Birds of the Carolinas

Second Edition

By Eloise F. Potter, James F. Parnell, Robert P. Teulings, Ricky Davis

Birds of the Carolinas

416 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, 381 color photos, 1 drawing, 1 map, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5671-0
    Published: April 2006

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The well-loved standard reference for bird-watchers and nature lovers in North Carolina and South Carolina, Birds of the Carolinas collects information on all avian species known to have occurred in the region since 1900. This thoroughly revised second edition describes more than 460 individual species, including more than 60 new species that have been recorded since the publication of the first edition in 1980. Updated entries for all species reflect the current status of bird life as well as major changes in taxonomy and nomenclature. Each species account indicates when and where the bird is most likely to be found in the Carolinas, its nesting habits, feeding habits, and descriptive information useful in identifying the species. Generously illustrated with 350 color photographs, this comprehensive guide to regional birds and their behavior will quickly earn a prominent place on the bookshelf of every bird-watcher in the Carolinas.

About the Authors

Eloise F. Potter is former director of communications at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
For more information about Eloise F. Potter, visit the Author Page.

James F. Parnell is professor emeritus of biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is coauthor of Mammals of the Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland and Freshwater Fishes of the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, both from UNC Press.
For more information about James F. Parnell, visit the Author Page.

Robert P. Teulings, retired environmental engineer at the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, is past president of the Carolina Bird Club.
For more information about Robert P. Teulings, visit the Author Page.

Ricky Davis is editor for the Southern Atlantic region for North American Birds, a quarterly journal of ornithological record published by the American Birding Association.
For more information about Ricky Davis, visit the Author Page.


"Generously illustrated with 350 color photographs, this comprehensive guide to regional birds and their behavior will quickly earn a prominent place n the bookshelf of every bird-watcher in the Carolinas" —Living in South Carolina

"An invitation to all bird-watchers and sportsmen who are ready to 'pass from bird identification to bird study' of virtually any species likely to be found in the Carolinas. The new edition adds dozens of birds recently recorded in the region as well as new places to see birds, revisions in troublesome bird taxonomy, and updates from the conservation front. Trusted regional Web sites are also listed— essential for updating the kind of information this reference presents. Far from being one in a series of knock-off regional bird books, Birds of the Carolinas contains the collective experience of the bird study community of the Carolinas. The authors have monitored reported observations of the region's bird life for many decades, and the volume has the homey feel of a bird club meeting where scholars and laymen share their observations of and passion for birds."—Margaret Martin, editor, Wildlife in North Carolina

“A must-have reference for bird-watchers of any level." —Southern Living

“The perfect gift for the bird watcher on your gift list.”—Sandlapper

"A primer for anyone who wants to do some bird watching anywhere in the state."—Sunday Star News Wilmington

"A 'must' for anyone interested in observing birds in the backyard feeder or identifying the new ones spotted while traveling."—Coastwatch