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Sibley’s Birding Basics


An introduction to the basic principles of bird identification, from feather arrangement to perception

First edition, Oct 2002

168 pages, flexibound


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About the book

Birding Basics, published in October 2002, is meant to be the introduction to The Sibley Guide to Birds. It was clear when I was writing the introduction in that book, kept short for very good reasons, that it would not be sufficient to cover all of the details that I thought it should. So I cut and condensed to make that intro, and two years later came up with the idea to create a whole new book.

This book introduces readers to the basic information that underlies the techniques of modern bird identification. It is a beginner’s guide to the concepts and tools of bird identification; topics such as molt, feather wear, shape, structure, and feather patterns, to name a few. Understanding the basics of the appearance and variation of birds will help any birder of any level advance to make quicker and more accurate identifications. This book will work with any field guide.

More information is available here

Information from the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

Spanish language edition

Spanish language edition

Also available from:


Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle


Version history:


First Edition

First printing – October 2002

BirdingBasics_in_Spanish Translated to Spanish and published by Corbidi, 2010

Spanish edition


Weight 11 oz