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Best Bird Identification Books That You Need

Our list of some of the best Bird Identification books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Backyard Guides) (2011)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedEssential for the millions of Americans who watch and feed birds in their backyards—whether experienced birders or new birding enthusiasts—from the experts at National Geographic and co-author of the popular and perennial best seller Field Guide to the Birds of North America. No matter where you live—in the country, city, a high-rise or house—this handy guide will quench your curiosity about the feathered creatures in your midst. It features 150 of the most common and interesting birds likely to be observed at backyard feeders, nesting nearby or just…
Author(s): Jonathan Alderfer, Paul Hess

2. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region, Revised Edition (1994)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedVirtually every bird found in eastern North America is brought to life in this portable guide, an essential companion in the field and a staple in any birdwatcher’s library. It features a durable vinyl binding and brilliant full-color photographic identification pictures arranged for quick access and definitive text, including information on the bird’s voice, nesting habits, habitat, range, and interesting behaviors. Accompanying range maps; overhead flight silhouettes; sections on bird-watching, accidental species, and endangered birds make the National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Birds the most…
Author(s): National Audubon Society

3. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America: Second Edition (2016)

Best Bird Identification Books That You Needauthoritative guide to the birds of the East, in a portable format that is perfect for the field.Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 650 bird species, plus regional populations, found east of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations–more than 4,601 in total–with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has been updated to include the most current information concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Here too are more than 601 updated maps drawn from information…
Author(s): David Allen Sibley

4. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America, 6th Edition (Peterson Field Guides) (2010)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedGuide to birds of eastern and central north america guides a unique identification system, which has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. This guide is illustrated with drawings and photographs in color and black and white and all provide up to date range information and the most useful descriptions, pinpoints key field marks for quick recognition and easy comparison of species. Measures 5.3 x 1.2 x 7.9 inches. #15,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #26 in Bird Watching (Books) #7 in Ornithology (Books) #14 in Biology of Mammals Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this…
Author(s): Roger Tory Peterson

5. Birds of Texas Field Guide (Bird Identification Guides) (2004)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedMake bird watching in Texas even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in Texas. This book features 170 species of Texas birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps, and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see. #18,200 in…
Author(s): Stan Tekiela

6. Birds of Maryland & Delaware Field Guide: Includes Washington, D.C. & Chesapeake Bay (Bird Identification Guides) (2005)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedMake bird watching in Maryland and Delaware even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in your area. This book features 140 species of Maryland and Delaware birds (including Washington, D.C., and Chesapeake Bay), organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps, and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that…
Author(s): Stan Tekiela

7. Birds of California Field Guide (Bird Identification Guides) (2003)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedMake bird watching in California even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in California. This book features 170 species of California birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps, and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see. #47,374…
Author(s): Stan Tekiela

8. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America (National Geographic Field Guide to Birds) (2008)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedNew enthusiasts are flocking in record numbers to the fascinating pastime of birding. National Geographic has been meeting their need for clear and accurate information for 25 years with our million-selling Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Now, to better serve the expanding market, we’ve customized our field-guide format to offer unique coverage for birders east or west of the Rocky Mountains. These new volumes deliver in-depth information on every bird officially recorded in the specified area, with illustrated accounts of the different plumages and life stages, along with hundreds of color-coded range…
Author(s): Jon L. Dunn, Jonathan Alderfer

9. Birds of Wisconsin Field Guide, Second Edition (2004)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedMake bird watching in Wisconsin even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in Wisconsin. This book features 111 species of Wisconsin birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps, and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see. #33,105 in…
Author(s): Stan Tekiela

10. The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America (Stokes Field Guides) (2010)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedThe guide features 853 North American bird species and more than 3,400 stunning color photographs. And yet it’s portable enough to fit in your pocket! The photographs cover all significant plumages, including male, female, summer, winter, immature, morphs, important subspecies, and birds in flight. Also included: #48,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #26 in Ornithology (Books) #58 in Biology of Wildlife #78 in Bird Field Guides Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes

11. Birds of Alabama Field Guide (Bird Identification Guides) (2006)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedMake bird watching in Alabama even more enjoyable! With ‘s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in Alabama. This book features 140 species of Alabama birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see. #207,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #76…
Author(s): Stan Tekiela

12. Midwestern Birds: Backyard Guide – Watching – Feeding – Landscaping – Nurturing – Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, … Dakota (Bird Watcher’s Digest Backyard Guide) (2013)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedOf all the classic American pastimes, perhaps none is as widely accessible as watching birds. Our unusually vast, diverse environmental landscape supports fascinating species and variations exclusive to each region of the country. While birders often spend their efforts in search of the rarest creatures, some of the most beautiful and intriguing birds are the ones that frequent our backyards (or nearby) daily. For that reason, where other larger volumes focus on bird types that the casual observer is never likely to encounter, Midwestern Birds . Written by , the editor and co-publisher of Bird Watcher's Digest, this portable 5″…
Author(s): Bill Thompson

13. Birds of Minnesota Field Guide (Bird Identification Guides) (2019)

Best Bird Identification Books That You NeedMake bird watching even more enjoyable. With Minnesota’s best-selling bird guide, field identification is simple and informative. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in your area. This book features 123 species of Minnesota birds organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Crisp, stunning full-page photographs present the species as you’ll see them in nature, and a “compare” feature helps you to decide between look-alikes. Plus, Stan…
Author(s): Stan Tekiela

Best Bird Identification Books That You Need

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some bird identification books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland

Author(s): Rob Hume et al.
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2016, Size: 169 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2242900

The Helm Guide to Bird Identification

Author(s): Keith Vinicombe, Alan Harris, Laurel Tucker
Publisher: Christopher Helm, Year: 2014, Size: 84 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2206951

Shore Birds

Author(s): Peter Hayman, John Marchant
Publisher: Christopher Helm Publ., Year: 2011, Size: 21 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1585506

Birds of Northern South America: An Identification Guide, Volume 2: Plates and Maps

Author(s): Robin Restall and Clemencia Rodner and Miguel Lentino
Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2006, Size: 191 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2267727

Raptors of the World: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Prey of the World

Author(s): James Ferguson-Lees
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Year: 2001, Size: 190 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 198352

The Handbook of Bird Identification: For Europe and the Western Palearctic

Author(s): Mark Beaman, Steve Madge
Publisher: A&C Black, Year: 1998, Size: 88 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 807378

The Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe and the Western Palearctic

Author(s): Mark Beaman, Steve Madge
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 1998, Size: 89 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 808559

Illustrated keys to the identification of the birds of prey of British Columbia

Author(s): Turnbull W.G., Campbell R.W.
Publisher: , Year: , Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1794663

CITES Identification Guide. Birds

Author(s): Lafleur Y., Charette R., Maliepaard T.
Publisher: , Year: , Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1803201

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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