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Guide to Birds of North America (Anglais) Relié – 1 janvier 1966


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  • Relié
  • Editeur : Golden Books Publishing Company (1966)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0307470024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307470027
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,3 x 12,4 x 2,5 cm
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Par 2nimm TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS on 18 août 2011
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
livre broché souple format poche ancien datant de 1966 permettant l'identification de de la majeure partie des 645 espèces nord-américaines (USA+CND); après une quinzaine de pages d'introduction chaque espèce est décrite par un très court article à raison de 3. à 6 par double page; sur la page de gauche, chacun de ces articles, non systématisés et sans chiffres, est accompagné d'une carte de répartition en couleur et, fait très original parmi la concurrence, d'un sonogramme; la page de droite est consacrée aux gravures couleur montrant les espèces correspondantes dans des situations variées; de temps à autres, une planche comparative permet de différencier des espèces voisines (par exemple des têtes de fauvettes); liste de contrôle en fin d'ouvrage; très joli petit guide d'identification qui en impose, malgré son âge, grâce à ses magnifiques illustarions; les descriptifs sont en revanche un peu légers; à défaut de trouver plus moderne, il peut sans rougir être glissé dans vos bagages avant de prendre l'avion
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Par 2nimm TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS on 26 janvier 2011
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guide complet mais ancien; textes succincts avec planches en regard et cartes de répartition;
très bon achat en seconde main
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Par 2nimm TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS on 26 janvier 2011
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
livre broché souple format poche ancien datant de 1966 permettant l'identification de de la majeure partie des 645 espèces nord-américaines (USA+CND); après une quinzaine de pages d'introduction chaque espèce est décrite par un très court article à raison de 3. à 6 par double page; sur la page de gauche, chacun de ces articles, non systématisés et sans chiffres, est accompagné d'une carte de répartition en couleur et, fait très original parmi la concurrence, d'un sonogramme; la page de droite est consacrée aux gravures couleur montrant les espèces correspondantes dans des situations variées; de temps à autres, une planche comparative permet de différencier des espèces voisines (par exemple des têtes de fauvettes); liste de contrôle en fin d'ouvrage; très joli petit guide d'identification qui en impose, malgré son âge, grâce à ses magnifiques illustarions; les descriptifs sont en revanche un peu légers; à défaut de trouver plus moderne, il peut sans rougir être glissé dans vos bagages avant de prendre l'avion
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101 internautes sur 102 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A classic updated, but on the cheap 17 avril 2001
Par Douglas A. Greenberg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The Golden field guide, *Birds of North America* has been a favorite companion for countless birders since it was first published in the late 1960's. It has the virtues of being nationally comprehensive, easy to follow (illustrations, maps, songs, and descriptions are provided on the same two pages), and perhaps best of all, small enough to carry in a jacket pocket. It also uses an interesting and highly useful visual "sonagram" approach to conveying information about bird vocalizations.
Unfortunately, however, the ornithological powers that be are constantly lumping and splitting species, rendering field guides at least somewhat obsolete overnight. Consequently, these books must be updated periodically so as to be optimally useful to birders. The Golden guide was last updated during the 1980s, and was long overdue for a makeover.
Happily, this has finally been provided. And indeed, this revised version of the guide is (for the moment) up to date regarding the various lumps and splits that have gone into effect over the past decade. Some of the "splits" are fully illustrated, as with the Canyon vs. California (formerly Brown) towhee. Some, however, are only mentioned in the text, and sometimes all too briefly. It's probably ok not to have a separate illustration of the smaller Gunnison species of the Sage grouse, but a separate illustration of the California gnatcatcher surely should have been provided. Similarly, the somewhat larger and brighter Island scrub jay should have been depicted separately from its relatives the scrub and Florida jays.
Certainly, the publishers of this revised version of the Golden guide have made an earnest effort to provide an updated and attractive entry into the increasingly crowded birding field guide competition. They have included, for example, some new plates illustrating the various introduced parrot species and some (surely not all) of the Eurasian vagrants that are reported in Alaska and along the west coast. There also is a fine illustration comparing the tail feather patterns of both common and accidental pipit species.
