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“Undoubtedly the finest guide to North American birds.”—Guy McCaskie, Birding


The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds, First Edition quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation’s supreme and most comprehensive guide to birds. Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert, The Sibley Guide became the standard by which natural history guides are measured. The highly anticipated second edition builds on this foundation of excellence, offering massively expanded and updated information, new paintings, new and rare species, and a new, elegant design.


The second edition of this handsome, flexibound volume offers a wealth of improvements and updates:


• All illustrations reproduced 15 to 20 percent larger for better detail.

 

• Includes nearly 7,000 paintings digitally remastered from original art for enhanced print quality.

 

• Expanded text includes habitat information and voice description for every species and more tips on finding birds in the field.

 

• More than 600 new paintings, including illustrations of 115 rare species and additional paintings of common species and regional populations.

 

• More than 700 updated maps of ranges, showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges.

 

• 85 bird family pages now cross-referenced to species accounts.


• Revised taxonomic order and most current common names for every species.

The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition, brings the genius of David Allen Sibley to the world once again in a thoroughly updated and expanded volume that every birder must own.

About the Author

Artist, writer, and naturalist David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of a series of successful guides to nature, including the New York Times best-seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has traveled extensively throughout North America and abroad as a birding tour leader and lecturer. Sibley has contributed art and articles to Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, and North American Birds, and he wrote and illustrated a syndicated column for The New York Times. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Birding Association and the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Nature Calls
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Fourth printing, December 2017
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
Just to be clear on which printing of the second edition that is sold by Amazon now (Feb 2019), it is the "Fourth printing, December 2017". The images are 15% to 20% larger than those of the first edition. That was accomplished by reducing the page margins and by making... See more
Just to be clear on which printing of the second edition that is sold by Amazon now (Feb 2019), it is the "Fourth printing, December 2017". The images are 15% to 20% larger than those of the first edition. That was accomplished by reducing the page margins and by making the text smaller. The last numbered page is 598 which is 54 pages more than my first edition. However, both editions have the same dimensions because the pages are thinner in the second edition.
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Nick Day
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Errors, very light type, and "off" color plates in the March 2014 printing of the second edition.
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2018
Please be aware that you''re purchasing the March 2014 printing. This printing contains errors (according to some sources), color plates that are "off", and VERY light printing in over a great deal of the book. There was a corrected printing in July 2014, which I... See more
Please be aware that you''re purchasing the March 2014 printing. This printing contains errors (according to some sources), color plates that are "off", and VERY light printing in over a great deal of the book. There was a corrected printing in July 2014, which I believe corrected the errors, printing, and colors. Also be aware that there is a December 2015 printing which includes all corrections, plus added color plates which are 20% larger. Bad news is that the December 2015 printing will cost 40.00 versus the less than 20.00 that Amazon is charging for this edition. No wonder. I returned the March 2014 edition and Amazon refunded the cost. At this point, the only way to be assured you have a correct and current printing is to buy from a brick & mortar store and personally see that the printing is NOT the March 2014.
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Ryan W
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The second printing (July 2014) corrects color and print issues making this an excellent follow-up to the first edition.
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2014
**UPDATE 2** I have purchased the second printing of this second edition and I am very happy with the corrections. The richer colors add new life to Sibley''s paintings, the text is clear and easy to read and the layout is much improved. Page space is better utilized... See more
**UPDATE 2**
I have purchased the second printing of this second edition and I am very happy with the corrections. The richer colors add new life to Sibley''s paintings, the text is clear and easy to read and the layout is much improved. Page space is better utilized in this edition, allowing Sibley''s beautiful illustrations to take center stage. The only caution I add is that, to my knowledge, there is no way to know what printing of the second edition you are purchasing when ordering through Amazon.com.

**UPDATE**
The second printing has been released and should be available at brick & mortar book stores as well as a number of online stores. Hopefully Amazon will make a distinction between the first and second printings so that its customers can order the correct one. In case there is no way of knowing which printing you are buying from Amazon, I offer the following 2 options:

1) Go to a brick and mortar book store and physically purchase the guide. You will want to turn to the copyright page and look for "Second printing, July 2014". If it says "Second Edition, March 2014" then you are holding the first printing with the off colors and light font.

2) Go to an alternative online source such as Buteo Books, where the second printing is in stock, available for shipping and it is specified as the second printing. They even have the option to buy the first printing if one is so inclined.

