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Slideshow: Unique birds of North America by Stan Tekiela

Painted Bunting pair
Painted Bunting pair on roses. Photo by Stan Tekiela

Award-winning photographer and naturalist Stan Tekiela has published more than 175 state field guides to common birds, wildflowers, trees, and reptiles and amphibians, nature books, children’s books, and other titles. In his new book, Wild Birds: North America’s Most Unique Birds, Tekiela showcases 28 of the most amazing bird species in North America.

“They include unique birds that are the most unusual or entertaining, and those with fascinating behavior,” he writes.

We are happy to share a handful of the book’s photos in this gallery. We begin with Stan’s portrait (above) of Painted Buntings. The males of this species, of course, are among the most colorful birds on the continent while the females sport a few shades of green.

Click below to see more photos from Stan’s book!

Adult Roseate Spoonbill feeding on a fish. Photo by Stan Tekiela

Adult Roseate Spoonbill feeding on a fish. Photo by Stan Tekiela

"You almost need to blink hard and rub your eyes when you see one of these weird and wonderful, nearly 3-foot-tall birds for the first time," Stan writes. "They just don't look real! Besides, it's not every day that you see a pink bird."

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