The Warbler Guide – book review

The Warbler Guide – book review

Written by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, with illustrations by Catherine Hamilton, The Warbler Guide by Princeton University Press is the “go-to” guide for identifying the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. Warblers are notoriously difficult to identify. These champion singers are small, hidden amongst the tree top canopy, flighty and dancing from branch to branch, with variegated coloring blending greens, yellows, reds, browns, and grays.

The Warbler Guide provides us a one-stop guide to identifying warblers throughout their ranges. Each warbler in the guide book is illustrated with plumage descriptions of immature and mature female and males accompanied by a depiction of their various song patterns. Each warbler is shown in different lighting scenarios—morning, noon, and dusk—demonstrating how their colorings change throughout the day. Similar warbler species are shown together to distinguish each species. Complete aging and sexing comparisons are discussed at length in the text.

The song comparisons between warbler species is exquisite with side-by-side vocalizations charts of similar species allowing for easier identification during spring and fall migrations. Vocalization libraries are provided for each species and each subspecies.

The Warbler Guide is an excellent companion text to carry in the car and have it home. It is most likely a little too heavy for some birdwatchers to use a text to carry in their backpacks.

The Warbler Guide is the complete compendium for North American warbler identification. The Warbler Guide is a necessary book for birdwatching aficionados who want to be able to understand how to more easily identify these singing minstrels of the forests.

Common yellowthroat warbler. Photo by: Scott Whittle.
Blackburnian warbler. Photo by: Scott Whittle.
Black-and-white warbler. Photo by: Scott Whittle.

How to order:

Paperback: The Warbler Guide
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Written by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, illustrations by Catherine Hamilton
ISBN: 9780691154824

This review was written for by Gabriel Thoumi, CFA,  a globally recognized international climate finance expert and natural resources scientist.

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