The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition by David Allen SibleyThe Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition by David Allen Sibley

The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

byDavid Allen Sibley

Hardcover | March 11, 2014

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“Undoubtedly the finest guide to North American birds.”—Guy McCaskie, Birding

The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds, First Edition quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation’s supreme and most comprehensive guide to birds. Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert, The Sibley Guide 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:

• All illustrations reproduced 15 to 20 percent larger for better detail.
• Includes nearly 7,000 paintings digitally remastered from original art for enhanced print quality.
• Expanded text includes habitat information and voice description for every species and more tips on finding birds in the field.
• More than 600 new paintings, including illustrations of 115 rare species and additional paintings of common species and regional populations.
• More than 700 updated maps of ranges, showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges.
• 85 bird family pages now cross-referenced to species accounts.

• Revised taxonomic order and most current common names for every species.
The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition, brings the genius of David Allen Sibley to the world once again in a thoroughly updated and expanded volume that every birder must own.
Artist, writer, and naturalist David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of a series of successful guides to nature, including the New York Times best-seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has traveled extensively throughout North America and abroad as a birding tour leader and lecturer. Sibley has contributed art and articles to...
Title:The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second EditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:624 pages, 9.69 × 6.31 × 1.38 inPublished:March 11, 2014Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030795790X

ISBN - 13:9780307957900

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Guide I'm a wildlife biologist and this book was used at a remote field camp as THE bird reference guide while in the field. The book itself is very detailed, and shows adult breeding/non-breeding plumage, as well as juvenile plumage for many species. Flight views are shown for birds of prey as well as waterfowl, other game birds and waterbirds. Comparison panels preface each family chapter for "quick-and-dirty' IDs. The artwork is also very beautiful. The book itself weights approximately 1350g, and could be added to a day pack (depending on your weight preferences). Although its specified as hardcover its more of a flex-cover (i.e. more resilient than paperback, but less heavy than a true hardcover). Descriptions of species habitats/behaviors/life histories are limited to a couple of sentences as this guide focuses on visual identification, but the range maps are useful. I use this guidebook with the Audubon bird app and this combination pretty much covers all the bases.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Field Guide in North America This is THE guide all serious birders in North America turn to.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not hardcover We have lots of bird books. I ordered this one particularly because it is shown as isn't.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Guide Excellent and informative guide book for any birder, beautiful pictures and identifying tools.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I belong to birding groups and was informed that if this edition was published before July 2014 to report this and a newer edition would be sent out by the publisher. The 2nd edition prior to this date had poor picture quality. My edition is from March 2014. It ended up that this didn't happen so buyers beware of the date.
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not an upgrade This is the second edition (2014) of Sibley's original 2000 guide. The original was issued under the auspices of the National Audubon Society, but this version appears to have lost this endorsement, and I'm not surprised. The range maps for each species have different colours from the key map given inside the cover. And unbelievably for a bird book to be sold in North America, the dimensions of each bird are given in inches and pounds - but in brackets after the weight in pounds, he now gives grams. It's as if modern methods of measurement are a surprise to the author.
Date published: 2014-04-22