National Geographic Complete Birds of North America
By Jonathan Alderfer
(National Geographic, Hardcover, 9780792241751, 640pp.)
Publication Date: November 15, 2005
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Essential, comprehensive, and easy to use, National Geographic Complete Book of Birds is an astonishing resource that covers every bird species in North America, as well as all the migrants that fly through. The entries are organized by family groups-an incredible 82 are included-according to the American Ornithological Union guidelines. Within a family, each separate bird entry has dozens of tips and illustrations on species' genders, age groups, behavior, habitats, nesting and feeding habits, and migration routes. Readers will also find unique features, such as:
- A quick-find index for the most common bird groups and a full glossary
- Straightforward, accessible text by numerous birding experts, including National Geographic's resident birding consultant Jonathan Alderfer
- Hundreds of range and migration maps from renowned ornithologist Paul Lehman with National Geographic cartographers
- State-of-the-art, updated bird illustrations by expert artists, including Jonathan Alderfer
- New and original photographs from well-known bird photographers Kevin Karlson and Brian Small
Perfect for novice or experienced birders alike, National Geographic Complete Book of Birds is a definitive, must-have resource. Quite simply, there is no other volume like it.
Jonathan Alderfer, a widely published author and field guide illustrator, is well known in the birding community for his expertise as a field ornithologist and his knowledge of North American birds. He has served as a general consultant and an art consultant for the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America (4th edition) and is the Associate Editor of Birding, the magazine of the American Birding Association.