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Birding books

Montana-Specific Bird Books

Birds of Montana by Marks, Hendricks & Casey. Buteo Books, Hardcover, 672 pp, 2016. Birds of Montana is the first comprehensive reference on the state’s birds since Saunders published A Distributional List of the Birds of Montana in 1921, and it is the only work that provides a thorough review of the status, distribution, relative abundance, ecology, and conservation of the 433 bird species that have been found in the state since Montana entered the Union.

ISBN: 9780931130199  (Purchase here)


Montana Birds by Caleb Putnam and Gregory Kennedy. Lone Pine Publishing, Paperback, 176 pp, 2005. This compact guide profiles 150 of Montana’s most abundant or notable bird species, illustrated in color. You’ll also find range maps, a quick reference guide that is organized into color-coded family groupings and a map of the state’s best birding sites.

ISBN: 9781551054636


Birds of Montana Field Guide by Stan Tekiela. Adventure Publications (MN), Paperback, 353pp, 2004. With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. This book features 136 species of Montana birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out.

ISBN:  9781591930976 (Purchase here)


Birding Montana by Terry McEneaney. Written by Terry McEneaney. Globe Pequot Press, Paperback, 316pp, 1998. The staff ornithologist for Yellowstone National Park, this book takes you on a tour of the best birding sites from the west slope of the Rock Mountains to the eastern prairies, including Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.

ISBN: 9781560442325


Birding Trail: Montana: 240 Birding Locations Across the Big Sky State by Chuck Robbins. Wilderness Adventures Press (Sandhill Crane Press), 508pp, 2014.  Chuck has divided the state into six regions: Glacier Country, Southwest Montana, Central Montana, Yellowstone Country, Missouri River Country, and Southeast Montana. Chuck describes each of the birding locations, the key birds, the best seasons for birding, and the area description along with driving directions and GPS coordinates. There are six regional maps showing the birding locations in each region, along with over 70 maps of individual locations.

ISBN: 9781932098990 (Purchase here)

Montana Birds: A pocket folding Guide to Familiar Species by James R Kavanagh & Raymond Leung. Waterford Press. 12pp, 2001. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species and includes an ecoregion map featuring prominent bird-viewing areas. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike.

ISBN: 9781583551110


Great Places: Montana. A Recreational Guide to Montana’s Public Lands and Historical Places for Birding, Hiking, photography, Fishing, Hunting, Camping by Chuck Robbins. Wilderness Adventures Press (Sandhill Crane Press). 406pp, 2008. Special emphasis on bird-watching, with bird lists for each site, and times of day and year to find them. Camping, trails, driving accessibility. This comprehensive guide details Montana’s vast areas of public lands, including wildlife refuges, state parks, Glacier National Park, and many other places that everyone is welcome to explore.

ISBN: 9781932098594 (Purchase here)

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