You can find a key to the range map colors inside the front cover of the bird guides. An easy way to remember the color scheme is that red (warm color) means summer range, blue (cool color) means winter range. Where birds are resident (summer and winter) the two colors combine to make purple. Yellow […]
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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
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
No. Only species found in the continental US and Canada (north of Mexico) are included. Additional species found in Hawaii, Mexico, the Bahamas, etc. are not included in the Sibley Guide to 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
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
Eastern Guide works best in: Western Guide works best in: The most significant biological division in North America is the Rocky Mountains and related ranges, from Big Bend in western Texas to the Alaska Range. If you want a book for a state or province that does not include any of the Rocky Mountains or