The first book of its kind to be published for the Bluegrass State, The Birds of Kentucky is designed to provide an accurate and scientifically rigorous description of all the species of birds found in Kentucky. This comprehensive guide features a wealth of information, including abundance records, migration dates, and additional reference material, and indicates whether a bird is a permanent resident, winter resident, summer resident, visitant, or transient. Additionally, author Burt L. Monroe reviews the history of ornithologists who have worked in Kentucky and outlines the physiography of the state as it relates to birding.
More than just a verbal portrait of Kentucky avifauna, The Birds of Kentucky includes fifty-one color paintings by the renowned wildlife artist William Zimmerman, whose work has been favorably compared to that of John James Audubon. In contrast to Audubon's romanticism and often tortuous style, however, Zimmerman offers us "comfortable" birds that look as if they are about to take wing and leave the page.
Beautifully illustrated and based on a lifetime of field observation and research, this book provides an excellent guide to the natural history of the birds of the Bluegrass.
The book is not only scientifically accurate but a visual delight and one that is sure to please any birder or naturalist.~Indiana Audubon Quarterly
A joy.~Lexington Herald-Leader
A wealth of authoritative information for those interested in birds and visually pleasing. This book is a need for active birders and recommended for those with a general interest in birds.~Bowling Green Daily News
Highly recommended.~Wildlife Activist
The illustrations in the book are outstanding. William Zimmerman is one of the best illustrators of living birds in the world and the figures in this book demonstrate his abilities.~Wilson Bulletin
A MUST for all bird watchers who want more information about the birds they love so much.~Genuine Kentucky
The illustrations and text, particularly for regularly occurring species, are a delight. The full-page paintings by William Zimmerman are richly detailed, and often show the species in their native habitat.~Northern Kentucky Tribune