The Birds of Kentucky

“The Birds of Kentucky” is the first book of its kind to be published for the Bluegrass State. It is designed to provide an accurate, scientifically approved, up-to-date account of the status of all the species of birds found in …

“The Birds of Kentucky” is the first book of its kind to be published for the Bluegrass State. It is designed to provide an accurate, scientifically approved, up-to-date account of the status of all the species of birds found in Kentucky, with seasonal occurrence, abundance, migration dates, and additional reference material. The species accounts provide the natural history of the birds of Kentucky based on a lifetime of field observation and research. But, this is more than a verbal portrait of Kentucky avifauna. “The Birds of Kentucky” includes 51 paintings by the renowned wildlife artist William Zimmerman. More than one commentator has compared Zimmerman’s work favorably to Audubon’s. But, instead of Audubon’s romanticism and often tortuous style, Zimmerman offers us “comfortable” birds that look as if they were about to take wing and leave the page. Monroe tells the story of the ornithologists who have worked in Kentucky, and also outlines the physiography of the state as it relates to birding. Each species account informs us whether a bird is a permanent resident, winter resident, summer resident, visitant, or transient.

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