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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.

1. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition (2017)

 Best Birding Books Worth Your Attention.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 (including the ever-popular hummingbird), 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 revised to reflect the radical new American Ornithological Society taxonomy established in 2016,…
Author(s): Jon L. Dunn, Jonathan Alderfer

2. 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. 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

3. 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. Measures 4-1/2-inch length by 7-1/4-inch width. #40,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #428 in Backyard Birding Supplies #20 in Ornithology (Books) #62 in Bird Field Guides Would you like to ?If…
Author(s): Roger Tory Peterson, Virginia Marie Peterson

4. 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. Featuring 50 common North American birds, such as the and the (or White-Breasted Nuthatch and Canada Goose for the layperson), Matt Kracht identifies all the idiots in your backyard and details exactly why they suck with humorous, yet angry, ink drawings. With The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America, you won’t need to wonder what all that racket is anymore! #4,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #94 in Satire (Books) #13 in Cat,…
Author(s): Matt Kracht

5. 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. And now David Sibley, America’s premier birder and best-known bird artist, turns his attention to the general characteristics that influence the appearance of all birds, unlocking the clues to their identity.In 200 beautifully rendered illustrations and 16 essays, this scientifically precise volume distills the essence of Sibley’s own experience and skills, providing a solid introduction to “naming” the…
Author(s): David Allen Sibley

6. 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. Comprehensive and authoritative, yet engaging and user-friendly, it teaches readers how to begin and improve their birding… what to look and listen for… and how to make sense of what they see and hear. A unique visual component shows actual field guide pages and how to read them, while another compares the same bird in photography versus…
Author(s): Jonathan Alderfer, Jon L. Dunn

7. 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. The Delightful Horror of Family Birding eminently burnishes birding’s reputation, making the science accessible… Knapp gives the reader plenty of detail to appreciate precisely what the clever book title promises.” — “Knapp pays attention, not just to birds, the landscape, and the…
Author(s): Eli J. Knapp

8. 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. Noah ventures deep into a world of chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation, conservation triumphs, common and…
Author(s): Noah Strycker

9. 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. Based on the popular webcomic Bird and Moon, this collection brings facts about birds, bees, and insects to life in the quirkiest, most wonderful way. #125,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #66 in Endangered Species (Books) #170…
Author(s): Rosemary Mosco

10. 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. Grant’s easy-going conversational style, with plenty of quirky travel anecdotes, blends in-depth natural history insights with vivid on-the-scene reporting. Grant admits with charming…
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 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.

The Ultimate Backyard birding guide for beginners: The Complete Guide to Identifying, Attracting, and Understanding over 80+ Birds in Your Garden

Author(s): Sandler, Albert M.
ID: 2922889, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 11 Mb, Format: epub

Stan Tekiela's Birding for Beginners Pacific Northwest

Author(s): Stan Tekiela
ID: 2833981, Publisher: Adventure Publications, Year: 2020, Size: 28 Mb, Format: epub

How to Know the Birds: The Art & Adventure of Birding

Author(s): Ted Floyd, National Geographic Society, N. John Schmitt (illustrator)
ID: 2341992, Publisher: National Geographic, Year: 2019, Size: 59 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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