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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.


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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Birds and Plants of the Little Desert

A Photographic Guide
By Ian Morgan, Graham Goods, M...
Sep 2014

Birds of Australia

8th edition
By Ken Simpson & Nicolas Day
Jul 2010 This is the completely revised eighth edition of Australia's best-selling field guide, with close...

Birds of Australia

A Photographic Guide
By Iain Campbell, Sam Woods...
Nov 2014 Australia is home to a spectacular diversity of birdlife, from parrots and penguins to emus and v...

Birds of New Guinea

Second edition
By Thane K. Pratt & Bruce...
Oct 2014 This is the completely revised edition of the essential field guide to the birds of New Guinea. T...

Birds of New Zealand

A Photographic Guide
By Paul Scofield, Brent Stephe...
Oct 2013 From Yale University Press: New Zealand’s birdlife developed extraordinary diversity as a conseq...

Birds of New Zealand, Hawaii, Central and West Pacific

By Ber van Perlo
Mar 2011 The essential guide to identifying every species of bird you may see in this area, for both touri...

Birds of Western Australia

Field Guide
By Simon J Neville
Jan 2013 This is a new book and is an expanded version of the original guide that covered those species fo...

Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand

Fully revised and updated
By Hugh Robertson; Barrie Heather
Apr 2015 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand is the modern classic of the genre – the tried and t...

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...