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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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Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia

By Guy Dutson
Feb 2012 Melanesia harbors an amazing range of endemic bird species and subspecies, many of which are poor...

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 the Mascarene Islands / Les Oiseaux des Mascareignes

A Comprehensive Collection of Endemic, Oceanic,...
By Narainsamy Ramen
Dec 2012 The Birds of the Mascarene is a fully illustrated identification guide with over 300 photos cover...

Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America

By Klaus Malling Olsen and Han...
Jan 2003 The standard text on the identification of the northern hemisphere's gulls, this book covers the...

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...