When I obtain the second printing, I will update this review. So far, I have heard good things: the font is readable and the colors are more representative of what one would see in the field. I''m looking forward to this second printing!
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A very annoying feature of this guide is the font. Not the size necessarily, but where many of the bird illustrations are WAY too dark, the font is way too light and lacks contrast. I keep tilting the book to get a better angle as if the text is catching or reflecting light but it''s not. I have great eyesight, but I find the text a strain to read. Many of the birds are too dark and the colors are simply wrong. This shouldn''t be a matter of opinion. The book betrays itself with statements like "brilliant red" on the scarlet tanager when it''s obviously showing dark red; "flaming-orange throat" on the blackburnian when it''s dark orange; "bright orange-red bill (never as dark red as many Caspians)" on the royal tern, well it''s not bright and when you flip to the Caspian it''s almost the same color! The orange-crowned warbler is green, the hooded warbler has a highlighter-yellow face, the baltimore oriole''s orange is more like an american robin''s red and there are many more disappointments. Some of the bird''s faces are so dark that you can barely discern any detail. Sibley set the bar and his second edition does not measure up.

Update: Thank you to R. Matz for providing a link to an article from birdforum.net in which Sibley has stated in a Facebook correspondence "There are a few images (like the male Scarlet Tanager) that are obviously not OK and will be corrected in the next printing, but I think that involves a very small number of images. The font is another issue, and it''s clear that too many are finding it hard to read. Tests are already being done to find a way to fix that in the next printing."

Improving the readability of the text will be a major improvement. Along with the male Scarlet Tanager, I hope Sibley will fix color issues with the following birds:
- Eastern and Western Bluebirds (too dark)
- Orange-crowned Warbler (too green)
- Blackburnian Warbler (make the orange "flaming")
- Baltimore Oriole (brighten the orange)
- Lighten some of the birds on which the facial features cannot be discerned

I look forward to the next printing (which should be available this September)and the fixes it will offer. A "Thank you" to B. Walker for contacting Knopf to find out that a fix is in the works and that we should have a new print available to purchase by late Summer.
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Florida-Birder
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A must have guide for beginning and experienced birders. Still some color issues with printing.
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
Received Second Edition, Seventh Printing (March 2020). I have dozens of bird field guides and this is still one of the best. It is a must have for new and experienced birders alike. I bought this one to upgrade my well worn first edition (2001) that is starting to fall... See more
Received Second Edition, Seventh Printing (March 2020). I have dozens of bird field guides and this is still one of the best. It is a must have for new and experienced birders alike. I bought this one to upgrade my well worn first edition (2001) that is starting to fall apart after many years of hard use. The issue with the light print mentioned in other reviews seems to have been fixed. While some of the notes have quite small font, the color of the font is fine and I don''t have any issues with reading. My only knock is some of the color which is the only reason I am giving four starts. In most books, this wouldn''t be an issue, but for a bird book, color is important. I can''t comment on whether it has improved since the earlier printings of the second edition. I do notice that colors are less bright that my 2001 book. Yellows are less bright that the first edition and is noticeable on all Warblers and other yellow birds. I especially notice the orange and brown tones. The Wood Thrush (pg 434) is noticeably darker and shows less of the orange-warm tones that are typical for this bird; the bills on the Royal and Elegant Tern (pg 227) appear dark orange instead of the bright orange-red typical of these species; birds that are heavily barred seem to be overall darker than they should be (hawks, owls, woodpeckers). The color differences are not a major distraction and probably not noticeable to most users unless comparing to other guides or photos. This should not prevent you from buying this otherwise excellent guide. I share this in hope there is some feedback to the printer/publisher. The book is well constructed with a heavy glossy cover. It is a large book for home use and to keep in the car.
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Christopher Frick
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Fantastic illustrated field guide!
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2019
I recently picked up several field guides to help with bird IDs, and this one easily leads the pack! Having now spent some time with several different field guides, a) I''ve found I greatly prefer illustrated guides over photographic, and b) I understand why... See more
I recently picked up several field guides to help with bird IDs, and this one easily leads the pack!

Having now spent some time with several different field guides, a) I''ve found I greatly prefer illustrated guides over photographic, and b) I understand why Sibley''s is so highly-regarded in the birding community. The detail, side notes, and attempt to capture as many details as possible without being overwhelming makes this field guide both very user-friendly and very accurate for most typical birds.

