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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 Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi

By Terry Stevenson & John...
Jan 2002 Birds of East Africa is the first comprehensive field guide to this spectacular birding region--...

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 Eastern North America

A Photographic Guide
By Paul Sterry & Brian E....
Sep 2009 Combining informative and accessible text, up-to-date maps, and--above all--stunning color photog...

Birds of Ecuador

By Juan Freile, Robin Restall
Dec 2015

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 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...

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 Kenya and Northern Tanzania

By Dale A. Zimmerman, Donald A...
Jul 1999 Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Plains, tropical beaches, coral reefs, and such wildlife as elep...

Birds of Kenya's Rift Valley

By Adam Scott Kennedy
May 2014 Kenya's East African Rift Valley includes four major national parks--Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, M...

Birds of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands

By Frank Hawkins, Roger Saffor...
Nov 2014 The Malagasy region contains one of the most extraordinary concentrations of biodiversity in the...

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 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 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...