Hello Nerd Birders! I have another wonderful guide book to tell you about. Like the Birds of Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Central and West Pacific Princeton Guide, this guide, Birds of North America and Greenland by Norman Arlott is an excellent hand guide for birds in North America and Greenland. It features the same type of amazing illustrations of the various birds on the right side pages and the descriptions on the left. Each bird is identified by its multiple names, where it can be found, when it can be found there, its habitat, its specific calls/songs, distinguishing characteristics and a colorful illustration of each particular bird.
Like the other books in this series, Birds of North America and Greenland is made with water resistant paper and is small enough to tote around with you, should you wish to do so. It still has an amazing amount of information in it, covering over 900 species of birds. It even features every type of plumage in males, females and juveniles which is very useful when identifying birds. Female birds can often look like different species of birds altogether, to the untrained eye. And let’s face it, we all can use a good guide to remind us or help us identify the fairer sex birds or the young. The introduction is succinct and informative. It includes a simple to follow distribution map and bird topography diagram to help identify various parts of the bird. This is useful when trying to identify various species.
There are a couple of differences between the Birds of North America and Greenland and Birds of Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Central and West Pacific. In the North America and Greenland guide the small illustrated distribution map on each page is on the inside of the left pages (see above), instead of on the outside (see picture in my review for the other guide here). I think I preferred it on the outside, like in the Hawaii guide. This guide also is much more succinct. I suppose it would need to be to cover the vast number of bird species it must cover. It is far less wordy and this is actually preferable to me.
All-in-all, another fantastic guide book for any level of bird lover.