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  • Published: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9781426218354
  • Imprint: National Geographic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $60.00

National Geographic Field Guide To The Birds Of North America, 7th Edition


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This fully revised and updated edition of the best-selling North American bird field guide is the most up-to-date guide on the market. Perfect for beginning to advanced birders, it is the only book organized to match the latest American Ornithologists' Union taxonomy.

With more than 2.75 million copies in print, this perennial bestseller is the most frequently updated of all North American bird field guides. Filled with hand-painted illustrations from top nature artists, this latest edition is poised to become an instant must-have for every serious birder in the United States and Canada. The 7th edition includes 37 new species for a total of 1,023 species; 16 new pages allow for 250 fresh illustrations, 80 new maps, and 350 map revisions. With taxonomy updated to recent significant scientific rearrangement, the addition of standardized banding codes, and text completely vetted by birding experts, this new edition will stand at the top of the list of birding field guides for years to come.

  • Pub date: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9781426218354
  • Imprint: National Geographic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $60.00

About the Authors

Jon L. Dunn

Jon L. Dunn is an expert on the identification and distribution of North American birds. He is a current member of the California Bird Records Committee on Taxonomy and Nomenclature. Jonathan Alderfer is an author, editor, and field guide illustrator. Chief consultant for the National Geographic Birding Program, he is an expert field ornithologist.


Praise for National Geographic Field Guide To The Birds Of North America, 7th Edition

““If you want to become a better birder, get this guide and use it often. The text is thorough and accurate, the plates are a gratifying combination of painterly and precise, and the layout is a tour de force.”  —Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine   “National Geographic has packed so much—new species, new art, revised maps, subspecies details, updated taxonomy and the latest ID tips—into this newest edition of their classic field guide that I suspect it may simply explode.”  —Scott Weidensaul, author of Living on the Wind "Updated, upgraded, and indispensible. The illustrations are better than in any other field guide; the fully revised text is detailed, accurate, and well organized; and the maps are unmatched. This is the guide for birders and field ornithologiests." —Dr. J. V. Remsen, Jr., Museum of Natural Sciences, Louisiana State University  "A stellar update of this standard-setting field guide. The new edition offers innovative features for all skill and interest levels, from those seeking a basic ID to those who want their field guide to deliver the goods on behavior, taxonomy, and distribution."  —Dr. Terry Chesser, Chair, AOS Committee on Classification and Nomenclature (North and Middle America)   "New birds, new knowledge and new art work just made the most essential guide for North American birders even more essential....You only need to buy one field guide for North America, and the National Geographic is it." —Neil Hayward, author of Lost Among the Birds"[This edition] continues to improve on the already outstanding previous editions.  The addition of many new illustrations as well as updated text and range maps make this book the standard for North American field guides." —Mark W. Lockwood, author of The TOS Handbook of Texas Birds ”


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