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This page lists books about birds and birdwatching in the US state of South Carolina.

The books are arranged by publication date with the most recent at the top of the page.


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Field Guide to Birds of The Carolinas

Nate Swick

Photographs: Brian E Small

American Birding Association

Scott & Nix Inc

2016

"The American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas†includes 290†species birders are most likely to see in the state. Illustrated with hundreds of crisp, color photographs, it includes descriptions of birds written by an expert Carolina†birder along with tips of when and where to see them. Itís the perfect companion for anyone interested in the amazing diversity and beauty of the birds of North and South Carolina."

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Southern Birds: Backyard Guide

Bill Thompson III

Cool Springs Press

2013

"Inside, you'll find profiles of the 55 most common birds in the South, complete with large color photos, gender-specific physical descriptions, nesting and feeding information, bird call particulars, and interesting stories about each species. Thompson also introduces the reader to the basics of bird watching: essential gear, bird-friendly food and plantings, housing tips, and observational techniques. This guide covers North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and eastern Texas."

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Birds of South Carolina

Todd Telander

Falcon Field Guide

Falcon Press

2012

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Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians

Jennifer Frick-Ruppert

University of North Carolina Press

2010

"The Southern Appalachians are home to a breathtakingly diverse array of living things - from delicate orchids to carnivorous pitcher plants, from migrating butterflies to flying squirrels, and from brawny black bears to more species of salamander than anywhere else in the world. Mountain Nature is a lively and engaging account of the ecology of this remarkable region. It explores the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachians and the webs of interdependence that connect them. Within the region's roughly 35 million acres, extending from north Georgia through the Carolinas to northern Virginia, exists a mosaic of habitats, each fostering its own unique natural community."

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Birding South Carolina: A Guide to 40 Premier Birding Sites

Jeff Mollenhauer

A Falcon Guide

Falcon Press

2009

"South Carolina is a birder's paradise, with more than 480 species having been recorded in the state. Christmas bird counts along the coast often yield some of the highest species totals on the entire East Coast. Highly sought-after birds - such as wood stork, swallow-tailed kite, purple gallinule, red-cockaded woodpecker, swainson's warbler, painted bunting, and Bachman's sparrow - can be found with ease during the appropriate season. Birding South Carolina provides detailed descriptions of forty premier birding locations across the state. For each location, detailed information is given on which birds one is likely to see - whether in cypress swamps or salt marshes, on beaches or mountains - and when to find them."

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Life Along the Inner Coast: A Naturalist's Guide to the Sounds, Inlets, Rivers, and Intracoastal Waterway from Norfolk to Key West

Robert L. Lippson and Alice Jane Lippson

University Of North Carolina Press

2009

"This dense system of waterways contains an incredible range of salinity levels, from fresh to brackish to oceanic, and is host to flora and fauna that have adapted to both specific and broad ranges of ecological habitats. The Lippsons explore each habitat, from wooded wetlands, broad marshes, and sandy beaches, to the hundreds of piers and pilings thrusting into the waters, to the vast shallow waters rich in populations of fish, crabs, mollusks, and myriad other marine creatures. They describe more than 800 species that are beautifully illustrated with meticulous ink drawings and photographs and organized according to habitat type and geographic region. Ranging from the busy commercial harbor at Norfolk through vast expanses of marshlands of the mid-Atlantic to the tropical mangrove islands of Florida, "Life along the Inner Coast" offers readers a rich understanding of the relationships between organisms and where they live. It is a valuable resource for naturalists, students, and anyone who lives or vacations along the Atlantic Inner Coast."

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Birds of Coastal South Carolina

Roger S Everett

Schiffer

2008

"The coast of South Carolina is a spectacular place to observe our winged friends. Many species are to be found there, both resident and those that are passing through on their annual migrations. Birds of Coastal South Carolina, by noted bird photographer Roger Everett, captures the birds found along South Carolina's shore in beautiful, full color images. Organized by habitats, the yard, garden, woodlands, beaches, and nature reserves, the species range from common House Wrens and Chickadees to the rarer Seaside Sparrows, Caspian Terns, and Golden-Crowned Kinglets. While not a field guide, it will aid dedicated birders and casual visitors to see the aviary that surrounds them. The photographs are amplified by the author's observations and concise, informative captions. Enjoy hours of pleasure viewing and reading about the birds in this special area."

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Compact Guide to South Carolina Birds

Curtis Smalling and Gregory Kennedy

Lone Pine Publishing

2007

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Birds of Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains: A Field Guide

Ernest Preston Edwards

McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company

2007

"This is a compact, current, easy-to-use field guide that identifies 336 species of birds that have been reported from in and near the Blue Ridge in North Carolina and Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. The guide applies to one of the most beautiful and biologically rich regions of eastern North America, it includes only those species of birds that will be found in the region, and it can be used with comfort, confidence, and pleasure by casual and beginning observers as well as those with more extensive experience."

