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Sibley's Bird Calendars and Posters

Updated on October 10, 2015

Birding Calendars and Bird Posters by David Allen Sibley

My husband and I have used "The Sibley Guide to Birds" for a few years now, and we're impressed with the detail of his illustrations and the thoroughness of identifying field marks. I was happy to discover that his illustrations have made their way into calendars and posters too.

David Allen Sibley, one of today's leading illustrators of birds, has been called the "modern day John James Audubon".

He is the author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds, considered to be one of the definitive guides to bird identification in North America.

The son of the well-known ornithologist, Fred Sibley, David Allen Sibley developed an early interest in birds. A mostly self-taught illustrator, he began watching and drawing birds at age 7. After leading birding tours in the 1980s and 1990s, he starting putting together his own illustrated field guide that included more plummage variations than other guides available at that time.

The following Birder's Year Calendars and Bird Posters showcase David Allen Sibley's beautifully detailed bird illustrations of North American birds.

The Birder's Year Wall Calendar 2016

David Allen Sibley The Birder's Year 2016 Wall Calendar

Written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley.

This beautifully illustrated wall calendar by David Allen Sibley features a different bird species portrait each month, and includes a range map, and pointers for key identification marks, behavior, and habitat information.

David Sibley is one of the most famous bird illustrators in North America, and he has been called a modern-day James Audubon.

The birds on this calendar are American Redstarts. The one in the foreground is a female, and the other is the male.

Format: Standard Wall

Size Closed: 12.0 " x 12.0"

Size Opened: 24.0 " x 12.0"

Grid Size: Medium Rectangle

The Birder's Year Desk Calendar 2016

David Allen Sibley The Birder's Year 2016 Desk Calendar

Written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley

A great gift for birders! This desk calendar features beautifully detailed portraits of different species of birds, and includes a range map, description with wingspan, and common and Latin names. A different bird is pictured for each day (Saturday and Sunday combined).

The striking bird in the foreground is a male Blackburnian Warbler, and the one in the background is a female Cerulean Warbler ( I was able to identify it from my copy of the Sibley Guide to Birds).

Format: Desk

Size Closed: 5.25 " x 6.0 "

Size Opened: 5.25 " x 6.0 "

Time Span: 365-day combined

"Once in a great while, a natural history book changes the way people look at the world.

In 1838, John James Audubon's Birds of America was one...In 1934, Roger Tory Peterson produced Field Guide to the Birds.

Now comes The Sibley Guide to Birds [by David Allen Sibley]."

— New York Times
David Allen Sibley Backyard Birds Poster
David Allen Sibley Backyard Birds Poster

Poster Backyard Birds of Eastern North America

Sibley's Backyard Birds of Eastern North America on Amazon

This 24" x 36" high quality poster includes 98 species of birds in 144 illustrations. Many of these birds aren't necessarily what we'd see in our own backyards (although some definitely are common in our backyards) , but they're what we'd commonly see in our neighborhoods and in nearby wooded areas, fields, streams, and marshy areas.

What's great about this poster (besides the beautiful representation of the birds) especially if you're new to birding and bird identification is that you can visually scan the poster rather than page through a bird identification guide book to help identify birds that you see.

  • Birds are reproduced in relative scale to show differences in size.
  • Species are arranged by families: finches, blackbirds, woodpeckers, warblers, etc.
  • Illustrations of males and females, breeding and nonbreeding, and juvenile birds are included to help in identification.
  • Region covers area from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains east to the Atlantic states

Sibley's Backyard Birds of Western North America
Sibley's Backyard Birds of Western North America

Poster Backyard Birds Western North America

Sibley's Backyard Birds of Western North America on Amazon

This is the Western North America counterpart to the poster listed above. There are about 100 Backyard Birds featured that are common to the areas west of the foothills of the Rockies. The birds are shown in intricate detail, and represented in relative scale to their sizes. As for the Eastern birds poster, this is 24" x 36".

Both of the Backyard Birds posters make great learning and teaching tools for birders.

More Bird Posters by David Allen Sibley

Sibley's Hummingbirds of North America
Sibley's Hummingbirds of North America

Product Description

The meticulous paintings of an acclaimed artist and distinguished naturalist are represented in this exceptional collection of hummingbirds. This superb poster replicates breathtakingly detailed illustrations of all 18 of the hummingbird species native to North America. Included in relative, life-size scale are both male and female birds in various stages of development—adult, subadult, and juvenile birds—to reflect the differences in sizes. From the green violet-ear to the buff-bellied hummingbird, no hummingbird is left out, and birders and nature lovers will be dazzled by the array of species presented here.

Sibley's Owls of North America
Sibley's Owls of North America

Product Description

Featuring exquisite, to-scale drawings of American owls, this poster contains both male and female depictions of all 19 species native to North America, as well as information on where they can be found. Grouped by region to aid in identification, this beautiful reference exhibits the wide range of owls that inhabit the continent, from the expansive wingspan of the Great Gray Owl to the tiny Elf Owl and the Northern Pygmy-Owl. This impressive and meticulously detailed display is the perfect gift for birdwatchers and Sibley fans everywhere.


Are You a Birder? What do you think of these Sibley Bird Calendars and posters?

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      ruth-jolly-3 4 years ago

      great post I love it!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These are lovely. We enjoy watching the birds in our garden and listening to their songs. Incidentally Sibley's was the name of the house that my Grandmother lived in in the 1940s and which was painted by a relative who was a well known illustrator and artist.

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: That's such a great idea -- keeping old calendars as a kind of diary! I've used old calendar pictures for arts and crafts projects.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very nice bird calendars, they are something that I would enjoy looking at for a full year. I like to save all of my calendars, because I write important dates and events of them, appointments too. They end up being kind of a diary some years.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful Sibley birder calendars.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      These bird illustrations are quite beautiful by Sibley. I watch birds from the window every day. It's exciting to see different birds visit our yard as many are migrating now. Thanks for the introduction to this bird artist!

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      @mariaamoroso: Thanks for your comment, Irenemaria! It's so much fun when our children enjoy the birds too. I was able to identify some birds when I was fairly young, but probably older than 5 :-)

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      Both I and my family have always loved birds. My youngest son could name them from their songs when he was 5 years old