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Birding is the fastest growing wildlife-related activity in the U.S., and even conservative estimates put the current number of U.S. birders at 50 million. The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America will be the essential reference for field identification and the cornerstone of any birder's library. This is the ultimate, indispensable bird field guide—comprehensive, authoritative, portable, sturdy, and easier than ever to use.

Among the the new edition's key elements and practical improvements:

  • Every North American species—more than 960, including a new section on accidental birds—classified according to the latest official American Ornithologists' Union checklist
  • 4,000 full-color illustrations by the foremost bird artists at work today and newly updated range maps that draw on the latest data
  • New durable cover for added protection against adverse weather, plus informative quick-reference flaps that double as placemarkers
  • New reader-friendly features like thumbtabs that make locating key sections faster and easier, and a quick-find index to direct users straight to the information they need.


  • Softcover
  • 504 pages, 4,000 color illustrations and maps
  • 5'' x 8''
  • © 2006

Author Info

Jon L. Dunn, a leading expert on the identification and distribution of North American birds, has served as chief consultant on all four previous editions of this book. He is also a consultant for the American Birding Association magazine, Birding, and the former chair of the ABA Checklist Committee.

Jonathan Alderfer, chief consultant for National Geographic's Birding Program, is a widely published author and field guide illustrator. One of the nation's foremost birding artists, he is well known for his expertise as a field ornithologist and an authority on North American birds. He was a general consultant, art consultant, and contributing artist for the NG Field Guide to the Birds of North America 3rd and 4th editions, and the lead editor of NG's Complete Birds of North America. A former Associate Editor of Birding, the ABA magazine, he also served on the Maryland/D.C. Bird Records Committee.

In the Press

"For most of the past decade, my choice [of field guides] has been the National Geographic guide.—Mike Hannisian, Bird Watcher's Digest

"The field reference of choice for serious birders since its inception....Beginners and experts alike will flock to this handy ├×eld guide."—Amazon.com

"My favorite field guide and the one I recommend to ornithology and birding classes I teach."—Herb Wilson, Kennebec Journal

"National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America has set a new standard of excellence for field guides."—Bridgton News


Great Tool


If I leave the book out & my grandson spots it, it's gone...


Bay Area


1st edition passed down from parents


Great reference for any backyard birder.


Gulfport, MS


National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

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