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Bird and Birding Book Reviews

From fiction to nonfiction, adventure to mystery, there are hundreds of entertaining and educational books about birds. These book reviews cover a wide range of books on all birding-related topics, from conservation to trivia to how-to books perfect for any type of birder.
  1. Birding Fiction (9)
  2. How-To Books (11)

National Geographic Guide to Birding Hot Spots of the United States
Where should you go birding today? For birders in the U.S., "National Geographic Guide to Birding Hot Spots of the United States" can help answer that question, with information about more than 500 great birding destinations in the United States. Find your next birding hotspot with this convenient guide!

The Armchair Birder: Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds
How well do you know your most common backyard birds? You may discover more than you think in "The Armchair Birder: Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds" (2009).

The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal
Take a birding beach break with "The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal" (2012), a colorful anthology of detailed essays that explore familiar shorebirds and waders, often revealing unfamiliar and fascinating details about these unique birds.

Audubon's Aviary
For an insightful look at the artwork of John James Audubon, birders can't do better than "Audubon's Aviary" with its luxurious photographs of all of Audubon's original watercolors, and the book's insightful essays and other information paint just as detailed a picture of Audubon himself.

Backyard Birding For Kids: A Field Guide & Activities
Get kids into both reading and birding with "Backyard Birding For Kids: A Field Guide & Activities" (2005). An ideal introductory book for beginning readers and beginning birders, this colorful book is filled with projects and tips to turn even the youngest reader into an enthusiastic birder.

100 Birds to See Before You Die
If you could only see 100 bird species, which ones would you choose? 100 Birds to See Before You Die is the ultimate guide to some of the world's most amazing species and can inspire you to enjoy all the diversity of the world's birds.

Beautiful Owls
What's the best view you've ever had of an owl? The portraits in Beautiful Owls are sure to be even better, with stunning clarity and crisp detail, as well as detailed text about some of the world's most attractive nocturnal raptors.

Birding the Border
Get inspired to go birding in the Rio Grande Valley with this collection of birding essays focused on south Texas.

The Big Year
Could you go birding for an entire year? Would it be worth it? Those are the issues confronted in "The Big Year" (2004) by Mark Obmascik, the fascinating story of the 1998 big year competition between three of North America's top birders.

Book review of "Birdology" (2010) by Sy Montgomery.

Birdwatcher: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson
Review of "Birdwatcher: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson" (2010) by Elizabeth J. Rosenthal, an intriguing biography of one of the most well known birders in history.

Do Hummingbirds Hum
If you have a question about hummingbirds, "Do Hummingbirds Hum: Fascinating Answers to Questions about Hummingbirds" has the answer you're looking for, and more. With more than 80 questions and extremely detailed answers, this book is a must-read for hummingbird lovers.

Book Review: First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story
Book review of “First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story” (2006) by Noriko and Don Carroll.

The Great Penguin Rescue
Review of "The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World's Largest Animal Rescue" (2010) by Dyan deNapoli.

Book Review: Life List
Book review of Life List (2009) by Olivia Gentile.

The North American Bird Coloring Book
Book review of "The North American Bird Coloring Book" (2010) by Sally MacLarty and David Hutley.

Looking for a resource for all things penguin? Look no further than "Penguin-Pedia" (2011), a comprehensive encyclopedia of penguin species, history, ranges and more, including travel tips to see penguins.

Review of the book "Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan… And the World" (2008) by Courtney Humphries.

Tea With Lady Sapphire: Sharing the Love of Birds
Have you shared tea with winter birds? Learn how to set up a winter feeding station to do just that in this charming picture book.

Book Review: Wesley the Owl
Book review of “Wesley the Owl” (2008) by Stacey O’Brien.

Winging It: A Memoir of a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me
If you've ever wondered what life would be like living with a wild bird full time, "Winging It: A Memoir of a Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined to Kill Me" can give you an intimate look at the trials and tribulations of parrothood.

Book Review: A Year on the Wing
Book review of “A Year on the Wing” (2009) by Tim Dee.

DVD Review: First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story
Review of the DVD "First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story" (2009) by Noriko and Don Carroll. The DVD is a companion to the same-titled book, or it can be viewed alone.

Book Review: Flyaway
Book review of “Flyaway” (2009) by Suzie Gilbert.

Peregrine Falcon
Get all the advantages of intimate knowledge of decades of raptor research in Peregrine Falcon by Patrick Stirling-Aird, without spending decades in the field, and enjoy stunning photography of these amazing raptors.

GQ GQ. Where Are You?
Introduce young children to Gambel's quail with "GQ GQ. Where Are You?" (2013), a colorful and informational picture book. An included CD features both sing-a-long and read-a-long versions, and the book includes activity and further study suggestions.

The Lens and The Land
Explore the beauty of south Texas birds and other wildlife in The Lens and The Land, the winning photos from the 1998 Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest, and learn more about these innovative contests and how they are protecting the region's unique natural resources.

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