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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America: Second Edition


The all new and completely revised edition, released in March 2016.

Second edition, March 2016

504 pages, flexibound


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A discussion of updates and corrections to this edition can be found here

Information from the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Inc

Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 715 bird species, plus regional populations, found west of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations–more than 5,046 in total–with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has been updated to include the most current information concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Here too are more than 652 updated maps drawn from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent, and showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges.

This new and improved edition includes:

  • Updated habitat, description, behavior, and conservation text for each species account and all family pages.
  • New and revised illustrations of species and regional forms.
  • New design featuring species accounts in columns, allowing for better comparison and more illustrations and text.
  • Current taxonomic order and up-to-date common names.
  • All maps revised to reflect the most current range information.
  • More species and rarities included

Also available from:





Independent bookstores



Barnes & Noble


or from any of the stores on my events schedule

Version history:


First Edition

First printing – March 2003
unchanged through
Multiple printings ending in 2015


Second Edition

First printing – March 2016
unchanged through
several printings (as of Apr 2019)

Weight 21 oz
Dimensions 8 × 1.1 × 5 in