Our new The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America, the number 1 best-selling new bird guide, gives MORE photos and text for hard-to-identify species because that is what birders want and need. So the Cape May Warbler has 8 photos and 2 pages of text and shows the different sexes and ages in different seasons.
There are 23 photos and 4 pages for the Red-tailed Hawk because it has many subspecies and morphs that occur in different parts of the country.
In the front there is a flap that is a quick alphabetical index that helps you quickly find a bird. There is also a different color code bar, below each page, for each groups of birds.
The section on gulls has the most thorough clues of any national field guide and shows all the ages of each species of gull, both standing and in flight.
Under the back flap you will find photos with all the parts of a bird labeled. You will learn what "secondary coverts" and "auricular" mean, if you don't already know.
There are 8 photos for Short-billed Dowitcher in the extensive and thorough shorebird section, covering different ages and subspecies.
The Stokes Field Guide to Birds of North America is more complete than other guides and covers over 100 more rare American Birding Association checklist species than Sibley, Peterson, and all the other photo guides. The Stokes guide has been getting rave reviews and called "a strong candidate for the title of best field guide ever." It's now available nationwide for holiday gift-giving online and in your local stores. At our book signings all ages and levels of bird watchers have been buying it.