Great Books for the Bird Lover

shelved under Hobbies and Nature

From its humble beginning with John James Audubon's drawings to the modern National Geographic guide, here's a collection of writings and stunning photographs that delve deeper into the lives of birds.  From egg to flight, soar into the world of our feathered friends.


Audubon: Early Drawings

by Leslie A. Morris, Richard Rhodes, John James Audubon, edited by Scott V. Edwards

These early drawings, held by the Houghton Library and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, are published in this book for the first time. The 116 color drawings are enhanced by narratives by Richard Rhodes, Audubon's biographer, and ornithological commentary by Scott V. Edwards.


The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

by Mark Obmascik

The North American Big Year is a birding contests that requires the contestants to race around North America and see who can locate and identify the most bird species in a year. Mark Obmascik, a Denver Post journalist, tells the story of 3 contestants in this extreme race around the continent. This is a compelling book that gives the reader an inside peek into a different aspect of birding.


Bird Songs From Around the World: Featuring Songs of 200 Birds from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

by Les Beletsky

These bird songs were collected at the world-renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The built-in audio player allows the reader to listen to the song of every bird included in this remarkable collection. What a fun way to learn bird songs!


Egg & Nest

by Rene Corado, Bernd Heinrich, Rosamond Purcell, Linnea S. Hall

These beautiful photographs reminds the reader what it was like to be lifted up by an adult and peering into your first bird's nest and seeing that first gorgeous, insanely blue robin's egg. Beautiful book.


Lives of North American Birds

by Kenn Kaufman

This well-organized tome (704 pages) has it all-excellent information, gorgeous photographs, and great readability.


The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

by Jonathan Alderfer, Jon L. Dunn

This comprehensive, well-organized book is filled with great descriptions and is the perfect size to carry into the field.


Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park

by Marie Winn

Wall Street Journal nature columnist Marie Winn tells the story of a pair of red-tailed hawks who courted, mated and raised their young in New York City's Central Park. Marie Winn also weaves into her story the antics of the many birdwatchers who came to love Pale Male and Lola, as well as information on other birds who frequent the park. I was happily surprised to learn of the abundance of wildlife that calls the park home. Nice read for the birder and non-birder alike.


The Sibley Guide to Birds

by David Allen Sibley

This incredibly remarkable bird identification book is simply a must-have for anyone who has any interest in birds. I've had mine since publication and I use it all of the time, and I have given out copies as gifts.