Coming from a publisher that has been expanding its booklist of field guides, this guide contributes to the identification of a difficult group of birds. The book’s objective is to help those wishing to identify flycatchers and pewees by “gestalt” or as some may refer to as “jizz.” It does this by focusing down on specific morphological characters such as crown shape, forehead angle, bill length, lower mandible color, tail length, tail width, primary projection, wing bar contrast, wing panel contrast, upper- and underpart contrast, eye ring, and overall coloration. A matrix is provided to help with identification in the field.

The book treats all North American Empidonax and Contopus species, plus Mitrephanes phaeocercus (Tufted Flycatcher). Each species is richly illustrated and provided with a range map. Each species map depicts core breeding range, areas of vagrancy, as well as spring and fall migration phenology for all species that are...

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