Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America, 6th Edition (Peterson Field Guides)

December 5, 2015 - Comment

Guide to birds of eastern and central north america guides a unique identification system, which has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. This guide is illustrated with drawings and photographs in color and black and white and all provide up to date range information and the most useful descriptions, pinpoints key field marks for

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Guide to birds of eastern and central north america guides a unique identification system, which has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. This guide is illustrated with drawings and photographs in color and black and white and all provide up to date range information and the most useful descriptions, pinpoints key field marks for quick recognition and easy comparison of species. Measures 4-1/2-inch length by 7-1/4-inch width.Product Description
With all-new range maps, updated text, and 40 new paintings, the completely revised editions of two classic Peterson Field Guides are sure to be valuable additions to any birder’s pocket or daypack. At a trim size of 5 x 8, they are portable but also beautifully illustrated. Photographs, while modern looking and colorful, capture just one moment in time. The paintings in these guides, however, show all of a bird’s key field marks and use the Peterson Identification System to make bird identification easier for beginning and intermediate bird watchers. A team of professional birders has updated the text, the maps, and the art for these authoritative guides. Expert birders also created 35 entertaining and easy-to-use video podcasts, which are available to download. They make fun and educational viewing on a computer desktop or MP3 player.

The best-selling field guide since 1934, the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America is now in its sixth edition. With clear, succinct accounts of more than 500 species, accurate and beautiful paintings on 159 color plates, and 512 maps annotated with extensive range information, this is the most up-to-date and accessible field guide for bird watchers in eastern North America

A Look Inside Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America
(Click on each image below to read about the bird group)

Miscellaneous Chickenlike Birds Atlantic Alcids (Auks) and Murrelets Waxwings, Bulbul, and Starlings

Product Features

  • Guide to birds of eastern and central north america
  • This book guides a unique identification system, which has been called the greatest invention since binoculars
  • This guide is illustrated with drawings and photographs in color and black and white and all provide up to date range information and the most useful descriptions
  • A 128 pages colorful book
  • Measures 8.50-inch width by 11-inch length

Comments

Donald Morgan says:

Still a great guide, but losing ground I really wish I could agree with the glowing reviews given by others, but I can’t, at least in some respects. I grew up with the original Peterson field guide, and it was my parents’ bible. The revisions over the years greatly enhanced the original material. I doubt there is a “seasoned” birder out there who would not say that the Peterson guides are responsible to a great extent for their love of birding. 

Doug Phillips says:

Peterson is still the best for bird ID! Sure there is lots more competition from other bird books now; but for ID of birds Peterson is still the best! The use of “points of emphasis” drawings to distinguish what makes a species different is still the best technique and biggest help – even for experienced birders (and I fit this category knowing warblers by their song). Do not go with books that use photographs whatever you do – birds just do not look like the photo in real life; as there is significant variation by bird. But a few characteristics are prominent on all birds of the same species – thus, Peterson drawings emphasizing these prominent points are the most helpful approach. Also, do not try to make a reference book with more info into a “field guide” for ID – too much info is bulky and confusing and harder to reference “in the field”. RTP is still King and his legacy lives on…

H. Moro says:

Better Still! I was initially reluctant to buy the first edition of the namesake guide that R. T. Peterson (who died in 1996) was not at all involved in producing, but I was needlessly concerned. This new guide incrementally improves on its previous (5th) edition, incorporating a cleaner layout, updated range maps, and the revised taxonomy of the latest supplements to the AOU checklist. The original plates, similarly, have been dealt a subtle hand; overall, I feel they’ve never looked better! 

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