minus grade. As illustrator, the ranking goes down several notches, due primarily to fuzzy lines and inaccurate coloring of many subjects. The question arises as to the causes. Are these retouched photographs or are they free-hand portraits? Obviously intended as a handbook, this book can seldom be used as a field guide due to its three-pound weight and 5.75x8.75

DK Publishing
Published in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution, this comprehensive handbook to the birds of North America: Eastern Region includes 706 species -- all birds known to breed east of the 100th meridian on the United States and Canada, as well as regular visitors and vagrants to this region. The Smithsonian Handbook is the first identification guide that includes details of the bird's life history in a concise and user-friendly format. Each full-page profile combines a precise description, annotated photographs, and artworks to highlight the key field marks of the species in each plumage. Similar species are shown and distinguishing characteristics are noted. Further information on the bird's habits describes the typical song and other vocalizations, behavior, breeding, nesting, population, and conservation concerns. Typical flight patterns and nest locations and shapes are described with clear icons, and amplified in the text. Each bird's range during summer, winter, and on migration is clearly shown on a map.

& Taylor

Provides illustrations helpful for identification of hundreds of birds native to the Eastern region of North America.

Publisher: New York : Dorling Kindersley, [2001]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780789471567
Branch Call Number: 598.2 Alsop 2001
Characteristics: 751 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 22 cm


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