While no field guide can capture every aspect of every single bird (especially tricky ones like flycatchers, shorebirds, or sometimes-highly-variable juvenile or breeding plumages), Sibley''s is better than anything else I''ve used when it comes to covering as many aspects of tricky birds as possible, and highlighting key marks that can be used to eliminate possibilities when nothing''s an exact match at first glance.
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Gerry Matthews
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Hefty Guide to Birding!
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2019
This is a comprehensive guide to North American birds and is filled with detailed information on bird physiognomy, migration ranges, habits, etc. The illustrations on feather placement on the different parts of passerines, shorebirds, ducks, and gulls and the molt and... See more
This is a comprehensive guide to North American birds and is filled with detailed information on bird physiognomy, migration ranges, habits, etc. The illustrations on feather placement on the different parts of passerines, shorebirds, ducks, and gulls and the molt and plumage changes that birds have through the seasons is interesting It has more information than I anticipated and is a great reference book to have in my library. It is a big book, weighing approximately 3 pounds and is roughly 6 ½ x 10” in size. Ideal for home use and not in the field, unless you don’t mind lugging it around. Highly Recommend!
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Absolutely fabulous bird guide, simply amazing
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2020
We’ve used the various Audubon field guide for birds for a lifetime. After seeing a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about Sibley, his paintings, and his books, I had to get one. Wow! What an absolutely fantastic guide to birds! There are pictures of the various life stages,... See more
We’ve used the various Audubon field guide for birds for a lifetime. After seeing a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about Sibley, his paintings, and his books, I had to get one. Wow! What an absolutely fantastic guide to birds! There are pictures of the various life stages, variations, mating plumage changes, the birds at rest and on the wing… so many views of each bird to make it so much easier to identify exactly what bird, gender, and age you are looking at. If I thought the article about his tenacious search to identify and paint birds was amazing, I am simply stunned and awed at what an awesome resource he has created for bird lovers, enthusiasts, and those of us who are rank amateurs. I cannot say enough good about this guide to express how impressed I am and how useful it is. Very, very pleased with this bird guide.

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Love this book!
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2021
This guide includes pretty much every bird you can reasonably expect to see in the US, and some you can''t. It even has a section for exotic parrots that people tend to keep, and many of the different sections have entries for rare migrants. There are birds in here with... See more
This guide includes pretty much every bird you can reasonably expect to see in the US, and some you can''t. It even has a section for exotic parrots that people tend to keep, and many of the different sections have entries for rare migrants. There are birds in here with range descriptions like "seen three times in the US", things that aren''t exactly likely to be seen. But they''ve been seen, so they''re in here. I love that. It means the bird I saw is pretty much guaranteed to be in here, so if nothing stands out at first, I should look through again.

The different sections have birds of similar appearances grouped together. That''s really helpful, because it makes it easier to compare the options directly. Each section starts with a page or two showing all the birds in that section compared to each other, with the females on display, since they''re harder to ID. Then each bird gets, on average, half a page vertically of its own. It shows male and female plumage, and usually the bird from multiple angles. Birds with more regional variation have more space, usually the full page. A few birds, like the fox sparrow, have two pages to themselves.

The illustrations are nice to look at, and are good to see all the details on. The book points out specific details for ID, and in many places, tells you how to figure out if your bird was one species or another, closely related species.

The type might be too small if you have older eyes. I''m not sure. My eyes are pretty good. I don''t think they could make the type much bigger, without sacrificing either layout, size of illustrations, or detail of text.

The only downside to this book is that it''s pretty heavy. It''s not anywhere naer pocket-sized. I''m sure either version of the half-a-country book would be much lighter, but I live in Texas, so neither of those would cover all the possibilities. So, I have a heavy book, because I wanted something thorough. I''d much rather have lots of detail and options, in a book I can''t bring along, than much more limited options in a book I can carry. I''ll take pictures and ID them at home, or flip through the book beforehand so I can try to recognize things later. The latter works better with more distinctive birds, though, like the black-throated sparrow. Its entry calls its markings "unmistakeable", and that''s real hard to argue with!

