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The Sibley Guide to Birds

The Sibley Guide to Birds

David Allen Sibley

The New York Times review of this book points out the chain that led here. First John James Audubon gave us Birds of America in 1838, then Roger Tory Peterson gave us Field Guide to the Birds in 1934. Now, The Sibley Guide to Birds (published by the National Audubon Society) enters the roll of great natural history books.

This book is often cited as the prime resource for birding for good reason. I use it at least once a week as backyard birder and I see it as a sort of middle ground between Audubon's peerless but sometimes unscientific bird paintings and Peterson's depth of description. I had the Peterson guides as a young birder and what they lack in accuracy of modern taxonomy and range, I still believe they amply make up in behavior, nesting, etc, details. And if one finds The Sibley Guide to Birds...

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