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Birds of the Carolinas

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

University of North Carolina Press

2nd edition

2006

"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 59 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."

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Field Guide to Birds: Carolinas

Editor: Jonathan Alderfer

National Geographic

2005

"In each guide, an introduction by an expert birder from the region offers guidance on where to look for key birds. An opening section gives pointers on how to look for key birds and what to focus on when you spot them. Each guide features approximately 150 birds, grouped by family. Two indexes: one alphabetical and one color-coded help readers identify a bird quickly. Each entry has a vivid photograph showing the bird in its native habitat. On the facing page, there is a list of bulleted points of field identification clues as well as behavioral and habitat information, and the best local places to find the bird. Special field notes give additional i.d. or behavioral information and detailed maps show the range of each bird's habitat. With comprehensive coverage of the region and valuable advice from experts, these user-friendly guides will quickly become favorite companions on the journey to lifelong birding."

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A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife: Marine Mammals, Seabirds, Fish, and Other Sealife

Noble S. Proctor and Patrick J. Lynch

Yale University Press

2005

"This beautifully illustrated guide covers an unprecedented range of species that may be sighted along the coastline or offshore by the whale watcher, bird watcher, fisher, boating enthusiast, or natural history buff. Designed in a handy pocket size, the book provides concise information for identifying the invertebrates, mammals, birds, turtles, fish, sharks and rays, and even floating seaweeds and common algae that live along the Atlantic coast and offshore from North Carolina to the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. With range maps and text on pages directly opposite the full-colour illustrations, the book makes identification of more than two hundred species of offshore wildlife quick and easy. Special features include full-page spreads to compare similar species of seabirds, and inserts to help identify whales by their blowhole patterns, diving, and other behaviours. Those with an interest in ocean life know that surprises often appear at the end of a fishing line, floating beside the boat, washed up on the shore, or flying overhead. This is the ultimate guide for those who are curious about such creatures and the marine environment in which they dwell."

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Birds of the Carolinas: Field Guide

Stan Tekiela

Adventure Publications

2004

"Learn about and identify birds using Stan Tekiela's state-by-state field guides. The full-page, color photos are incomparable and include insets of winter plumage, color morphs and more. Plus, with the easy-to-use format, you don't need to know a bird's name or classification in order to easily find it in the book."

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Southern Blue Ridge Front

L.L. Gaddy

University of South Carolina Press

2000

"This field guide offers detailed descriptions of more than fifty natural areas in the "gorge" region of the Blue Ridge province. Veteran naturalist L. L. Gaddy, Jr., shares his extensive knowledge of this scenic, biologically diverse region, which runs from North Carolina's Linville Gorge to Tallulah Gorge in Georgia, and offers practical advice on how to best experience its many rock pinnacles, deep ravines, wildflower coves, and spectacular waterfalls. Describing areas that range in size from less than fifty to more than ten thousand acres, Gaddy provides comprehensive information on well-known sites -- Table Rock State Park, Caesar's Head State Park, Whiteside Mountain, Chimney Rock Park, and Raven Cliff Falls -- along with many lesser-known areas -- Wolf's Lair, Thompson River Gorge, Chattooga River Narrows, and Chauga River Gorge. For each location he outlines points of interest, flora and fauna (including rare plants and endangered wildlife), and other natural features."

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Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year: North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

John Rucker

Fulcrum

1996

Use this month-by-month guide to natural events to discover the rich wildlife, wildflowers, and national treasures of the Carolinas and Tennessee.

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Finding Birds in South Carolina

Robin M. Carter

University of South Carolina Press

1993

A Guide to birding sites.

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The White Ibis: Wetland Wanderer

Keith L. Bildstein

Smithsonian Books

1993

"Beginning in 1980, the author studied the thousands of ibises which converge each spring on tiny Pumpkinseed Island, South Carolina. Contains much useful information on breeding and behaviour."

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Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Marcus B. Simpson

University of North Carolina Press

1992

A Guide for the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, and Neighboring Areas.

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Birds of South Carolina

Arthur Trezevant Wayne

Editor: Paul M. Rea

Contributions from the Charleston Museum, No. 1

1910

From the preface:

"At the solicitation of many of my ornithological friends this work was begun more than five years ago, but for various reasons its completion has been retarded. It was originally intended to treat only the birds of the coast region, to which the greater part of my field work has been confined. In compliance with a request from Mr. Leverett Mills Loomis, however, I have added an annotated list of additional species of the Piedmont and Alpine regions, which are not found in the coast region. This is printed next in order after the coast list. The scientific names used in this work are those adopted by the committee on nomenclature of the American Ornithologists' Union, up to and including the fifteenth supplement to the Check-List. With few exceptions, the nests and eggs of birds which breed in the coast region are described, all measurements being in English inches and hundredths, but no attempt has been made to give full life histories. In fact, the account of nearly every species is abridged as much as possible."
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Last updated January 2014