It should be no surprise to readers that birds are among my very favorite critters. Aside from occasional blogger Sparticus Maximus The Great, I also reside with a pair of recessive pied budgies named Nemo and Che (who are real proud to be descendants of dinos). So naturally, I said I’d be delighted to review the new Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America by Ted Floyd, the editor of Birding Magazine. While I’ve long been fascinated with Aves, I became far more interested in birding while in Africa last summer with the Pimm group, which happens to be full of expert birders.
In short, the new field guide is spectacular. From striking photography to detailed descriptions of over 750 species, it’s by far my favorite birding guide yet. It also comes with a DVD including images and 587 vocalizations (5 1/2 hours of play). There are over 700 range maps complete with migration patterns and detailed info on taxonomy, behavior, habitat, and conservation status. You’ll find some of my favorite photos on pages 244 and 334. In my opinion, the Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America is an ideal companion for everyone from the novice to the most experienced birder.
And for readers who aren’t up for the great outdoors this afternoon, be a birder from the comfort of your home laptop… Introducing The Wild Parakeets of Hillsborough Road, Nemo and Che:
Also worth checking out: A Field Guide to the Photographic Field Guides of North America over at The Birder’s Library.