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The Birds of New Jersey:
Status and Distribution
William J. Boyle, Jr.
Kevin T. Karlson, photographic editor

Paperback | 2011 | $24.95 | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780691144108
352 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 202 color photos. 460 maps.
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New Jersey provides some of the most varied and exciting birding in North America, and more than 450 species have been recorded in the state. Yet there has been no comprehensive and readily available guide to the status and distribution of all these species--until now. The Birds of New Jersey is the most up-to-date and succinct guide for the birds of New Jersey and includes all species known to the state from historical times to the present. Featuring over 200 color photos of rarities and regular species, this book authoritatively provides individual entries that include a summary of status and seasonal distribution, and comments on changes over time. Detailed color-coded maps accompany species accounts, and for species recorded five or fewer times, dates and locations of each record are noted. The introduction examines the state's geography, the history of bird records, and background information to species accounts, and the extensive bibliography guides birders to original sources used in the book. This is the essential resource for birders, ornithologists, and nature enthusiasts interested in the birds of New Jersey and the greater surrounding region.

  • Most up-to-date status and distribution guide for New Jersey and surrounding region
  • All bird species known to the state
  • Species accounts describe the preferred habitat and abundance of species
  • Range maps in color detail seasonal distribution
  • For migratory birds, spring and fall migration times indicated
  • More than 200 color photographs of rare and common species


"Anyone who birds regularly in New Jersey or neighbouring states should not only study this book in depth but also keep it side by side with their standard field guide to Eastern North America. . . . The Birds of New Jersey is an object lesson in how to produce a book of this type. It is well researched, succinct but detailed, easily accessible and extremely logical in the arrangement of the information."--Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog

"After looking through The Birds of New Jersey: Status and Distribution by William J. Boyle, I was reminded of what a great state New Jersey is for birds. . . . The book is likely the best of its kind in presenting the birding locales, prevalence, and status of birds for a single state. It is easy to navigate and concise. For any birder living in, near, or visiting New Jersey, this is one book to have!"--Jerry Liguori, Utah Birders blog

"A must have for birders with an interest in the birds of New Jersey!"--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report

"Here is a beautiful book with a simple purpose, providing up to date status and distribution information for birds in New Jersey and the surrounding region. The Birds of New Jersey: Status and Distribution by William J. Boyle is a real winner in my book. It doesn't try to be a one stop bird book, rather it finds a small niche and really nails it."--Nemesis Bird

"This comprehensive but portable paperback will be the ideal accompaniment for any stay in the state, and records of species like Long-billed Curlew will excite the interest of the British rarity-hunter."--Birdwatch (UK)

"The Birds of New Jersey is a must for New Jersey birders. And it will be very useful for birders from other states or countries that visit the Garden State."--Fritz Brock, Wildlife Activist

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Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Physical Geography and Natural Regions of New Jersey 1
History 4
The New Jersey Bird Records Committee (NJBRC) 5
Criteria for Acceptance of Records of Review Species and New Species 6
Nomenclature 8
Species Accounts 8
Maps 9
Status and Abundance Terminology 10
Abbreviations 11
Glossary of Place Names 12
Pelagic Boundaries 13
Annotated List of Species 15
Appendix A: E xotics and Species of Uncertain Provenance or Status 273
Appendix B: N ot Accepted Species 275
Appendix C: List of NJBRC Review Species 277
Appendix D: I dentification Information for Captions by Kevin Karlson 279
Bibliography 283
Index 297

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