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Field Guide References for Bird Species

Online Guides

All About Birds - Bird Guide
Species accounts with images, sound, and video. Created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

BirdWeb by Seattle Audubon Society
Learn about the birds of Washington State

Birds of Washington by Dennis Paulson
List of all the bird species regularly reported in Washington state.

eNature: FieldGuides: Birds
Photos, sounds and fact sheets covering a variety of birds.

The Feather Atlas - Flight Feathers of North American Birds
High-resolution scans of flight feathers of major groups of North American birds as an aid to species identification.

WhatBird - Birds of North America
Sights and sounds of over 900 species of birds


Local Birds, Inc - Bird Guide
Colorful, conveniently folded, weather-resistant identification guides that provide locally accurate references to commonly seen Local Birds


Angel, T. and K. Balcolm. 1982. Marine Birds and Mammals of Puget Sound. University of Washington Press, Seattle.

Allen, T.B., and C. Hottenstein. 1987. A Field Guide to the Birds of North America. National Geographic Society: Washington, DC. 464 p.

Bellrose, F.C. 1980. Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America. Stackpole Books: Harrisburg, Pa. 540 p.

Clark, W.S. 1987. A Field Guide to Hawks of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 200p.

Ehrlich. P.R., D.S. Dobkin and D. Wheye. 1988. The Birder's Handbook. New York: Simon and Schuster. 786p.

Farrand, J. (ed.). 1983. The Audubon Society master Guide to Birding. New York: Knopf. 1200 p. (3 volumes).

Haley, D. (ed.). 1984. Seabirds of the Eastern North Pacific and Arctic Waters. Pacific Saerch Press, Seattle.

Harrison, P. 1983. Seabirds: An Identification Guide. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Hayman, P., J. Marchant and T. Prater. 1986. Shorebirds. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 416p.

Jewett S.G. 1953. Birds of Washington State. University of Washington: Seattle, Wa. 767p.

Kaufman, K. 1990. A Field Guide to Advanced Birding. Boston: Houghton MIfflin.

Larrison, E., and K.G. Sonnenberg. 1968. Washington Birds, Their Locations and Identification. Seattle Audubon Society: Seattle, Wa. 258 p.

National Geographic Society. 1987. Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Washington, D.C. National Geographic Society. 464 p.

Peterson, R.T. 1990. A Field Guide to Western Birds. Houghton MIfflin Co.: Boston. 432 p.

Robbins, C.S. B. Bruun, and H.S. Zinn. 1966. Birds of North America. New Golden Press. 340 p.

Wahl, T.R., and D.R. Paulson. 1981. A Guide to Bird Finding in Washington. Bellingham, Wa. 139 p.

Weber, J.W., and E. Larrison. 1977. Birds of Southeastern Washington: a Distributional Checklist. University of Idaho: Moscow. 66 p.