HOW THIS BOOK WORKS
Until now, no tool for identifying birds has also provided access to information on behavior, nesting, flight patterns, and similar birds in a compact and user-friendly format. Written for the novice as well as the experienced birder, this book showcases in individual page profiles each of the 689 species of birds documented for eastern North America. The species are in taxonomic order and include all those known to breed east of the 100th meridian in North America north of Mexico, or adjacent islands and seas within 200 miles of the coast, and all species documented as regular visitors or vagrants by the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) and the American Birding Association (ABA). Only those species listed on the current AOU Check-list of North American Birds (7th edition, 1998 and its 42nd Supplement, 2000) and the ABA 1998-99 ABA Check-list Report, Birding 31: 518-524 are included. Other species that have been seen but not yet accepted by one of these two bodies are not included. Also excluded are a host of introduced exotic species that are living in the wild, mostly in southern California and southern Florida, that are not yet recognized by either the AOU or the ABA as having viable breeding populations in North America.
FINDING YOUR BIRD
To find a bird, you can scan the pages of the book, or look up either scientific name or common name in the index. The species are in taxonomic order, beginning with the non-passerines such as grebes, loons, ducks, hawks, owls, doves, hummingbirds, and woodpeckers. They are followed by the passerines, the perching or songbirds, which begin on page 431. Once you have found your bird's species profile, it will help you identify the bird as well as provide ready reference to its natural history. (Continues...)