Anyway, get this guide. If you find yourself wanting a smaller, pocket guide, get a smaller guide also, and then you have this one for rarer or more unusual things that won''t be in the smaller guide.
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Helder Pais
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The book is amazing, is truly a bible for the birds of ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2015
Everything that you read about this book on Amazon.uk is true. The book is amazing, is truly a bible for the birds of north America. But the dark colours ruined all the excellent artist job done by David Sibley. There is already a second printing available that, for what I...See more
Everything that you read about this book on Amazon.uk is true. The book is amazing, is truly a bible for the birds of north America. But the dark colours ruined all the excellent artist job done by David Sibley. There is already a second printing available that, for what I read, resolved all the problems of the previous printing, but it''s impossible to know which one you gonna get when you''re ordering, if Amazon.uk doesn''t a separation between the two printings... it''s all a question of luck, on the end... Really bad job for the publisher... My advice: don''t buy this book if you''re not sure that is the second printing.
Everything that you read about this book on Amazon.uk is true. The book is amazing, is truly a bible for the birds of north America. But the dark colours ruined all the excellent artist job done by David Sibley. There is already a second printing available that, for what I read, resolved all the problems of the previous printing, but it''s impossible to know which one you gonna get when you''re ordering, if Amazon.uk doesn''t a separation between the two printings... it''s all a question of luck, on the end... Really bad job for the publisher... My advice: don''t buy this book if you''re not sure that is the second printing.
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Mr. D. Brown
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Birds
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 1, 2021
The finest book on all birds of USA
The finest book on all birds of USA
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Monique B.
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Illustrations too dark for some species
Reviewed in Canada on October 5, 2018
I bought second edition (4th printing) to replace my good old 1st edition (1st printing). I like the bigger drawings, the larger number of species shown and the information provided. What bothers me is the darkness of some illustrations, making them very different from real...See more
I bought second edition (4th printing) to replace my good old 1st edition (1st printing). I like the bigger drawings, the larger number of species shown and the information provided. What bothers me is the darkness of some illustrations, making them very different from real colors in nature. I won’t let go my 1st edition, I still need it for its better accuracy of colors.
I bought second edition (4th printing) to replace my good old 1st edition (1st printing). I like the bigger drawings, the larger number of species shown and the information provided. What bothers me is the darkness of some illustrations, making them very different from real colors in nature. I won’t let go my 1st edition, I still need it for its better accuracy of colors.
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Woby
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The professional, the passionate and the beginner will find their answers to their enigmas.
Reviewed in Canada on November 19, 2018
Here is the 2nd edition, of 2014, in 4th reprint (1st Ed, 2000) Sibley is for me the Birdwatcher Bible eager to identify the right bird, with the right name. The print quality is optimal. A book always useful! ... The professional, the passionate and the beginner will find...See more
Here is the 2nd edition, of 2014, in 4th reprint (1st Ed, 2000) Sibley is for me the Birdwatcher Bible eager to identify the right bird, with the right name. The print quality is optimal. A book always useful! ... The professional, the passionate and the beginner will find their answers to their enigmas.
Here is the 2nd edition, of 2014, in 4th reprint (1st Ed, 2000)
Sibley is for me the Birdwatcher Bible eager to identify the right bird, with the right name.
The print quality is optimal. A book always useful! ... The professional, the passionate and the beginner will find their answers to their enigmas.
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Diego Alvarado
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Increíble Guía!
Reviewed in Mexico on November 19, 2020
Para el caso de México, no tiene todas las especies, aunque si tiene una muy buena parte,, además de tener a los grupos más difíciles de identificar, como los mosqueros. Las imágenes y descripciones detalladas sobre las características físicas y de conducta de las especies,...See more
Para el caso de México, no tiene todas las especies, aunque si tiene una muy buena parte,, además de tener a los grupos más difíciles de identificar, como los mosqueros. Las imágenes y descripciones detalladas sobre las características físicas y de conducta de las especies, ayudan mucho a identificar a las aves. Una guía que no debe faltar en tu inventario si gustas de observar aves o te dedicas a la identificación en campo de este grupo.
Para el caso de México, no tiene todas las especies, aunque si tiene una muy buena parte,, además de tener a los grupos más difíciles de identificar, como los mosqueros. Las imágenes y descripciones detalladas sobre las características físicas y de conducta de las especies, ayudan mucho a identificar a las aves. Una guía que no debe faltar en tu inventario si gustas de observar aves o te dedicas a la identificación en campo de este grupo.
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