Birding Book Club – Best Birding References

July 7, 2022

Birders love bird books, and we at the American Birding Podcast love to get together to discuss bird books in the Birding Book Club segment. Donna Schulman from the website 10,000 Birds and Birding magazine’s Frank Izaguirre join Nate Swick to talk about our favorite Bird and Birding Reference guides. It’s a broad topic, but if you’re looking for books to fill out your bird library, we’re here to help. 

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Nate’s Picks

1) Rare Birds of North America  – Steve N.G. Howell, Ian Lewington, Will Russell

2) Identification Guide to North American Birds, Parts 1 & 2 – Peter Pyle

3) Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names  – James Jobling (free .pdf online)

4) All the Birds of the World  – Josep del Hoyo, editor

5) Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding  – Kenn Kaufmann

Donna’s Picks

1) The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior  – ed. Chris Elphick, John Dunning, Jr, David Sibley

2) Birds and People  – Mark Cocker

3) Rare Birds of North America – Steve N.G. Howell, Ian Lewington, Will Russell

4) Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Ornithology – Scott Weidensaul

5) Peterson Field Guide to Birds Sounds of Eastern/Western North America – Nathan Pieplow

Frank’s Pick

1) The New Neotropical Companion  – John Kricher

2) Where the Birds Are: The 100 Best Birdwatching Spots in North America  – various

3) All the Birds of the World  – Josep del Hoyo, editor

4) The World’s Rarest Birds  – Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, Robert Still

5) America’s 100 Most Wanted Birds: Finding the Rarest Regularly Occuring Birds in the Lower 48 States – Steven Mlodinow, Michael O’Brien

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