Birds of North America, by Robbins, Bruun, and Zim (Golden Press, New
York, 1983; $7.95), is the handiest one to slip into a jacket pocket. A
revision of the Golden field guide first published in 1966, this
360-page edition now includes all 650 birds that nest in America north
of Mexico, 60 that regularly migrate or wander into this region without
nesting, and 100 “foreigners” that sometimes stray onto the
The book groups similar birds, so you can easily compare
A typical two-page spread lists five birds. Most entries have a
range map (many maps are new in this edition), a sonagram to picture the
bird’s song, and a brief description of the bird, its habitat, and
important mannerisms and field marks.
Color illustrations by well-known bird artist Arthur Singer depict birds in their habitats, showing feather patterns and colors appropriate
to each season, sex, or age. Bird silhouettes, flight patterns, and
birds in flight are usually shown separately. This is a good working
guide, especially for beginners.