Rare Birds of North America


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Author: Steve N. G. Howell, Ian Lewington, & Will Russell
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 6.7″ x 9.4″


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


  • One of The Seattle Times 8 Books to Put under a Bird-Lover’s Tree 2014
  • One of the StarTribune/Lifestyle’s Best Birding Books of 2014
  • One of the Birder’s Library Best Bird Books of 2014
  • One of the Birdbooker Report’s Best Bird Books of 2014

Reviews & Endorsements

“Birders thrill to see rarities. This superb book covers 262 rare species, featuring Ian Lewington’s unsurpassed artistry in 275 color plates. Species accounts discuss patterns of vagrancy, identification, seasons, regions, and migration.”Library Journal

“If you’re a serious birder, there should already be a slot for this book on your shelf, since no other guide has ever filled this niche. . . . With the help of this book, I might grab 15 minutes of fame for finding the next great rarity.”–Kirby Adams, National Parks Traveler
Rare Birds of North America is splendid. There is warmth and humor in the prose, and the color plates are stunning and will ensure a strong audience for many years to come. Such a book is long overdue for North American readers.”—Edward S. Brinkley, editor of North American Birds
“An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic.”—Paul Lehman, field guide consultant and bird tour leader

Author Information

Steve N. G. Howell is a research associate at PRBO Conservation Science and a staff leader with WINGS, an international bird tour company. His books include Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America (Princeton). Ian Lewington is one of the world’s finest bird illustrators. His books include Rare Birds of Britain and EuropeWill Russell is cofounder and managing director of WINGS.

Additional information

Weight2.1 lbs
Dimensions9.4 × 6.7 × 1.25 in

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