Sibley's Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley

Sibley's Birding Basics

byDavid Allen Sibley

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2008

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From the renowned author of the New York Times best seller *The Sibley Guide to Birds,* a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated guide to identifying birds in the field--an essential companion for birders of all skill and experience levels.

The 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 birds. *Birding Basics* reviews how one can get started as a birder--the equipment necessary, where and when to go birding, and perhaps most important, the essential things to look for when birds appear in the field--as well as the basic concepts of bird identification and the variations that can change the appearance of a bird over time or in different settings. Sibley also provides critical information on the aspects of avian life that differ from species to species: feathers (color, arrangement, shape, molt), behavior and habitat, and sounds.

With Sibley as your guide, when you learn how to interpret what the feathers, the anatomical structure, the sounds of a bird tell you—when you know the clues that show you why there’s no such thing as “just a duck”—birding will be more fun, and more meaningful. An essential addition to the Sibley shelf!

David Allen Sibley, 1961 - David Allen Sibley son of the well-known ornithologist Fred Sibley, began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. He has written and illustrated articles on bird identification for Birding and American Birds, which is now Field Notes, as well as regional publications and books. Since 1980 ...
Title:Sibley's Birding BasicsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2008Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307545970

ISBN - 13:9780307545978

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Introduction to the Fun Sport of Birding. Hot on the heels of David Sibley's extraordinary field guide, The Sibley Guide to North American Birds (Knopf) is Sibley's Birding Basics (Knopf, expected to be released in October). Birders talk about the 'jizz' of birds - that special, hard to describe feature that experienced birders use to identify a bird at a glance. This small guide explains how to become expert by refining the skills of this fine art. From where to find birds, how to use behavioral clues, voice and plumage clues, this book is a great introduction to the fun sport of birding.
Date published: 2002-09-24