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Field Identification Guides

Books for the field identification of birds, usually with accompanying illustrations or photographs. Species accounts are short and focused on information useful for identification in the field.


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Advanced Field Identification

Geared towards birding enthusiasts, these books focus on the finer points of field identification of birds.

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Introductory Guides

Geared towards the general public as opposed to ornithologists or hardcore birders, these books often present basic information about each species or feature a subset of the avifauna for an area.

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African Raptors

By Bill Clark, Rob Davies
Jun 2016 This is the most comprehensive single-volume identification guide to African Raptors ever publish...

Birds of Botswana

By Peter Hancock and Ingrid We...
Nov 2015 Here is the ultimate field guide to Botswana’s stunningly diverse birdlife. Covering all 597 spec...

The Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi

By Terry Stevenson & John...
Jan 2002 Birds of East Africa is the first comprehensive field guide to this spectacular birding region--...

Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania

By Dale A. Zimmerman, Donald A...
Jul 1999 Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Plains, tropical beaches, coral reefs, and such wildlife as elep...

Birds of Kenya's Rift Valley

By Adam Scott Kennedy
May 2014 Kenya's East African Rift Valley includes four major national parks--Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, M...

Birds of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands

By Frank Hawkins, Roger Saffor...
Nov 2014 The Malagasy region contains one of the most extraordinary concentrations of biodiversity in the...

Birds of Seychelles

By Adrian Skerrett and Tony Di...
Mar 2001 This is the first comprehensive guide to the birds of the Seychelles, a spectacular archipelago o...

Birds of Southern Africa

4th edition
By Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey,...
Oct 2011 Birds of Southern Africa continues to be the best and most authoritative guide to the bird speci...

Birds of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Socotra

By Nigel Redman, Terry Stevens...
Jul 2009 Birds of the Horn of Africa is the first field guide to the more than 1,000 species of resident,...

Birds of the Masai Mara

By Adam Scott Kennedy
Oct 2012 Birds of the Masai Mara is a remarkably beautiful photographic guide featuring the bird species...

Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area

By Kennedy, Adam Scott
Mar 2014 Located in northern Tanzania, the Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous wildlife regions. B...

Birds of Western Africa

Second Edition
By Nik Borrow, Ron Demey
Oct 2014 This revised and expanded edition of Birds of Western Africa is now the most up-to-date field gu...

Identification of Seabirds of the Southern Ocean

A Guide for Scientific Observers Aboard Fishing...
By Sandy Bartle
Aug 2006 In recent years there has been a sharp decline in the populations of several seabird species, par...

Oiseaux des îles de l'Océan Indien

Madagascar, Maurice, Réunion, Rodrigues, Seyche...
By Olivier Langrand; Ian Sinclair
Oct 2014 Ce guide a pour objectif de permettre aux observateurs d’identifier tous les oiseaux vus dans cet...

Sappi Birds of South Africa

By Saartjie Kidson, Herman van...
Jul 2014 A new field guide that changes the face of bird watching in South Africa. The field guide feature...