The Sibley Guide to Birds

By David Allen Sibley; National Audubon Society; David Allen Sibley (Illustrator)
(Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780679451228, 544pp.)

Publication Date: October 3, 2000

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David Allen Sibley, America's most gifted contemporary painter of birds, is the author and illustrator of this comprehensive guide. His beautifully detailed illustrations—more than 6,600 in all—and descriptions of 810 species and 350 regional populations will enrich every birder's experience.

The Sibley Guide's innovative design makes it entirely user friendly. The illustrations are arranged to facilitate comparison, yet still capture the unique character of each species.

The Sibley Guide to Birds provides a wealth of new information:
—Captioned illustrations show many previously unpublished field marks and revisions of known marks
—Nearly every species is shown in flight
—Measurements include length, wingspan, and weight for every species
—Subspecies and geographic varients are covered thoroughly
—Complete voice descriptions are included for every species
—Maps show the complete distribution of every species: summer and winter ranges, migration routes, and rare occurrences

Both novice and experienced birders will appreciate these and other innovative features:
—An introductory page for each family or group of related families makes comparisons simple
—Clear and concise labels with pointers identify field marks directly
—Birds are illustrated in similar poses to make comparisons between species quick and easy
—Illustrations emphasize the way birds look in the field

With The Sibley Guide to Birds, the National Audubon Society makes the art and expertise of David Sibley available to the world in a comprehensive, handsome, easy-to-use volume that will be the indispensable identification guide every birder must own.




About the Author
Sibley is the son of Ornithologist Fred Sibley. He began watching and drawing birds at age 7. Since 1980 he has traveled the continent watching birds on his own and as a tour leader for WINGS, Inc.

Puzzability, based in New York, includes Mike Shenk, who has written puzzles for "Games" magazine and its offshoots, and provided daily crosswords for a major newspaper syndicate. He is currently the crossword editor of "The Wall Street Journal"; Amy Goldstein, a trivia buff and wordsmith who has served as associate editor and managing editor for "Games" magazine and its sister publications; and Robert Leighton, an illustrator, writer, "New Yorker" cartoonist, and creator of unique visual puzzles.


Sibley is the son of Ornithologist Fred Sibley. He began watching and drawing birds at age 7. Since 1980 he has traveled the continent watching birds on his own and as a tour leader for WINGS, Inc.


Praise For The Sibley Guide to Birds

"This wonderful book is comprehensive—erudite—in fact, magnificent, a powerful book that will start a new generation of bird books and birding. It provides triple the educational content over any predecessor. The treatments are innovative and superb."
—Frank Gill, the Director of Science at National Audubon Society

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