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The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior…

The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior (original 2001; edition 2009)

by David Allen Sibley (Editor)

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Title:The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior
Authors:David Allen Sibley
Info:Knopf (2009), Paperback, 608 pages
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The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior by David Allen Sibley (Editor) (2001)



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I have to say this right off the bat, because I think it is funny and potentially points to my birding ignorance. At the end of this Sibley guide there is a "Species Checklist" which makes a lot of sense until you consider the size and weight of the book. Surely Elphrick, Dunning and Sibley don't want you carrying this behemoth into the field!
What you need to know about this guide is that it is unique in its voice. In addition to its glossary there is a section on author biographies because each chapter is an essay written by a variety of folks. Not just ornithologists and other types of bird experts contributed an essay or two. Students, biologists, naturalists, ecologists, writers, museum curators, photographers, and even a B&B owner.
Additionally, the illustrations and maps are stunning. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jan 16, 2019 |
Such a great guide to birds! My father is a teacher of biology and ornithology (and is often referred to as 'the bird man'). As an expert on birds and the birding world, he has a handful of books that are his 'go-to' books for birding information, and Sibley is always a go-to. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Jun 2, 2018 |
a reference book for adults
  newhampshire | Apr 27, 2010 |
This is one heck of a book. The research and technical research is very good but not overpowering to ordinary lay person. A beautiful and readable book for anyone being introduced to birding and a good "polisher" for the long-time birder. ( )
  breeks | Mar 16, 2006 |
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Dunning Jr., John B.Editormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elphick, ChrisEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679451234, Hardcover)

From the creator of the seminal field guide, The Sibley Guide to Birds, comes another indispensable book for bird watchers. This veritable bible to the world of birds is the collaborative effort of 48 expert birders and biologists, who combine scientific accuracy and detail with an easily readable and well-organized format. How does a tiny chickadee survive subzero temperatures? How do flocks of birds synchronize their flights? How can an albatross cross miles of ocean without flapping its wings? Which bird brains are actually intelligent? It's all here in essays giving an overview of avian evolution, biology, and the aerodynamics of flight and in chapters devoted to the 80 bird families of North America, each one detailing taxonomy, habitats, feeding, breeding, vocalizations, migrations, and more. Concerned about declining populations, Sibley also discusses the conservation status of each species and the factors that threaten them. This fascinating source of information is destined to be a well-thumbed companion. -- Lesley Reed

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Designed to enhance the birding experience and to enrich the popular study of North American birds, the book combines more than 795 of full-color illustrations with authoritative text by 48 expert birders and biologist, This new guide shows how birds live and what they do. Introductory essays outlive the principles if avian evolution, life cycle, body structure, flight dynamics, and more. This is an indispensable source of information on the avian life around us.… (more)

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