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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...

北京鸟类图鉴

Atlas of Beijing Birds
Second edition
By Zhao Xinru
May 2014

常见野鸟图鉴: 北京地区

Atlas of Common Wild Birds: Beijing Area
By Li Qiang
Jan 2014

Aves de Asturias

Guía de Identificación
By Luis Mario Arce, Víctor M....
Jan 2014 Guía de identificación dedicada a las aves del Principado de Asturias, describe e ilustra las 283...

Birds of Central Asia

Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzsta...
By Raffael Ayé,Manuel Schweize...
Oct 2012 Birds of Central Asia is the first field guide to include the former Soviet republics of Kazakhst...

Birds of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan

By Raffael Ayé, Manuel Schweiz...
Oct 2012 Central Asia--a vast and remote area of steppe, semi-desert, and mountains separating Europe from...

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 Europe

2nd edition
By Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterst...
Feb 2010 Since it was first published a decade ago, Birds of Europe has become the definitive field guide...

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...

The Birds of Ireland

A Field Guide
By Wilson, Jim; Carmody, Mark
Nov 2013 An important tool of a birdwatcher is a good identification guide. Most cover the birds of Europe...

Birds of Mongolia

By Gombobaatar, Sundev; Bräunl...
Jul 2015 Birds of Mongolia is the first guide to describe and illustrate all of the country's bird specie...

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 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...

Birds of the Western Palearctic

A Photographic Guide
By Hadoram Shirihai, Lars Sven...
Jul 2014 This unique and spectacular book is the most complete and comprehensive photographic guide to the...

Collins Bird Guide

Second Edition
By Lars Svensson, Killian Mull...
Mar 2008 Following on from its hugely successful launch in 1999, Collins Bird Guide - the ultimate referen...