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Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia:
A Photographic Guide
Richard Chandler

Paperback | 2009 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691142814


Shorebirds are prized among birders for their stunning plumages, evocative calls and songs, extensive migration patterns, and the unique challenges they pose for identification. Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia is an illustrated guide to all 134 shorebird species found in the Northern Hemisphere, written by one of the world's leading shorebird experts. It features more than 850 stunning color photographs and a color distribution map for every species. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, age and sex differences, variations in plumage, similar species, status, habitat, and distribution. This easy-to-use guide also includes comprehensive primers on plumage patterns and terminology, molting, feeding and other behaviors, and much more. This premier illustrated guide is suitable for field use and a must-have for armchair naturalists.

  • Covers all 134 shorebird species found in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Features more than 850 color photographs that make identification easy
  • Includes detailed species accounts that describe key identification features, status, habitat, distribution, and more
  • Provides a full-color distribution map for every species


"Birders, long in need of a global shorebird field guide, can safely replace three or four other volumes with Chandler's comprehensive new volume. A member of the editorial board for British Birds magazine, Chandler (North American Shorebirds) is a bona-fide expert who puts all his research and experience to use. The photos are ideal, with excellent contrast between birds and their backgrounds, bringing even the most camouflaged color schemes to vivid realization. . . . Each species is accompanied by a seasonal distribution map, and a thorough bibliography and index backs up clearly written text. Tiny type size aside, the book's layout and typeface make for easy reading, even under poor light conditions, making this a highly practical, benchmark guide."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Sharp, well-chosen photos."--Matt Mendenhall, Birder's World

"An excellent addition to any shorebirder's library. . . . The magic of Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia lies in how the procession of northern hemisphere shorebirds plays out, a continuum that blends American into European into Asian species until at last one understands the bigger picture of birds of the shore."--10,000

"Chandler's book incorporates outstanding photographs of each species in most of their plumages. . . . His text is quite detailed and scientific. . . . This book is invaluable and extremely useful in the field."--Wayne Mones, Audubon Magazine blog

"Birders with a special interest in shorebirds will want to get this new guide."--Federick Brock, Wildlife Activist

"Beautiful and well-designed. . . . Of all the various field guides I have ever seen, these . . . are by far the best."--James Swan,

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