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Since its first publication in October 2000, the Kaufman Guide has been widely hailed as the best field guide to recommend to new birders. Everything about its compact size, straightforward layout, clear illustrations, detailed maps, and engaging text has been consciously designed to make the first steps in bird identification as easy as possible, so that beginners can get straight to the enjoyment of birds.

  • Compact but complete, covering every species of bird found regularly in North America
  • Clear, vibrant pictures, in digital images based on photos, for the most accurate and lifelike illustrations available
  • Species are arranged by appearance, not by scientific sequence, so that similar birds are close together for easy comparison
  • Lively, informative text describes the habitat, behavior, and identification of every bird
  • Detailed range maps show where each bird is common or rare
  • Illustrations, maps, and text are all visible at a glance in facing-page format
  • "Pictorial Table of Contents" makes it easy for even first-time birders to put each bird in the right group
  • Color tabs help with navigating to the right section
  • Quick one-page index in the back makes it easy to look things up quickly
  • Full index doubles as a checklist for tallying your life list


The most user-friendly guide ever published. -  Bill Thompson III, editor, Bird Watcher's Digest

Kaufman's [Birds of North America] comes with a technological breakthrough...the results are clear, colorful, and impressive. - Paul Gray (Time Magazine )

If you buy only one guide to the birds of this continent, this is the book. - Mark Wilson (Boston Globe )

"Wow! Bird identification made easy by Kenn Kaufman. This first Focus

Guide will open to everyone the wonderful world of birds, starting with

their names and their beauty. The novel and exciting presentation will,

I predict, spark an explosion of interest in birds and their

conservation." - Frank Gill, director of science, National Audubon


KENN KAUFMAN is a legend among birders. A field editor for AUDUBON and a regular contributor to every major birding magazine, he is the youngest person ever to receive the Ludlow Griscom Award, the highest honor of the American Birding Association. His natural history pursuits have taken him to all seven continents, but he has made a special study of North American birds. His books include Kingbird Highway, Lives of North American Birds, the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding, in addition to originating the Kaufman Field Guide series, which includes books on birds, butterflies, mammals, and insects. He resides in Rocky Ridge, Ohio.
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