Item description for Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of Texas (Smithsonian Handbooks) by Fred J. Alsop...
The most comprehensive series of field guides to North American birds ever. This impressive collection highlights birds from all regions of the United States including localized areas such as the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest and New England.
Whether birding in the foothills of New England, the prairies of the Midwest, or the beaches of Florida, Smithsonian Handbooks are the most comprehensive field guides to North American birds on the market. Looking for the Great Blue Heron or the Piping Plover while visiting the Great Lakes? Desperate to find the rare Long Billed Curlew or the Marbled Godwit during a hike in the Cascade Mountains? There's no need to look any further! Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution, these amazing guides are an absolute staple for any birder or amateur ornithologist. Each local species receives its own profile, along with descriptions of habitats and annotated photographs that highlight specific characteristics and other points of interest. Take bird watching to new heights!
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Studio: DK ADULT
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.3" Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2002
Publisher DK Adult
ISBN 0789483882 ISBN13 9780789483881 UPC 635517083880
Availability 0 units.
More About Fred J. Alsop
Frederick Joseph Alsop, III Ph.D. is an ornithologist and a professor of biological sciences at East Tennessee State University. He received his doctorate in zoology from the University of Tennessee, and specialized in the ecology, distribution, life history, and taxonomy of birds. In addition to studying the effects of pesticides on eggshell thickness and endangered and threatened species, Fred Alsop is an avid field biologist and birder, and has identified more than 2,500 species of birds worldwide.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of Texas (Smithsonian Handbooks)?
Excellent Bird Book Jun 27, 2007
My wife and I observed several species of birds in our neighborhood and we simply wanted to know what kind they were. We're not serious birders (yet). Another review on another site suggested a certain book "if you're only going to have one bird book." We have that one too, but this is the book we go to first. It provides all the information on a particular bird concisely on one page in a uniform format throughout. It has answered all our questions so far (two months). This is the book to have if you're only going to have one bird book. We're not smart enough to vouch for its technical accuracy. It's nice to round out the presentation with a second book, but we prefer this one.
Disappointing May 15, 2007
I am a very amateur birder, but as we are planning a move to Texas I wanted to know what types of birds we might encounter there. I thought this book would be the best choice, but I was disappointed. The pictures of the birds are very well done, but the habitat map guide is not helpful at all. It is of the entire US, not just Texas, and many of the birds in the book are not even shown as having Texas as a habitat. The insets of similar birds is a good idea, but is way to small to be of much use. I guess I'll have wait until I get to Texas and look through books at an actual bookstore in order to find a good guide.
Great Texas Birding Book Feb 12, 2007
For the beginner birder or just someone who wants help identifying birds, this is a very good guide to add to your library. The descriptions, pictures and information are excellent. It covers just about anything you want to know about birds of Texas such as the song, behavior, breeding, nesting, flight pattern, and a map showing the range. As an added bonus you can list on the specific page when, what time and where you have viewed the bird. Love the book!
Great reference guide; not-so-great field guide Mar 8, 2005
I really like this book. However, it is not my first choice when out birding. It has some great features, including detailed information on habitat, population, attracting to feeders, etc. However, there is often only one picture of a bird; this is a photograph rather than a drawing, which has advantages and drawbacks. Sometimes, it is easier to idetify from a drawing and other times you just need a photo. I do like the feature that gives you the birds size and silhoutte. I do like the one bird per page feature but it does make the size cumbersome. Therefore, I use this as a reference guide to be kept at home and compare my notes against when I come back from the field. I also am a big fan of the section at the bottom of the page that allows you to record information about sighting the bird in question. Great as a reference, but if you need a great field guide go with Sibley.
I'm buying my second copy now... Apr 30, 2004
...to give as a gift, because I'm so pleased with it.
Unlike some of the other reviewers, who seem to have a great deal of expertise and several bird books at-hand, I'm just a casual observer of the visitors to my backyard feeder. This is the first bird book (ahem, field guide) for me, and I don't see that I'll need to seek other titles any time soon.
As with most Dorling-Kindersley publications, the photos are great (these show male, female, and juvenile examples), the layout is engaging, and the text is informative. One helpful feature for a novice like me: Next to a picture, there's often a notation of something like "often mistaken for.." so you can look up those other species to compare details.
I'm not really interested in an encyclopedia about each bird; I just wanted a handy reference, and this book serves that purpose admirably.