The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

By Penguin Random House
Rated 4.875 out of 5 stars
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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.

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3 Customer Questions

Is this book paperback or hardcover?
Answer by ChewyJan 20, 2021
This book is hardcover.

Does the book show male and female of the same species.
Answer by ChewyMar 09, 2022
To make room for all of those species in a smaller format, the Eastern and Western guides include fewer images of each species. Species that are rare in a region have very limited coverage with only one to three illustrations, and even many common species have the number of illustrations reduced, with some subtle or seldom-seen variations dropped.

Is this book the second printing or later of the second edition? (What is the printing date?)
Answer by ChewySep 07, 2018
This product is the first printing of the second edition from March 2014.

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Rated 4.875 out of 5 stars
8 Ratings
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8 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By pupmom on Feb 25, 2021

New Backyard Birders

I purchased this book for my Husband and myself, It is very helpful on identifying the birds in our backyard. Esp like the fact that on some shows what the bird looks like during flight.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By birds on Jan 3, 2021


There is a lot of information in this book. And good illustrations of different birds.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By LisaT on Dec 15, 2018

Great book

Got this as a Christmas present for my Uncle. He's going to love it!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By JoelyS on Mar 1, 2018

Love this book!

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!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Dogmom on Mar 1, 2018

Good Bird Book

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

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Pandasnapp on Mar 1, 2018

Excellent Bird Book

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!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Laura on Feb 19, 2018

Awesome Bird Guide

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

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Terri on Feb 19, 2018

A must for all birders

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