Book review: Birds of North America by Tom Wood, Sheri Williamson and Jeffrey Glassberg
This gorgeous new book, approved by the American Bird Conservancy, offers very general introductory ideas and identifications. It is not thorough in any area, nor does it give complete listings or maps. Sections on conservation, bird While the general species guide offers the usual topics, including range, size, food, sounds, the data is less than useful when applied to an entire species. For example, the section on herons, egrets and bitterns gives the size as 13-46 inches. That's a huge spread--and it's true. The Great Blue Heron is 39-52 inches, while the Least Bittern is 11-14 inches. It may be useful to be able to identify the species, but it could also be very confusing.
If you want a coffee table book,this is a good option. If you want a definitive birding guide to use in the field, this is not to be considered. Beautiful photos, but seriously flawed content.