Rare Birds of North America is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the vagrant birds that occur throughout the United States and Canada. Featuring 275 stunning color plates, this book covers 262 species originating from three very different regions--the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world's oceans. It explains the causes of avian vagrancy and breaks down patterns of occurrence by region and season, enabling readers to see where, when, and why each species occurs in North America. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, taxonomy, age, sex, distribution, and status. Rare Birds of North America provides unparalleled insights into vagrancy and avian migration, and will enrich the birding experience of anyone interested in finding and observing rare birds. Covers 262 species of vagrant birds found in the United States and Canada Features 275 stunning color plates that depict every species Explains patterns of occurrence by region and season Provides an invaluable overview of vagrancy patterns and migration Includes detailed species accounts and cutting-edge identification tips
Howell, Steve N. G.
Rare birds of North America
Princeton, New Jersey :, Princeton University Press,, 
xviii, 428 pages :,color illustrations, color maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility:
Steve N.G. Howell, Ian Lewington, and Will Russell
What is a 'rare bird' - and when and whence?
Migration and vagrancy in birds
Where do North American vagrants come from?
Topography, molt, and aging
Gulls and terns
Raptors and owls
Appendix A. Species new to North America, fall 2011-summer 2012
Appendix B. Species of hypothetical occurrence
Appendix C. Birds new to North America, 1950-2011
Branch Call Number:
598.097 H8595r 2014
Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-423) and index
Rare birds North America Geographical distribution
Rare birds North America Identification