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Owls in Context: Nature and Culture

A review by Alison Beringer

The House of Owls

by Tony Angell

Yale University Press, 2016

224 pages, $18–softcover

ABA Sales #14480P

One of the first bird sounds many children learn is the hoot of an owl—but not so often from the owl itself as from an adult’s mimicking the bird. How many children actually [read more…]

New Owl Books—and New Owls

A review by David E. Quady

Undiscovered Owls, by Magnus Robb & The Sound Approach

The Sound Approach, 2015

308 pages, $59.50—hardcover, with 4 CDs

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14512

Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, by Scott Weidensaul

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

333 pages, $40.00—hardcover

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A New Classic for North American Waterfowl and Their Watchers

A review by Keith Betton

Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia, by Sébastien Reeber

Princeton University Press, 2016

656 pages, $45—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14588

This is the latest in the series of Helm Identification Guides, which includes such great titles as Robins and Chats, Woodpeckers of the World, and Owls of [read more…]

The Illiterate Birder

Yikes, that ain’t English! And what on earth is that strange reptilian creature on the cover?

It’s easy sometimes for us Americans to forget that there is a whole vast birding literature out there that is not published in the US or the UK. On those rare occasions when we are reminded, it’s often by [read more…]

Reading Birdsounds, Listening to Print

A review by Don Torino

Bird Song: Defined, Decoded, Described, by Ernie Jardine

Bird Song Press, 2011

448 pages, $21.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13629

Our lives are bombarded by new technologies every day, from phones to drones. The changes they have wrought on our world are astonishing. It’s no different in the [read more…]

Birding is Hard

I started birding in 1972, and took to it like an ibis takes to drainage ditches. I pretty quickly learned all of the birds that could be reasonably expected in the city parks of Chicago, where I grew up. By 1975, I was a fully fledged, vagrant-hunting birder. By the time I was 13 years [read more…]

Birds We Ought to Know Better

A review by Keith Betton

The Helm Guide to Bird Identification: Comparing Confusion Species, by Keith Vinicombe, Alan Harris, and Laurel Tucker

A & C Black, 2014

396 pages, $42.95—softcover

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The internet tells us that the term “game-changer” was not used outside of sports until 1993. But one of the best [read more…]

YOUR TURN: What Makes a Good Field Guide?

That, or some variation thereof, is one of the questions I most often hear from beginning birdwatchers. This article in the December 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear attempts to answer that question by offering the advice of a diverse set of birders from various corners of Canada and the U.S. These are not [read more…]

Not Your Grandparents’ Waterfowl

A review by Paul A. Johnsgard

Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America, Fourth Edition, by Guy Baldassarre

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014

1,027 pages in two volumes, $69.95—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14400

In 1942, the American Wildlife Institute published The Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America, a modest-sized book of 474 [read more…]

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithologists’ Union’s North American Classification Committee (NACC). The Supplement details revisions to its Check-list (e.g., lumps, splits, new species, new classifications, etc.). Below is a brief rundown of those changes. (You can see the Supplement here.) Be sure to check out the [read more…]

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