However, it seems apparent that the update to this guide was done on a fairly tight budget. Most disappointing is the sometimes mediocre reproduction of what otherwise are fine color illustration plates. Particularly in the shorebird, gull, and tern sections, the quality is simply not first-rate. Apparently sloppy reproduction work also can lead to some misleading visual information. For example, based upon the illustrations of the loon species, one might conclude that the summer Pacific loon has a greenish throat patch while that of the Arctic loon is purplish.
Still, overall, I have always liked this field guide simply because it is so very easy to carry and to use. Consequently, whereas other larger, heavier volumes may be what I study while preparing for a day in the field, the Golden guide provides me with the quick reference I might need while out in the field. As a handy pocket reference, I would continue to recommend that birders consider purchasing this field guide in its updated version.
46 internautes sur 46 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2001 Edition -- Updated but we hoped for more 21 août 2001
Par M. Mcclain - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I have carried the older edition of this bird book for a number of years, and purchased this new one as the old one had become so dog eared as to be embarassing. Also we knew that many species ranges were changing, and wanted to be up to date on that information. The new edition has the same format (down to the exact page) as the previous, and same illustrations. The many advantages of this guide include:
1) It has every bird you are likely to see in North America 2) Everything about a species is on one page, including illustration, description, range map, and sonogram of song (for many species) 3) Nice comparison charts of similar and confusing species 4) Range maps include migration date lines 5) True pocket size -- you will carry this book with you in the field!
The new edition also has updated nomenclature for species that the bird expert powers-that-be keep changing on us. It also has updated range maps for those species whose ranges are changing. It is printed on a slicker stock than the previous (only time will tell if this is better). It also has a new "quick" index which is handy for locating birds by generic name (crows).
But there are some disappointments.
1) It is probably 95% a reprint of the previous edition, both with respect to descriptions and (particularly) illustrations 2) The little check boxes to mark off birds you have seen are missing from the new edition -- surely that was an oversight(?) 3) They did not correct the one thing that was a true weakness of the previous edition, that the range maps are small and rather difficult to interpret. How much easier it would be if the US state borders were overprinted on these little range maps (or for that matter Canadian provinces and Mexican states)???
But of course, it is still our favorite -- if you have only one bird book, and you want to carry it in your pocket, this is the one to buy.
31 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great artwork, presentation, and value 14 avril 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
How they can sell this book at such a low price is beyond me. Lots of quality here.
Look at the cover with the buntings: it's not just some recycled art from the interior, but a specially painted picture just for the cover. This is part of the value that the authors offer you.
More importantly, the illustrations really capture what the birds look like in real life -- to my mind better than other paintings in guides and a thousand times better than photos -- and the text is clear and to the point.
Sections that showcase winter plumage of gulls or peeps or that illustrate the heads of warblers or sparrows have the page numbers right next to each picture so you can just whip over to bird in question if you need more information.
I especially like the fact that the range maps are right next to the bird's picture so you don't have to thumb to some inconvenient map index the back of the book only to find that the bird is never present in your area. Everything is right there to help you make a quick identification.
18 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Unbeatable Value 25 décembre 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
There are bigger and more expensive bird guides but none pack as much information into such a portable, easy to use, inexpensive book as this. I've used it as a casual birder for several years. Among my favorite features are the taxonomic indicators (blue squares and circles indicating Order, Family and Sub Family or Genus), little bits of natural history (that some advanced guides assume you already know) and comparison silhouettes. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a first bird guide.
47 internautes sur 56 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A relic 6 septembre 2004
Par Carpalis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I birded with this book for years, not replacing it until 1983 and the arrival of NatGeo. Unfortunately, the two 'updates' it has undergone in the last twenty years are barely cosmetic, and the book is now embarrassingly outmoded even for beginners, who would be much better served by Sibley or Kaufman.
The thorough criticisms in Rich Stallcup's "Birds for Real," which appeared as a response to the first revision of the Golden Guide, remain valid. There are still a great many birds that will be simply unidentifiable using this guide; there is no excuse, for example, for not having the shorebird plates repainted to include the distinct juvenal plumages of the small Calidris, for example.
If you want a one-volume guide for use in the field, choose the Eastern or Western Sibley, the most sophisticated and most informative American field guides available. If your ambitions are more limited, if you are a 'backyard birder' or a 'feederwatcher' or just don't care about anything brown or far away, you will be very happy with Kenn Kaufman's "Focus Guide," with its accurate but brief texts and realistic illustrations.
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