Paper pub. date
January 2009
ISBN 9780870715716 (paperback)
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 328 pages. Maps. Charts. Color photographs and art.

Handbook of Oregon Birds

A Field Companion to Birds of Oregon

Hendrik G. Herlyn and Alan L. Contreras
Illustrations by [[Ramiel Papish]].

Handbook of Oregon Birds is a portable, field-friendly guide to the seasonal status and distribution of Oregon birds.

A condensation of the status and distribution material from Birds of Oregon: A General Reference, the definitive source for Oregon ornithology, the book provides a quick but detailed field reference for birders who want to know a bird’s status, seasonal patterns of occurrence, basic habitat information, and movements. The Handbook also includes comprehensive new breeding and winter maps, as well as the most up-to-date status of vagrants, displaying their seasonality and geographic occurrence in graphs and maps.

Although not an introductory identification book, Handbook of Oregon Birds includes many features that newer birders will appreciate, including the maps, short summaries, and ID notes for difficult-to-identify species. A specially commissioned set of paintings by wildlife artist Ramiel Papish and a selection of color photographs provide identification aids that are an improvement on standard field guides for such challenges as flying alcids and immature swallows.

About the author

Hendrik G. Herlyn works as a field biologist and as a freelance translator and writer in the fields of ornithology, forestry, and natural science. He is a contributor to Birds of Oregon and to Oregon Birds and American Birds magazines and past field notes editor for the Audubon Society of Corvallis. A native of Germany, he has lived and birded in Oregon for more than twenty years. He has participated in ornithological projects in both Europe and North America. He lives in Florence, Oregon.

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ALAN L. CONTRERAS, now retired from a career in higher education, is a writer, editor, and birder. His numerous books include Birds of Oregon: A General Reference and Afield: Forty Years of Birding the American West.

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