Preview of The Warbler Guide

Drew WeberBooks, Field Guide, Reviews6 Comments

The Warbler Guide cover

One of my most anticipated releases of the summer is The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle. It has been a long time since a book devoted to warblers has been released and it looks like they really went all out on this one. Release is in July and you can be sure we will get our hands on it as soon as possible and review it.

In the meantime, watch some of the videos below from the authors and the details at the bottom of the post from Princeton University Press.

Details from Princeton University Press

Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. This groundbreaking guide features more than 1,000 stunning color photos, extensive species accounts with multiple viewing angles, and an entirely new system of vocalization analysis that helps you effectively learn songs and calls.

The Warbler Guide revolutionizes birdwatching, making warbler identification easier than ever before. Also look for the interactive companion apps for iPhone and iPad.


  • Covers all 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada
  • Visual quick finders help you identify warblers from any angle
  • Song and call finders make identification easy using a few simple questions
  • Uses sonograms to teach a new system of song identification that makes it easier to understand and hear differences between similar species
  • Detailed species accounts show multiple views with diagnostic points, direct comparisons of plumage and vocalizations with similar species, and complete aging and sexing descriptions
  • New aids to identification include song mnemonics and icons for undertail pattern, color impression, habitat, and behavior
  • Includes field exercises, flight shots, general identification strategies, and quizzes
  • Dan J. Andrews

    There`s a lot to like there. The icons will be useful—at first I was turned off by the fact it just showed the US as if Canada didn’t exist or have birds; however, they redeemed themselves with the more detailed bird maps including South America. 🙂 (I joke a bit, but in the past I have changed my mind about products with maps that stop at our border. Glad I don’t need to do that here).

    I’m interested in the sonograms myself to see how they compare to the recordings and sonograms I have. You could do a whole book just on the songs and calls, so I’m glad they decided to devote as much room as they have to songs–it is something I always wished other bird guides would do in more detail.

    Okay, will end here although I’m very excited about this book, and could ramble on, ask questions, presuppose, speculate, etc. This is a definitely must buy book.

  • Chris West

    I can’t wait to see it as I have a photograph published in it!
    Sounds like it’s going to be good!

    • Wow, congrats Chris. Which photo? I’ll check it out when I get a copy.

  • Dan J. Andrews

    My copy just arrived today. !! At quick glance, it is even better than I expected. I’m pretty much speechless at the information in it. The explanatory sonogram (spectrogram) chapter by itself looks chock full of useful info. I’m looking forward to tonight when I can sit down and spend some time going through it.

    • Pretty much everytime I open it I am amazed at all the info, but its presented in a way that is not overwhelming.