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Smithsonian Birds of North America: East (Smithsonian Handbooks)

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ISBN13: 9780789471567
ISBN10: 0789471566
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Published in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution, this comprehensive handbook to the birds of North America: Eastern Region includes 706 species — all birds known to breed east of the 100th meridian on the United States and Canada, as well as regular visitors and vagrants to this region. The Smithsonian Handbook is the first identification guide that includes details of the bird's life history in a concise and user-friendly format. Each full-page profile combines a precise description, annotated photographs, and artworks to highlight the key field marks of the species in each plumage. Similar species are shown and distinguishing characteristics are noted. Further information on the bird's habits describes the typical song and other vocalizations, behavior, breeding, nesting, population, and conservation concerns. Typical flight patterns and nest locations and shapes are described with clear icons, and amplified in the text. Each bird's range during summer, winter, and on migration is clearly shown on a map.

Book News Annotation:

Although Fred J. Alsop, III, PhD is designated author on both cover and title pages, there is no mention of his name on the title verso. Hence readers, especially bibliographers, are left wondering just what part or parts are of his creation. Is he author of text or illustrator or both? As text author, compared to authors of the recent plethora of new or revised bird guide books, Dr. Alsop deserves a B or B-minus grade. As illustrator, the ranking goes down several notches, due primarily to fuzzy lines and inaccurate coloring of many subjects. The question arises as to the causes. Are these retouched photographs or are they free-hand portraits? Obviously intended as a handbook, this book can seldom be used as a field guide due to its three-pound weight and 5.75x8.75<"> dimensions. Certainly the 751 pages make this the winner in measurement, especially considering that it covers only the "eastern region." One can hope for improvement of content and size of "western region."
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Featuring over 1,000 photos of over 700 species, this book contains a superior visual format with more information than many other bird guides on the market. Each species receives its own full-page profile along with a precise description and annotated photos. Flexibound with flaps.

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febu222, February 10, 2007 (view all comments by febu222)
very helpful and interesting. I hope to keep reading these for a very long time and pass them along to my children.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780789471567
Author:
Alsop, Fred J.
Author:
Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Author:
Alsop, Fred J., III
Author:
Dk Publishing
Author:
DK Publishing
Publisher:
DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
Location:
New York
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - Guides
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Canada, Eastern
Subject:
Science & Nature
Subject:
Birds -- East (U.S.)
Subject:
Birds -- Canada, Eastern.
Subject:
Nature Studies-Bird Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American Paperback
Series:
Smithsonian Handbooks
Series Volume:
103-200
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
8.14x6.08x1.92 in. 2.98 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Lift the Flap

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"Synopsis" by , Featuring over 1,000 photos of over 700 species, this book contains a superior visual format with more information than many other bird guides on the market. Each species receives its own full-page profile along with a precise description and annotated photos. Flexibound with flaps.
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