FAQ Category: Sibley Birds East

What are the differences between the Sibley Guide to Birds and the Field Guides to Eastern and Western Birds?

These books share the same illustrations and maps, and very similar text, differences are mainly in the size of the books and the inclusion of species and variations. Summary: The big guide is more of a reference book and is recommended when you want to have access to all species and as much information as …

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What does “flexibound” mean?

A “flexibound” binding is a flexible cover that is thicker than a typical paperback and extends beyond the page edges. It is intermediate between the traditional “paperback” and “hardcover” styles, and many sellers simply list it as one of those categories, causing some confusion.

I see Sibley Guides for sale elsewhere as “paperback”, “hardcover”, and “flexibound”? Which one should I buy?

They are all the same (with one exception). The Sibley Guides to Birds and Trees have only one binding, called “flexibound”. It is a flexible cover, thicker than a typical paperback and extending beyond the page edges. It is intermediate between the traditional “paperback” and “hardcover” styles, and many sellers list it as one of …

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What’s different in the second editions of the Sibley Field Guides to Eastern and Western Birds?

The new second editions of the Eastern and Western Field Guides use the revised art, text, and maps from the Second Edition of the Sibley Guide to Birds (see this page for info about what was changed in that book). The new editions are the same size as the 2003 versions, but the layout is …

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I live in Colorado/Michigan/Texas…. Should I buy the Eastern or Western guide?

The Eastern and Western Guides were carefully planned to avoid dividing states. The Rocky Mountains form a natural biological and climatic division of the continent, and basically any state or Province entirely east of the Rocky Mountains will be covered by the Eastern Guide, while states and provinces in, or west of, the Rockies will …

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Which states are covered by the Eastern Field Guide and which by the Western Field Guide?

Eastern Guide works best in: Alabama Arkansas Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Manitoba Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Nebraska New Brunswick New Hampshire New Jersey New York Newfoundland and Labrador North Carolina North Dakota Nova Scotia Nunavut Ohio Oklahoma Ontario Pennsylvania Prince Edward Island Quebec Rhode Island Saskatchewan …

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