The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

By David Allen Sibley   |   Published On: Mar 11, 2014
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Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert, The Sibley Guide to Birds quickly became the standard by which natural history guides are measured. The highly anticipated second edition builds on this foundation of excellence, offering massively expanded and updated information, new paintings, new and rare species, and a new, elegant design.

The second edition of this handsome, flexibound volume offers a wealth of improvements and updates, including illustrations reproduced 15 to 20 percent larger for better detail, nearly 7,000 paintings digitally remastered from original art for enhanced print quality, expanded text that includes habitat information and voice description for every species and more tips on finding birds in the field, along with more than 600 new paintings, including illustrations of 115 rare species and additional paintings of common species and regional populations, and lots more. It brings the genius of David Allen Sibley to the world once again in a thoroughly updated and expanded volume that every birder must own.

About the Author

Artist, writer, naturalist David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including the New York Times best seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has contributed art and articles to Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, BirdWatching, and North American Birds, and wrote and illustrated a syndicated column for The New York Times. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Birding Association and the Linnaean Society of New York's Eisenmann Medal. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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  • Item Number
    130850
  • Dimensions
    9.8 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight
    3.03 pounds
  • ISBN-13

    9780307957900

  • Pages

    624

  • Format

    Hardcover

  • Edition

    Second

  • Subject

    Bird Watching

  • ISBN-10

    030795790X

  • Author

    David Allen Sibley

  • Publication Date

    Mar 11, 2014

  • Publisher

    Penguin Random House

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  • Excellent Bird Book

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    This is a full size book, measuring in at 9.5x6x1...inches. It is beautifully illustrated, we loved the paintings of all of the birds. It's great how the author did multiple paintings for each type of bird to show the many wing positions that you might see when they are flying and also how the feathers look at different life phases. The descriptions of each breed of bird are very descriptive and easy to understand. He includes a map at the bottom of the page that shows where the birds live, however it would be nice if the birds were categorized based on regions so it might be easier to find one if you were wanting to know what kind of bird you had in your yard. However, the birds are listed This is a full size book, measuring in at 9.5x6x1...inches. It is beautifully illustrated, we loved the paintings of all of the birds. It's great how the author did multiple paintings for each type of bird to show the many wing positions that you might see when they are flying and also how the feathers look at different life phases. The descriptions of each breed of bird are very descriptive and easy to understand. He includes a map at the bottom of the page that shows where the birds live, however it would be nice if the birds were categorized based on regions so it might be easier to find one if you were wanting to know what kind of bird you had in your yard. However, the birds are listed by their groups, such as Eagles, Grouse, Owls, Warblers, even Wading Birds, etc. So, if you have an idea of what type of bird it is, you can find that group in the index and locate them that way. We are very impressed with this book, and we have seen many bird books. This one is very nice, the quality is excellent with heavy paper and secure bindings, lovely pictures and we liked the descriptions. He does a great job of sounding out and writing words for the bird songs and calls, about the Common Loon, Sibley writes, "Voice: Low, melancholy yodeling or wailing cries" This is very accurate I grew up on a lake in Maine where we had many melancholy loons. Overall, great book! … more

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    It can be used by anyone but even an expert would find it more than useful! Gorgeous photos and illustrations! I love the region guide / range map in the corner of each page. I have already used it twice and Spring is just getting here. The book helps you with the identification process for each bird too. Highly recommend!

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  • A must for all birders

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    I have been wanting to get this for some time. Wonder descriptions and pictures of birds to compare. Would recommend to any birders.

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  • Awesome Bird Guide

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    An exceptionally nice bird guide book with excellent illustrations. I would highly recommend it to birdwatchers

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  • Good Bird Book

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    This is a great book to identify birds. Lots of pictures and interesting facts.

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