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Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. This groundbreaking guide features more than 1,000 stunning color photos, extensive species accounts with multiple viewing angles, and an entirely new system of vocalization analysis that helps you distinguish songs and calls. The Warbler Guide revolutionizes birdwatching, making warbler identification easier than ever before. For more information, please see the author videos on the Princeton University Press website. * Covers all 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada* Visual quick finders help you identify warblers from any angle* Song and call finders make identification easy using a few simple questions* Uses sonograms to teach a new system of song identification that makes it easier to understand and hear differences between similar species* Detailed species accounts show multiple views with diagnostic points, direct comparisons of plumage and vocalizations with similar species, and complete aging and sexing descriptions* New aids to identification include song mnemonics and icons for undertail pattern, color impression, habitat, and behavior* Includes field exercises, flight shots, general identification strategies, and quizzes* A complete, page-by-page audio companion to all of the 1,000-plus songs and calls covered by the book is available for purchase and download from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library by using the link at www.TheWarblerGuide.com
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A field guide that revolutionizes warbler identificationWarblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to q...
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Winner of a 2014 National Outdoor Book Award in Nature Guidebooks Second Place for the 2013 BB/BTO Best Bird Book of the Year, British Birds and the British Trust for Ornithology Honorable Mention for the 2013 PROSE Award in Single Volume Reference/Science, Association of American Publishers "The Warbler Guide is a reference book which you will want to have on your desk, your night stand or in your car, for contained within its pages is more treasure than any birder could ever hope for... Bravo to authors Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle for raising the bar by which we judge specialty guides."--Wayne Mones, AudubonMagazine.org "The Warbler Guide is a fine book crammed with photographs, tips, expert advice, innovation and information designed to help identify a unique and beautiful set of birds."--Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog "Fantastic and, yes, ground-breaking... There will be no birder north of the Rio Grande who would turn down this book. There will be few who intend to visit North America that would not want to spend time familiarising themselves with the Wood Warblers, and there is no better way for them than to open these pages and get lost in their cornucopia of detail... Everything from sonograms to seasonal variations, confusion species to aging and sexing and with pretty detailed distribution maps as well. The term 'tour de force' sits well upon its wide shoulders."--Fatbirder "The Warbler Bible has come forth! This is easily the most comprehensive and fantastic warbler specific guide covering North American Warblers. I am amazed and impressed with each of its features... [A] must-have book."--Robert Mortensen, Birding is Fun "A warbler feast for the eyes, the answer to the prayers of every birder who has seen a glimpse of yellow, black, and white and said, 'If only that leaf wasn't in the way, I'd know that warbler's name.'... The Warbler Guide, by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, is not just another bird identification book... The authors have thought long and hard about what makes an identification guide work and then approached it their own way. The auditory descriptions of bird song and chips, based on scientific analysis rather than a subjective translation of sound, present a very different approach to identifying birds by ear. The abundance of photographs, the plethora of charts and finding guides, all printed in brilliant color on lovely paper, the clarity of design, make this book a joy to look at and to use."--Donna Schulman, 10,000 Birds "Thoroughly detailed... I'll keep this guide close to me and make my warbler identification a lot more simple."--H.J. Ruiz, Avian 101 "The Warbler Guide is a must-have book for every birder. It is comprehensive, easy-to-use, and absolutely gorgeous."--Eddie Callaway, Birdfreak.com "Stupendous... Each of the 56 species accounts contain at least a dozen photographs, emphasizing various plumage variations--in all, over 1000 stunning color photos grace the book... One of the unique features of this book is that many of these photos are taken from below, which is how you really see warblers in the field... This relatively inexpensive book will aid birders of all abilities in identifying the warblers of America."--Dan Tallman's Bird Blog "The Warbler Guide is Music to My Eyes! ... By the coming fall migration The Warbler Guide 'will' be considered the ultimate, must-have guide for any birder serious about identifying the 'butterflies of the avian world.'"--Jerry Jourdan, Jerry's Birding/Digiscoping Blog "There's never been an ID guide quite like this one. It's as if the publisher told the authors to produce a book on warbler identification that includes everything a birder might ever need. But don't be misled by my enthusiasm for The Warbler Guide. It will not make identifying warblers easy, it just makes it possible. It's still up to every birder to find, see and hear the birds bef
Tom Stephenson's articles and photos have appeared in Birding and Bird Watcher's Digest, at Surfbirds.com, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. He has guided groups across the United States and Asia. A musician, he has had several Grammy and Academy Award winners as clients, and was director of technology at Roland Corporation. Scott Whittle lives in Cape May, New Jersey, and has twenty years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. He holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and is a onetime New York State Big Year record holder.
How to Use This Book 6 Icons and Key Terms 8 How to Use the Maps 10 Topographic Tour 12 What to Notice on a Warbler 16 Aging and Sexing Warblers 56 Understanding Sonograms 62 How to Listen to Warbler Songs 68 Learning Chip and Flight Calls 90 Visual Finder Guides 100 Warbler Song Finder Charts 116 Chip Call Finder 130 Flight Call Finder 134 Species Accounts 138 American Redstart Male 138 American Redstart F/1yM 146 Audubon's Bright 476 Audubon's Drab 480 Bay-breasted Bright 150 Bay-breasted Drab 156 Black-and-white 160 Blackburnian Bright 166 Blackburnian Drab 172 Blackpoll Spring 176 Blackpoll Fall 182 Black-throated Blue Male 186 Black-throated Blue Female 192 Black-throated Gray 196 Black-throated Green 202 Blue-winged 208 Brewster's 214 Canada 216 Cape May Bright 222 Cape May Drab 228 Cerulean 232 Chestnut-sided Bright 238 Chestnut-sided Drab 244 Colima 248 Common Yellowthroat AdM 254 Common Yellowthroat F/1yM 260 Connecticut Bright 264 Connecticut Drab 270 Crescent-chested 498 Fan-tailed 500 Golden-cheeked 274 Golden-crowned 502 Golden-winged 280 Grace's 286 Gray-crowned Yellowthroat 504 Hermit 294 Hooded 300 Kentucky 306 Kirtland's 312 Lawrence's 214 Louisiana Waterthrush 318 Lucy's 324 MacGillivray's Bright 330 MacGillivray's Drab 336 Magnolia Bright 340 Magnolia Drab 346 Mourning Bright 350 Mourning Drab 356 Myrtle Bright 476 Myrtle Drab 480 Nashville 360 Northern Parula 366 Northern Waterthrush 372 Olive Warbler 522 Orange-crowned 378 Ovenbird 384 Painted Redstart 390 Palm 396 Pine 402 Prairie 410 Prothonotary 416 Red-faced 422 Rufous-capped 506 Slate-throated 508 Swainson's 428 Tennessee 434 Townsend's 440 Tropical Parula 510 Virginia's 446 Wilson's 452 Worm-eating 460 Yellow 466 Yellow-breasted Chat 520 Yellow-rumped Bright 476 Yellow-rumped Drab 480 Yellow-throated 492 Similar Non-warbler Species 512 Hybrid Warblers 524 Quiz and Review 526 Warblers in Flight 534 North American Warbler Taxonomy 540 Measurements 542 Silhouettes 544 Habitat and Behavior 546 Glossary 549 Resources 555 Acknowledgments 557 Photo Credits 558 Index 559