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BOOK REVIEW: Birds of Arizona by Rick Taylor

By Matt Griffiths Anyone familiar with Rick Taylor’s excellent Birds of Southeastern Arizona will recognize the similarities and find his new and equally excellent Birds of Arizona very easy to use and glean information from. And information you will find! The Morse series of guide books are small and meant to be taken in the field, even in your pocket if it’s large enough. But this doesn’t mean they skimp on the details. Picking up this new book, you can feel its density, and you know you’re holding a treasure trove of info. Open it up, and you’ll find a colorful world of maps, images, and color-coding that makes this book a joy to use. Birds of Arizona is a great guide for new and long-time birders alike. The beginning of the book provides a perfect introduction to birdwatching, the parts of a bird, and the varying habitat types found in Arizona (and key birds that can be found in each) that I'm sure even some seasoned birders will find helpful. Taylor has revolutionized the u

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