Birds of Arizona and New Mexico

A Timber Press Field Guide

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Pub Date Dec 10 2024 | Archive Date Dec 10 2024

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Ideal for birders, hikers, and foragers, Timber Press Field Guides are the perfect tools for loving where you live 
Birds of  Arizona and New Mexico is a comprehensive field guide to commonly found birds in the region, including local favorites and rare curiosities. This full-color guide includes precise descriptions of voices, behaviors, and habitats and details the top birding sites across the American Southwest. Authors Melissa Fratello and Steven Prager speak to and for a new generation of birders, offering a unique perspective and approach to birding that prioritizes accessibility and inclusion. They also cover the region’s unique issues, such as birding on tribal land, and birding along the Southern Border.

  • Covers Arizona, New Mexico, and their border regions
  • Describes and illustrates nearly 400 bird species
  • Over 800 spectacular photographs of relevant plumages and birds in flight
  • Individual range maps, showing seasonal and migratory patterns
  • Easy to use for beginners and experts alike

Ideal for birders, hikers, and foragers, Timber Press Field Guides are the perfect tools for loving where you live 
Birds of  Arizona and New Mexico is a comprehensive field guide to commonly found...

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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. A great book about the birds you can see in New Mexico and Arizona. Lots of great pictures and information.

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A Timber Press Field Guide always makes me very happy. I enjoy them because not only are they visually stunning, but they are informative, concise and so enjoyable. They are accesible in that tey are a pleasure to read, very well organised and easy to refer to, as well as delving deep into each area they cover.

Topmost, is that the photography is always so very beautiful. How these pictures are captured absolutely boggles my mind but I am so very glad that they are as we get to enjoy them!

Birds of Arizona and New Mexico by Melissa Fratello & Steven Prager is a wonderful title in this series. Beginning with equipment and some identification criteria. You are not bogged down by jargonese, the text is conversational,. sharing an enthusiasm for the subject without an info dump or overpowering narrative. From urban areas to national parks and wetlands, this vevry helpful guide contains useful information for any new ornithologist and indeed, some seasoned ones! (Great sections on trail etiquette, safety and respect for indigenous and private lands)

All in all, a stunning book but packed full of everything you need to know to go out and see if you can spot species you don't notice every day

Thank you very much to Netgalley, Timber Press, Melissa Fratello & Steven Prager for this very enjoyable ARC. My review is left voluntarily and all opinions are my own

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This field guide is an invaluable resource for both novice birders and seasoned travelers planning to explore the rich avian diversity of Arizona and New Mexico. As someone with a budding interest in birding, I found this guide to be exceptionally helpful in navigating the intricacies of each region’s unique habitats, rules, and etiquette.

One aspect I particularly appreciate is its thoroughness in providing essential information on gear, seasonal considerations, and birding etiquette, very helpful for beginners. From understanding the range and habitat of various species to learning about the laws governing proximity to nocturnal birds, this guide offers a wealth of tips and tricks to enhance the birding experience.

Moreover, the inclusion of trail etiquette and highlighted hot spots adds practicality to the guide, ensuring a rewarding and respectful birding adventure. Whether you’re embarking on your first birding expedition or planning a family trip to Arizona and New Mexico, this book is an indispensable companion that promises to enrich your birding journey.

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Well laid out and thorough guide to birds and birding in Arizona and New Mexico. Extensive discussion of birding basics and local habitat. Explores the peculiar risks and unique pleasures of Southwestern birding. Lengthy discussions of birds in each listing. Uses photos, not drawings, and some species are under represented by photos. Some regional specialties, like elf owl, are excluded. Curiously, Yellow-Breasted Chat is placed with orioles. Nevertheless, the good more than outweighs the nits.

My ARC still has many stock photos watermarked as such. Also, the male wood duck is a Mandarin.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for a fair review.

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This is a great reference book to take camping or hiking that includes about 500 species of birds that live or migrate through the Southwest. I am more partial to the raptors and Corvid species like the ravens that inhabit New Mexico than the sparrows and other smaller birds. They do a wonderful job of eating insects and reminds us how fragile the desert ecosystem system is.

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Thanks to the Timber Press and Netgalley for this eARC.

As a book reviewer, I’ve had the pleasure of exploring a wide range of literary landscapes. When it comes to field guides, I’m always on the lookout for those that strike a balance between information and aesthetics. 🦜Birds of Arizona and New Mexico by Melissa Fratello and Steven Prager is precisely such a gem.

🌵 Exploring the Southwest Avian World

This comprehensive field guide is tailor-made for birders, hikers, and foragers who want to deepen their connection with the natural world. Whether you’re a seasoned ornithologist or a curious beginner, this book offers a delightful journey through the vibrant birdlife of Arizona and New Mexico.

📸 Visual Splendor

The first thing that captures your attention is the stunning photography. Over 800 spectacular photographs grace the pages, showcasing birds in their natural habitats. From the majestic raptors to the delicate songbirds, each image is a testament to the authors’ keen eye and dedication.

🗣️ Voices and Behaviors

Melissa Fratello and Steven Prager go beyond mere identification. They provide precise descriptions of voices and behaviors, allowing readers to recognize birds not only by sight but also by their distinctive calls and actions. It’s like having a personal conversation with each feathered friend.

🌎 Southwest Insights

What sets this guide apart is its commitment to inclusivity. The authors address unique issues, such as birding on tribal land and along the Southern Border. They speak to a new generation of birders, emphasizing accessibility and respect for indigenous knowledge.

🌟 Trail Etiquette and More

Beyond species accounts, the book covers practical aspects. Trail etiquette, safety precautions, and a deep respect for indigenous and private lands are woven seamlessly into the narrative. It’s not just about spotting birds; it’s about doing so with mindfulness and reverence.

🔍 Top Birding Sites

The guide highlights the top birding sites across the American Southwest. Whether you’re exploring urban areas, national parks, or wetlands, you’ll find useful information to enhance your birdwatching adventures.

🎉 Conclusion - a 5 star manual

Birds of Arizona and New Mexico is more than a guide; it’s an invitation to explore, appreciate, and protect our avian neighbors. So grab your binoculars, step into the sun-drenched landscapes, and let the melodic calls of sparrows, hawks, and warblers fill your senses. This book is a celebration of the wild and a reminder that every feathered creature has a story to tell.

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A nice reference bird guide for the different birds in the American SW and Northern Mexico.. A good third of the beginning gives tips for bird watching, if needed. Would be a useful take along for a guide. Would recommend.

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Fantastic book. The pictures of the birds are stunning and the information is very thorough and detailed. I appreciated the tips such as some birds are hard to identify unless they are singing and thus fluff up more to see identifiable traits. Glossary and anatomy was helpful. It is written in a way in which it is entertaining for not just adults but children as well (with adult help).

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Fantastic guide with lots of relevant information at the beginning. I really enjoyed the extra tips and suggestions which were easily accessible and not overly wordy or pompous. Recognition of Indigenous land and respectful trail use make this an essential modern guide for anyone wishing to explore the natural world.
Beautiful photos although my ARC still had many watermarked stock images and I felt many species would have benefited from more images or in flight silhouettes for easier identification.
Descriptions are well rounded and included helpful details such as call sounds.
Would absolutely recommend for anyone living or visiting Arizona or New Mexico.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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