Top positive review
A superb, comprehensive guide.
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2018
The text and maps contained here are unexcelled and I find the artwork, font size, and printing quality to be of very high quality. The only quibbles I ever hear about the NGS guide are that the plates are painted by multiple artists, and the style and quality of their work is not identical. I'm not certain that I concur to the degree that I would relegate this guide to 2nd place behind any other. Another plus is that, although the NGS guide is not pocket-sized, it is small enough to take into the field for immediate consultation, whereas the Sibley guide (the prime alternative to this book) is better left in the car or in the room and consulted later. Another consideration is that the NGS guides are updated frequently, with new editions published every several years. As a result of this, the NGS guide is a rarity, in that it is typically the most-current of any field guide on the market, reflecting the latest changes to taxonomy, ranges, and extralimital occurrences; as well updated artwork and improved text.