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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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A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of China

Southeast China, including Shanghai
By Liu Yang, Yong Ding Li, Yu...
May 2015 This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 bird species most representative of Southeast Ch...

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of Borneo

Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan
By Wong Tsu Shi
Jul 2013 This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen in Borneo (cover...

Birds of Borneo: Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak, and Kalimantan

By Susan Myers
Oct 2009 This is the first comprehensive field guide to illustrate and describe the varied bird species of...

Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia

By Mark Brazil
Jan 2009 With 234 superb color plates, and more than 950 color maps, Birds of East Asia makes it easy to...

Birds of Hampi

By Samad Kottur
Apr 2014 Birds are among the most eye-catching and beloved creatures. These ‘feathered bipeds’ have fascin...

Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives

2nd edition
By Richard Grimmett, Carol Ins...
Jan 2012 The best field guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent is now even better. Thoroughly revis...

Birds of Nitte University Campus

A Pictorial hand-guide to identification of bir...
By Kumar, Arunachalam; Shivash...
Jan 2014

Birds of South Asia

The Ripley Guide
Second edition
By Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Ander...
Aug 2012 The most complete and up-to-date guide to the birds of the region. Revised and updated with the n...

Birds of South-East Asia

Concise Edition
By Craig Robson
Aug 2015 The up-to-date text covers the identification, voice, habitat, behaviour and range of all the 127...

Birds of Sri Lanka

By Deepal Warakagoda, Carol In...
Jun 2012 With a rich avifauna of more than 350 species that includes 29 endemics, the island of Sri Lanka...

Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands

Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues, Sych...
Third edition
By Ian Sinclair; Olivier Langrand
Jul 2013 Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands is a comprehensive guide to the bird life of Madagascar, the Se...

Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bang...
By Richard Grimmett, Carol Ins...
Jan 2012 This new field guide is based on the authors' groundbreaking Birds of the Indian Subcontinent (19...

Collins Field Guide: Birds of India

Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
By Norman Arlott
Mar 2015 This comprehensive new field guide is an excellent addition to the world-renowned series - the ul...

臺灣野鳥手繪圖鑑 / Field Guide of Wild Bird in Taiwan

By Mu-Chi Hsiao
Oct 2014

A Field Guide to the Birds of China

By John MacKinnon, Karen Phill...
Jul 2000 China is one of the largest countries in the world, covering 7% of the earth's land surface, and...