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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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The Princeton Guide to North American Birds

By Sullivan, Brian
Jul 2016

Raptors of the World

By James Ferguson-Lees & D...
Feb 2006 This new field guide covers all of the world's kites, vultures, harriers, hawks, buzzards, eagles...

RSPB Handbook of British Birds

Fourth Edition
By Peter Holden, Tim Cleeves
Mar 2014 RSPB Handbook of British Birds – the best-selling guide of its kind, covering a total of 272 Bri...

RSPB Spotlight: Puffins

By Euan Dunn
Apr 2014 Enduringly popular, Puffins are perhaps our most iconic species of bird, and are the most immedia...

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...

The Sibley Guide to Birds

Second edition
By Sibley, David Allen
Mar 2014 The second edition (March 2014) is essentially an entirely new book created out of the raw materi...

Tous les Oiseaux de France

de Belgique, de Suisse et du Luxembourg
By Frédéric Jiguet, Aurélien A...
Mar 2014 Plus de 650 espèces d’oiseaux observées en France sont ici présentées en 1 500 photographies.Nich...

The Warbler Guide

By Tom Stephenson and Scott Wh...
Jul 2013 Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plum...

Wetland Birds of Tamil Nadu

A Pictorial Field Guide
By Robert B. Grubh, Shailaja R...
Jan 2012 Wetland Birds of Tamil Nadu is an authentic pictorial field guide, written by a leading ornithol...

Wildlife of Seychelles

By John Bowler
Aug 2006 This is an indispensable guide to the wildlife of Seychelles, covering the birds, mammals, reptil...

Wings of Dwarka

A Field Guide
Jan 2014 The "Wings of Dwarka" offers a concise description of the birds which frequent GGSIP University c...