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David Allen Sibley
David Allen Sibley

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David Allen Sibley began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. Since 1980 he has traveled throughout the North American continent studying the natural world, both on his own and as a leader of bird-watching tours. This intensive travel and study culminated in the publication of his comprehensive guide to bird identification, The Sibley Guide to Birds, followed by The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, Sibley’s Birding Basics, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, and The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 29, 2003
Price: $19.95

The Sibley Guide to Birds has quickly become the new standard of excellence in bird identification guides, covering more than 810 North American birds in amazing detail. Now comes a new portable guide from David Sibley that every birder will want to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this new... Read more >

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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 29, 2003
Price: $19.95

The Sibley Guide to Birds has quickly become the new standard of excellence in bird identification guides, covering more than 810 North American birds in amazing detail. Now comes a new portable guide from David Sibley that every birder will want to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this new... Read more >

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The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 28, 2009
Price: $39.95

“Once in a great while, a natural history book changes the way people look at the world. In 1838, John ames Audubon’s Birds of America was one...In 1934, Roger Tory Peterson produced Field Guide to the Birds...Now comes The Sibley Guide to Birds.”

Thus did The New York Times, in 1999, greet... Read more >

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The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $40.00

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

The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000 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... Read more >

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The Sibley Guide to Trees

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $39.95

David Allen Sibley, the preeminent bird-guide author and illustrator, now applies his formidable skills of identification and illustration to the trees of North America.

Monumental in scope but small enough to take into the field, The Sibley Guide to Trees is an astonishingly elegant guide to a complex subject. It condenses a... Read more >

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Sibley's Birding Basics

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 1, 2002
Price: $15.95

“I wrote and illustrated this book to help every inquisitive birder, from novice to expert. Whether you can identify six birds or six hundred, you’ll be a better birder if you have a grounding in the real nuts and bolts of what birds look like, and your skills will be even... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Sibley's Birding Basics

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: eBook, 168 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 18, 2008
Price: $13.99

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