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Adrift in a World of White

A review by Rick Wright

Broken Wing, by David Budbill

Green Writers Press, 2016

212 pages—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14839

Diversity, alas, is still not our strong suit in North American birding. There are a few encouraging signs: Women, people of color, and members of other historically under-represented groups are slightly less scarce [read more…]

A Compellingly Beautiful Picture Book

A review by Beth Guldseth

A Perfect Day for an Albatross, by Caren Loebel-Fried

Cornell Lab Publishing Group, 2017

32 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14797

The conservationist and artist Caren Loebel-Fried is the author of seven award-winning books for children. Her most recent work, A Perfect Day for an Albatross, may be intended [read more…]

Another Incentive to Visit Hawaii

A review by Dennis Paulson

The Birds of the Hawaiian Islands, by Robert L. Pyle and Peter Pyle

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, 2017

On line at

I was happy to be asked to review this online book: I might not have paid much attention to it otherwise, preferring the rustle of pages as I [read more…]

The Essential Tool for Birding Australia

A review by Chris Benesh

The Australian Bird Guide, by Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack, and Kim Franklin

Princeton University Press, 2017

566 pages—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14737

Few places on Earth are as well saturated with field guides as Australia. The first modern attempt , Neville Cayley’s [read more…]

The Cuban Endemics, Plus

A review by Diana Doyle

Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Comprehensive Field Guide Including West Indian Endemics Residing in Cuba, by Nils Navarro

Ediciones Nuevos Mundos, 2015

168 page—softcover

Available in English and Spanish

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14535

Bee Hummingbird.

Those two words best characterize the tantalizing endemics of Cuba. But this [read more…]

A Bird List with Pictures: Why?

A review by Rick Wright

HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, by Josep del Hoyo and Nigel J. Collar

Lynx Edicions, 2014-2016

2 volumes, 1916 pages—hardcover

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In their preliminary remarks to this tally of all the world’s birds, the authors take the [read more…]

A Stillness Beneath the Waves

A review by Charles Hagner

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan

W.W. Norton, 2017

364 pages, hardcover

I love Lake Michigan.

I have driven around its southern end more times than I can recall. I’ve traced its contours from the windows of jet planes. And I’ve crossed it by ferry. [read more…]

Birding and the Art of Careful Observation

A review by Johanna Beam

A–Z of Bird Portraits: An Illustrated Guide to Painting Beautiful Birds in Acrylics, by Andrew Forkner

Search Press, 2015

144 pages, hardcover

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, by John Muir Laws

Heyday, 2016

303 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14644

Bird Art: Drawing Birds Using [read more…]

A New Look at New Guinea

A review by David Bishop

Birds of New Guinea, 2nd ed., by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce M. Beehler

Princeton University Press, 2016

528 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13578

Birds of New Guinea: Distribution, Taxonomy, and Systematics, by Bruce M. Beehler and Thane K. Pratt

Princeton University Press, 2016

668 pages, hardcover

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Celebrating Bird Art and Bird Artists

A review by Sandra Paci

The Paper Zoo: 500 Years of Animals in Art, by Charlotte Sleigh

University of Chicago Press, 2017

256 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14786

First off, let me say that this is an absolutely gorgeous book. I am something of a luddite in my continued preference for physical [read more…]

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