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Best Birding Books Worth Your Attention

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

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

 Best Birding Books Worth Your AttentionThe 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.
Author(s): Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes

Peterson Field Guide To Eastern Birds (Peterson Field Guides) (1999)

 Best Birding Books Worth Your AttentionThe Peterson field guides employ a unique identification system, which has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. Each guide pinpoints key field marks for quick recognition and easy comparison of species. All guides are illustrated with drawings and photographs in color and black and white, and all provide up-todate range information and the most useful descriptions you’ll find anywhere.
Author(s): Roger Tory Peterson, Virginia Marie Peterson

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America (Bird Books, Books for Bird Lovers, Humor Books) (2019)

 Best Birding Books Worth Your Attention: For those who have a disdain for birds, or bird lovers with a sense of humor, this snarky, illustrated handbook is equal parts profane, funny, and—let’s face it—true.
Author(s): Matt Kracht

Sibley’s Birding Basics: How to Identify Birds, Using the Clues in Feathers, Habitats, Behaviors, and Sounds (2002)

 Best Birding Books Worth Your AttentionThe Sibley Guide to Birds and The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior are both universally acclaimed as the new standard source of species information.
Author(s): David Allen Sibley

National Geographic Birding Essentials: All the Tools, Techniques, and Tips You Need to Begin and Become a Better Birder (2007)

 Best Birding Books Worth Your AttentionBirding is the fastest growing wildlife-related outdoor activity in the U.S., with at least a million new birders a year estimated to join an already robust group some 80 million strong. For these beginning and intermediate enthusiasts, National Geographic Birding Essentials is a must.
Author(s): Jonathan Alderfer, Jon L. Dunn

The Delightful Horror of Family Birding: Sharing Nature with the Next Generation (2018)

 Best Birding Books Worth Your Attention“For the nature lover with a sense of humor.” — “You don’t have to be a birder to love this entertaining and beautifully-written book—although you may become one after you’ve finished it!” — “Eli J. Knapp has done a marvelous job capturing a balance of science and humor in his latest collection of essays.
Author(s): Eli J. Knapp

Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World (2018)

 Best Birding Books Worth Your AttentionIn 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world’s birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species—by far the biggest birding year on record. This is no travelogue or glorified checklist.
Author(s): Noah Strycker

Birding Is My Favorite Video Game: Cartoons about the Natural World from Bird and Moon (2018)

 Best Birding Books Worth Your AttentionAmusing science cartoons about the natural world including animal dating profiles, wildlife wine pairings, threat displays of completely non-threatening animals, why hammerhead sharks have hammer heads, and much more. Birding is My Favorite Video Game is a collection of fun, quasi-educational comics combining weird science, cute visuals, sweet wit, and a strong environmental message.
Author(s): Rosemary Mosco

Binge Birding: Twenty Days with Binoculars (2019)

 Best Birding Books Worth Your AttentionEnjoy the thrill of discovery in this well-paced travel adventure that’s like going birding with a friend When journalist and field naturalist Nancy Grant packed her SUV with a basket of maps and field guides to head south to explore the Texas Gulf Coast she had a simple plan. Look for birds everywhere. And she found them—more than 150 species—singing, soaring, hunting for food, searching for mates, and raising youngsters.
Author(s): Nancy Grant

Best Birding Books Worth Your Attention

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 Library Genesis and download some birding 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.

Backyard Birding and Butterfly Gardening

Author(s): Randi Minetor
ID: 3357587, Publisher: Lyons Press, Year: 2022, Size: 75 Mb, Format: epub

Backyard Birding for Kids: An Introduction to Ornithology

Author(s): Erika Zambello
ID: 3607350, Publisher: Adventure Publications, Year: 2022, Size: 38 Mb, Format: epub

Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying the Birds in Your Own Backyard

Author(s): Joan E. Strassmann
ID: 3619541, Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, Year: 2022, Size: 16 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely record-breakers 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 links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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  1. Greg Zyn

    If you want to learn all the different types of birds and the art of spotting them, then get one of these books. It will help you a lot in getting yourself familiar with all the different types.

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