Sibley Birds West: Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

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by David Allen Sibley, 2016. Paperback, 504 pages.

COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED: From renowned birder, illustrator, and New York Times best selling author David Sibley, the most authoritative guide to the birds of the West, in a portable format that is perfect for the field.

Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 715 bird species, plus regional populations, found west of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations—more than 5,046 in total—with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has been updated to include the most current information concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Here too are more than 652 updated maps drawn from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent, and showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges.

This new and improved edition includes:

  • Updated habitat, description, behavior, and conservation text for each species account and all family pages.
  • New and revised illustrations of species and regional forms.
  • New design featuring species accounts in columns, allowing for better comparison and more illustrations and text.
  • Current taxonomic order and up-to-date common names.
  • All maps revised to reflect the most current range information.
  • More species and rarities included.

About the Author

David Allen Sibley is an American naturalist. The son of famed ornithologist Fred Sibley, he began watching and drawing birds at a very young age, and spent most of the 1980s and 90s traveling all over the North American continent in search of birds. He is the author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds (and several other books about birds), as well as the Sibley Guide to Trees.