The Warbler Guide

The Warbler Guide

Book - 2013
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Princeton University Press

Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. This groundbreaking guide features more than 1,000 stunning color photos, extensive species accounts with multiple viewing angles, and an entirely new system of vocalization analysis that helps you distinguish songs and calls.

The Warbler Guide revolutionizes birdwatching, making warbler identification easier than ever before. For more information, please see the author videos on the Princeton University Press website.

  • Covers all 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada
  • Visual quick finders help you identify warblers from any angle
  • Song and call finders make identification easy using a few simple questions
  • Uses sonograms to teach a new system of song identification that makes it easier to understand and hear differences between similar species
  • Detailed species accounts show multiple views with diagnostic points, direct comparisons of plumage and vocalizations with similar species, and complete aging and sexing descriptions
  • New aids to identification include song mnemonics and icons for undertail pattern, color impression, habitat, and behavior
  • Includes field exercises, flight shots, general identification strategies, and quizzes
  • A complete, page-by-page audio companion to all of the 1,000-plus songs and calls covered by the book is available for purchase and download from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library by using the link at

Book News
The Warbler Guide is an encyclopedic tour-de-force which simplifies warbler watching and offers new information that makes the notoriously elusive birds much easier to find and identify. Stephenson and Whittle aim to facilitate the identification of warblers and improve the past-time of bird-watching. In 559 pages, there are nearly 400 pages of species accounts, including similar non-warbler species and hybrid warblers. Among others, there are chapters on what to notice on a warbler, how to listen to warbler songs, and aging and sexing warblers. Color photos show full body and undertails, and song sonograms help to identify the birds. They present a brand-new system of vocalization analysis. Icons give shape and color as well as map range and type of habitat. There are photos of birds in flight and typical behaviors. Touted as the "Warbler Bible," it is the definitive text for bird-watchers. There is a glossary, resources, photo credits, and more than 1,000 color photos, and charts and finding guides. Publication will be followed by the release of a companion app with audio files for the 2014 spring migration. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780691154824
Characteristics: 560 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Whittle, Scott


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