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There are many hummingbird books on the market and many are good. However, we feel that the below selection pretty much covers the gamut of hummingbird information. We have found a few others that we will add shortly.


Hummingbirds of North America

Quick Reference Publishing

Authors: Greg R. Homel

ISBN: 978-1-936913-42-8

Hummingbirds of North America is a quick and easy to use, light-weight, durable, all-weather field guide to the smallest, and some of the most colorful, popular, mysterious and alluring birds in North America— Hummingbirds. Over 100 stunning digital photographs depict every hummingbird species ever recorded in the United States and Canada. And just as importantly, each species is represented by a variety of images that show precisely which field marks to look for and how each may appear in the field at differing lighting angles.

Organized by region (Widespread, Eastern, Pacific States, Rockies and Montane West, Desert Southwest, U.S./Mexican Borderland, etc.), the guide immediately sets users in the right direction by narrowing down the possibilities while answering the pivotal question: “Which hummingbirds occur in my region?” Designed to satisfy the needs of birders of all interest levels—but especially beginning and intermediate users trying to make sense of it all—this beautiful and amazingly informative six-fold guide will be an indispensable companion on all outings.

This affordable guide will conveniently fit into any daypack, pocket or glove-compartment, facilitating easy field identification—whether in a home garden, on a family vacation, or a serious trip visiting all the best hummingbird hot spots within the United States and Canada.

Binding: laminated fold-out guide, 12 panels, full-color illustrations
Product Dimensions: 4" x 9-1/4" folded; 24-1/2" x 9-1/4" unfolded
Publisher: Quick Reference Publishing 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936913-42-8 $7.95
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Hummingbirds of North America

Having trouble identifying the hummers at your feeders? If you live in the west you can easily be confused by the females and juvenile hummingbirds. This handy guide may solve all your wondering(s).

  • Written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley, America's most widely respected bird illustrator and ornithologist.
  • All 19 species of hummingbirds- both common and rare-found in North America.
  • Includes captions which capture the gestalt of each species, detailed range maps, both in-flight and perched illustrations with call-outs.
  • Includes illustrated information on hummingbird behavior including flying and hovering, nesting, and feeding at backyard feeders.
  • Handy fold-out format: 6 panels each 4" X 9". Perfect for backpack, glove compartment, or kitchen table
  • Indestructible waterproof lamination. Instant access to just what you need to know
Binding: laminated fold-out guide, 12 panels, full-color illustrations
Product Dimensions:
4" x 9-1/4" folded; 24-1/2" x 9-1/4" unfolded
Publisher: Steven M. Lewers & Assoc; Chrt edition (June 2011)
ISBN: 9781935380566 $7.95
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Hummingbirds of North America

by Sheri Williamson

Covering 31 North American species, with more than 250 color photos and 33 maps, this is the most comprehensive field guide to hummingbirds. Introductory chapters cover the natural history of hummingbirds, ways to attract and feed them, and major hot spots in the United States and Canada for observing these fascinating birds.

The 31 color plates illustrate 28 species, 7 hybrid combinations, 3 forms of albinism, and 4 species of sphinx moths often mistaken for hummingbirds.

Species accounts provide in-depth information on plumage, molt, songs and calls, wing sounds, similar species, behavior, habitat, distribution, taxonomy, and conservation concerns. Detailed, up-to-date range maps show breeding, non-breeding, and year-round distribution, migration routes, and records outside expected areas of occurrence. For a few widespread migratory species, separate maps illustrate expected spring arrival dates

Turtleback/Flexibound: 275 pages
Product Dimensions: 4.75" x 7.5" Full-color photographs
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 10, 2002)
ISBN: 9780618024964 $19.99
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Do Hummerbirds Hum?

by George C. West & Carol A. Butler

Hummingbirds may be the smallest birds in the world, but they have the biggest appetites. Their wings flutter on average fifty to eighty times each second as they visit hundreds of flowers over the course of a day to sip the sweet nectar that sustains them. Their hearts beat nearly twelve hundred times a minute and their rapid breathing allows these amazing birds to sustain their unique manner of flight. They can hover in the air for prolonged periods, fly backwards using forceful wings that swivel at the shoulder, and dive at nearly two hundred miles per hour. Native only to the Americas, some hummingbirds have been known to migrate from Mexico to Alaska in the course of a season. Watching a hummingbird at a backyard feeder, we only see its glittering iridescent plumage and its long, narrow beak; its rapidly moving wings are a blur to our eyes.

These tiny, colorful birds have long fascinated birders, amateur naturalists, and gardeners. But, do they really hum?

In Do Hummingbirds Hum? George C. West, who has studied and banded over 13,500 hummingbirds in Arizona, and Carol A. Butler provide an overview of hummingbird biology for the general reader, and more detailed discussions of their morphology and behavior for those who want to fly beyond the basics. Enriched with beautiful and rare photography, including a section in vivid color, this engaging question and answer guide offers readers a wide range of information about these glorious pollinators as well as tips for attracting, photographing, and observing hummingbirds in the wild or in captivity.

Paperback: 208 pages
Product Dimensions: 5.5" x 8.5"
full-color & b&w photographs, full-color & b&w illustrations
Publisher: Rutgers University Press (March 4, 2010)
ISBN: 9780813547381 $18.66
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