Birds of Texas Field Guide (Bird Identification Guides)

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, this is the ultimate field guide to bird watching in Texas. From the common to the exotic, Stan Tekiela’s Birds of Texas Field Guide covers more than 190 species of birds found in the Lone Star State.

Featuring stunning full-color photographs and Tekiela’s trademarked side-by-side image comparisons that make identification simple and easy, this guide is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Stan’s hand-written species descriptions are packed with interesting facts about each bird, and his unique illustrations highlight key field marks to look for.

So whether you’re looking to add a new species to your life list or just want to enjoy an afternoon of bird watching, make sure you bring along the Birds of Texas Field Guide. It’s the perfect companion for any birding adventure in the great state of Texas!


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About the Author

Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela is the originator of the popular state-specific field guide series. Stan has authored more than 190 educational books, including field guides, quick guides, nature books, children’s books, playing cards and more, presenting many species of animals and plants. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 30 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and Canada. He has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in more than 25 newspapers, and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. Stan can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

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Northern Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis

Size: 8-9″ (20-22.5 cm)

Female: buff brown bird with tinges of red on crest and wings, a black mask and large red bill

Male: red bird with a black mask extending from face down to chin and throat, large red bill and crest

Juvenile: same as female, but with a blackish gray bill

Nest: cup; female builds; 2-3 broods per year

Eggs: 3-4; bluish white with brown markings

Incubation: 12-13 days; female and male incubate

Fledging: 9-10 days; female and male feed young

Migration: non-migrator

Food: seeds, insects, fruit; comes to seed feeders

Compare: The Cedar Waxwing (pg. 133) has a small dark bill. The female Northern Cardinal appears similar to juvenile Cardinal, but the juvenile has a dark bill. Look for female’s bright red bill.

Stan’s Notes: A familiar backyard bird. Look for male feeding female during courtship. Male feeds young of first brood by himself while female builds a second nest. Their name comes from the Latin word cardinalis, which means “important.” Very territorial during spring, it will fight its own reflection in a window. Non-territorial in winter, they gather in small flocks of up to 20 birds. Both male and female sing and can be heard any time of year. Listen for their “whata-cheer-cheer-cheer” territorial call in spring.

From the Publisher

Organized by Color

Identifying birds is simple and fun with species organized by color. When you see an unfamiliar bird, simply look in the corresponding color section to ID it.

Only Texas Birds

In this field guide, you’re introduced to 176 of Texas’s most common and important birds to know. Every species in the book can be seen in the state.

Expert Information

Stan Tekiela is an award-winning author, naturalist, and wildlife photographer. He provides helpful, trusted information—from observation tips to bird anatomy.

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