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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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African Raptors

By Bill Clark, Rob Davies
Jun 2016 This is the most comprehensive single-volume identification guide to African Raptors ever publish...

Fieldbook of the Birds of Ecuador

Including the Galapagos Islands
By McMullan, Miles; Navarette,...
Jan 2013 A new light and truly pocket-sized field guide for the bird-rich country of Ecuador. All of the b...

Guide to the Birds of Honduras

By Robert J. Gallardo
Aug 2015

Guide to British Owls and Owl Pellets

By Thomas, Leanne
Feb 2008 Produced in conjunction with the Hawk and Owl Trust, this chart is both an identification guide t...

Collins BTO Guide to British Birds

By Paul Sterry, Paul Stancliffe
Jun 2015 In a unique new collaboration, Collins have paired up with the respected British Trust for Ornith...

A Guide to the Birds of Nicaragua

Nicaragua - Una Guía de Aves
By Juan Martínez-Sánchez, Lili...
Dec 2014 The first comprehensive, illustrated field guide to the more than 750 bird species of Central Ame...

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...

Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast

By Rich Stallcup, Jules Evens
Aug 2014 The Northern California coast--from Monterey County to the Oregon border--is home to some of the...

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...

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...

Collins Field Guide to the Birds of South America

Passerines: from Sapayoa to Finches
Jun 2015 South America has long been known for its bountiful flora and fauna. The richness in bird life ha...

The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors

By Richard Crossley, Jerry Lig...
Apr 2013 Part of the revolutionary Crossley ID Guide series, this is the first raptor guide with lifelike...

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...

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...

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...