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A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guides)

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Pages   263
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin
ISBN  0618024964  
EAN  9780618024964  

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A guide to North America's thirty-one species of hummingbirds explains how to identify the various species and provides detailed notes on plumages, behaviors, habitats, migration, breeding, and wintering distributions.

Publishers Description
Covering 31 North American species, with more than 250 color photos and 33 maps, this is the most comprehensive field guide to hummingbirds. Introductory chapters cover the natural history of hummingbirds, ways to attract and feed them, and major hot spots in the United States and Canada for observing these fascinating birds. The 31 color plates illustrate 28 species, 7 hybrid combinations, 3 forms of albinism, and 4 species of sphinx moths often mistaken for hummingbirds. Species accounts provide in-depth information on plumage, molt, songs and calls, wing sounds, similar species, behavior, habitat, distribution, taxonomy, and conservation concerns. Detailed, up-to-date range maps show breeding, non-breeding, and year-round distribution, migration routes, and records outside expected areas of occurrence. For a few widespread migratory species, separate maps illustrate expected spring arrival dates.

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Not User Friendly  Nov 28, 2009
I selected this book because it was a Peterson field guide but am somewhat disappointed. One small change would greatly improve its practicality and convenience - combining the two main sections, Plates and Species Accounts so that all information for each bird is together. The challenge with the current organization is that you look in the plate section to find a bird that looks like the one you're viewing but then have to flip back to look in the species section to determine if the bird is an inhabitant of your location. It's really quite overwhelming.

I ended up buying a second book which I love - it's the National Geographic Field Guide to Birds for Arizona and New Mexico. It's compact, and all info for each bird is together, making it easy to use. Even though it covers more than hummingbirds, because of the tight geographic area, it's a benefit to have many birds that are possibilities and to branch off to other birds - I actually saw a great blue heron at the canal that runs through my neighborhood last week. It's much less complete than the Peterson guide, but it's all I need at this early stage in my birding experience. I also love the checklist section where I can check off birds as I identify them, as well as the color index that gives me a starting point for identifying a bird by the color of its head - mostly black, predominantly green, etc.
Never too much information  Sep 12, 2009

I ordered this book along with two others when my grandchildren and I decided we needed more background on the hummingbirds who visit my feeders every day. There is an abundance of wonderful info on the hummingbird types and habitats in this book. The pictures are exceptional. I especially love the small size...making it easy to handle while we're outside. After using the book, we're on the search for a hummingbird nest in our nearby maple tree. It seems to be the place where most of the hummingbirds perch between feedings. The book talks about the nests and how they come back to the same next year after year. Very, very interesting.

If you are buying only one book on hummingbirds, this would be the one to buy.
Avid backyard observer  Sep 2, 2008
We just wanted a book to teach us the basics about Hummingbirds & help us to learn one type from the next. This book is working out very well for us so far. Already we have learned that what appeared to be a 'baby' hummingbird with the naked eye, was actually a moth via binoculars and the moth was shown in the book~! The book is well made, very nice pictures, small enough to leave on a kitchen counter or drawer for easy access and user friendly. I recommend this book for anyone looking to learn about Hummingbirds.
well photographed and handsomly laid out book  Aug 5, 2008
Great book for learning about these little birds and identifying them. The photographs are nice and help in the identification process along with the wealth of additional information. This book helped me identify more species south of Tucson when I went to photograph and videotape the 10 different varieties near the Mexican border.
As stated, it is difficult to go wrong with and of the Peterson Field Guides. This work is certainly no exception. Do be warned though, if you are a beginning birder, that NO field guide can meet all needs. This guide, like others, must be supplemented with as many different guides as possible. In this case, I might recommend Howell's wonderful work.

That being said, you certainly need to add this one to your collection. This work covers the thirty or so species found in the U.S. along with several that may or may not be seen. The range maps are great, but again, another warning to the newcomer to this wonderful pastime. The range of many of birds found in the U.S. in changing, almost at a yearly rate. We can go on forever as to why this is occurring, but it never-the-less is. As the natural habitat of these amazing creatures is shrinking, so are the bird populations.

The photographs in this book are a bit small and the quality is not what I would like, but the photographs are quite adequate, particularly if they are supplemented with other guides. The information found in the text is quite informative and accurate, as are the range maps, as far as we know (see above paragraph). There is much good information in this book concerning behavior, nesting habits and feeding patterns. This is certainly a book I would not want to be without when out in the field specifically looking for this particular family of birds. Recommend this one highly.

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