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The Warbler Guide


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Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. This groundbreaking guide features more than 1,000 stunning color photos, extensive species accounts with multiple viewing angles, and an entirely new system of vocalization analysis that helps you distinguish songs and calls.

The Warbler Guide revolutionizes birdwatching, making warbler identification easier than ever before. For more information, please see the author videos on the Princeton University Press website.

  • Covers all 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada
  • Visual quick finders help you identify warblers from any angle
  • Song and call finders make identification easy using a few simple questions
  • Uses sonograms to teach a new system of song identification that makes it easier to understand and hear differences between similar species
  • Detailed species accounts show multiple views with diagnostic points, direct comparisons of plumage and vocalizations with similar species, and complete aging and sexing descriptions
  • New aids to identification include song mnemonics and icons for undertail pattern, color impression, habitat, and behavior
  • Includes field exercises, flight shots, general identification strategies, and quizzes
  • A complete, page-by-page audio companion to all of the 1,000-plus songs and calls covered by the book is available for purchase and download from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library by using the link at

About the Author

Tom Stephenson's articles and photos have appeared in "Birding" and "Bird Watcher's Digest", at, and in the "Handbook of the Birds of the World". He has guided groups across the United States and Asia. A musician, he has had several Grammy and Academy Award winners as clients, and was director of technology at Roland Corporation. Scott Whittle lives in Cape May, New Jersey, and has twenty years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. He holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and is a onetime New York State Big Year record holder.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book 6
Icons and Key Terms 8
How to Use the Maps 10
Topographic Tour 12
What to Notice on a Warbler 16
Aging and Sexing Warblers 56
Understanding Sonograms 62
How to Listen to Warbler Songs 68
Learning Chip and Flight Calls 90

Visual Finder Guides 100
Warbler Song Finder Charts 116
Chip Call Finder 130
Flight Call Finder 134

Species Accounts 138
American Redstart Male 138
American Redstart F/1yM 146
Audubon's Bright 476
Audubon's Drab 480
Bay-breasted Bright 150
Bay-breasted Drab 156
Black-and-white 160
Blackburnian Bright 166
Blackburnian Drab 172
Blackpoll Spring 176
Blackpoll Fall 182
Black-throated Blue Male 186
Black-throated Blue Female 192
Black-throated Gray 196
Black-throated Green 202
Blue-winged 208
Brewster's 214
Canada 216
Cape May Bright 222
Cape May Drab 228
Cerulean 232
Chestnut-sided Bright 238
Chestnut-sided Drab 244
Colima 248
Common Yellowthroat AdM 254
Common Yellowthroat F/1yM 260
Connecticut Bright 264
Connecticut Drab 270
Crescent-chested 498
Fan-tailed 500
Golden-cheeked 274
Golden-crowned 502
Golden-winged 280
Grace's 286
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat 504
Hermit 294
Hooded 300
Kentucky 306
Kirtland's 312
Lawrence's 214
Louisiana Waterthrush 318
Lucy's 324
MacGillivray's Bright 330
MacGillivray's Drab 336
Magnolia Bright 340
Magnolia Drab 346
Mourning Bright 350
Mourning Drab 356
Myrtle Bright 476
Myrtle Drab 480
Nashville 360
Northern Parula 366
Northern Waterthrush 372
Olive Warbler 522
Orange-crowned 378
Ovenbird 384
Painted Redstart 390
Palm 396
Pine 402
Prairie 410
Prothonotary 416
Red-faced 422
Rufous-capped 506
Slate-throated 508
Swainson's 428
Tennessee 434
Townsend's 440
Tropical Parula 510
Virginia's 446
Wilson's 452
Worm-eating 460
Yellow 466
Yellow-breasted Chat 520
Yellow-rumped Bright 476
Yellow-rumped Drab 480
Yellow-throated 492
Similar Non-warbler Species 512
Hybrid Warblers 524

Quiz and Review 526
Warblers in Flight 534
North American Warbler Taxonomy 540

Measurements 542
Silhouettes 544
Habitat and Behavior 546

Glossary 549
Resources 555
Acknowledgments 557
Photo Credits 558
Index 559

Product Details

Stephenson, Tom
Princeton University Press
Whittle, Scott
Birds & Birdwatching
Birds and Natural History
Biological Sciences.
Popular science
Nature Studies-Birds
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1,000+ color illus. 50 maps.
8.5 x 6 in

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