This field guide to North American birds, written by our foremost birding writers, delivers a power-punch of innovation and usability never before brought together in one reference.
The book features:
2,000 stunning color photographs from the best nature photographers working today
Coverage of 730 North American species, including rare birds and escaped exotics
730 new color maps based on the latest range information (more than any other previous field guide)
Emphasis on bird behavior and a "whole bird" philosophy of field identification
Informative essays on each bird group giving vital information regarding behavior and identification tips
Robust introduction to birds and birding precedes the species accounts with sections on species identification, conservation, bird morphometrics, topography, and migration.
In addition, the book includes a first for a major field guide: a disk with digital recordings of 139 species (includes multiple vocalizations for each species, including song, flight, and call), that are associated with images and keyed to the text. All 587 recordings are in MP3 format and may be copied to a computer or to a portable MP3 player (including iPods and compatible cell phones!) for use in the field.
Vocalizations are clearly organized in separate tracks for each species—this is a fantastic advantage that no other collection like this has ever provided. In the past, CD recordings ran species vocalizations together in one long track. The DVD format allows for hundreds of separate tracks; users can listen to a particular vocalization easily and quickly. This is key for learning to identify birds by song and for use in the field.
The combination of utility, authority, and beauty will make the Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America the dominant choice in the category.