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1. Collins Bird Guide
by Lars Svensson, et al
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HarperCollins Natural History
Hardcover - 392 pages
( 4 May, 1999)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
Provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and numerous illustrations to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female,... Read more


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2. The Complete Book of British Birds
by Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Magnus Magnusson
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AA Publishing
Paperback - 384 pages
(30 July, 1992)

AA Publishing

Synopsis
A detailed guide to over 200 bird species regularly seen in Britain, and over 300 special sites from which they can be seen. The book also provides an introduction to the lives of wild birds, their habits, how to identify them and practical ways to help them. Read more


3. Field Guide to the Birds of North America
by National Geographic
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National Geographic Books
Paperback - 464 pages
(15 May, 1999)

National Geographic Books

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This field guide of choice for serious birders combines accurate illustrations with useful maps and text in an easily portable format. Textual information includes notes on identification, behavior, habitat, and song; the illustrations depict individual species in varying plumages. --This text... Read more


4. Falconry
by Emma Ford
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Ward Lock
Paperback - 191 pages
(15 March, 1996)

Ward Lock

Synopsis
This contains the latest techniques and developments in this age-old "country-type" sport together with photographs especially shot for the book. It aims to provide a complete guide to the art and practice of falconry. Advice is given on the general husbandry of harks, combined with information on... Read more


5. Collins Field Guide: Birds of Britain and Europe
by Roger Tory Peterson, et al
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HarperCollins Natural History
Hardcover - 448 pages
(26 April, 1993)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
This fifth edition is a guide to the birds of Britain and Europe. The book includes an update of the maps and revision of the illustrations to help in the identification of wild birds. Read more


6. Bill Oddie's Birding Map of Britain and Ireland
by Bill Oddie
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New Holland Publishers (UK)
Paperback
( 1 February, 1999)

New Holland Publishers (UK)

Synopsis
This illustrated map is a guide to watching birds in Britain and Ireland. It features the top 270 birding sites, including all RSPB reserves, and provides concise details on each site, from descriptions of habitat and types of bird to be found there, to opening times and the best seasons in which to... Read more


7. Birds of Britain & Europe
by John Gooders
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HarperCollins Natural History
Paperback - 720 pages
( 6 April, 1998)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
"Collins Wildlife Trust Guides" are field guides illustrated with photographs that can be used to identify birds in the wild. Every species is comprehensively illustrated with specially chosen photographs, so that no matter what bird you see, whether male or female, adult or immature, there is a... Read more


8. Collins Pocket Guide: Birds of Britain and Europe with North Africa and the Middle East
by Hermann Heinzel, et al
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HarperCollins Natural History
Paperback - 384 pages
( 7 April, 1994)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
Every one of the 887 species of birds found in Britain and Europe is described and illustrated - including all rarities and introduced species. The book provides the information needed to identify every species - whatever its age or sex - and special pages highlight groups of birds that are... Read more


9. The Life of Birds
by David Attenborough
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BBC Consumer Publishing (Books)
Hardcover - 320 pages
( 1 September, 1998)

BBC Consumer Publishing (Books)

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Frigatebirds balloon their bright red necks. Blue-footed boobies strut about in brilliant cobalt shoes. Great egrets sprout snow-white plumes. Whether it's a tiny hummingbird or a giant moa, no bird can escape the evolutionary pressure to impress, outwit and outdo in the struggle to survive. And... Read more


10. A Field Guide to the Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania
by Dale Zimmerman(Illustrator), et al
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Christopher Helm
Paperback - 576 pages
(June 1999)

Christopher Helm

Synopsis
Designed for use in the field, this is a portable version of "Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania" in the "Helm, Identification Guide" series. It depicts every species recorded in the region and each is accompanied by facing text pages highlighting the key identification features. The species texts... Read more


11. The Song of the Bird
by Anthony De Mello
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Image Books
Paperback - 172 pages
(September 1984)

Image Books

Synopsis
Offers brief meditations and stories which teach lessons about grace, faith, truth, individuality, holiness, spirituality, perception, and fate. Read more


12. Bill Oddie's Birds of Britain and Ireland
by Bill Oddie, et al
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New Holland Publishers (UK)
Hardcover - 240 pages
( 1 March, 1998)

New Holland Publishers (UK)

Synopsis
This beginner's field guide to British birds contains realistic illustrations of each species. There are ten "confusion" pages which compare and contrast the species that are difficult to distinguish, and the last section of the book is devoted to 55 less-common and quite rare species. Read more


13. Collins Field Guide: Bird Songs and Calls of Britain and Northern Europe
by Geoff Sample
Temporarily out of stock
HarperCollins Natural History
Hardcover
( 7 April, 1996)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
This field guide helps to identify bird sounds. The guide is organised by habitat, with atmospheric backgrounds and voice-overs discussing how to tell the difference between each species, so the reader can quickly learn all the calls he can hear when visiting his local wood, or marshland RSPB... Read more


14. The Mitchell Beazley Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide
by Peter Hayman
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Mitchell Beazley
Hardcover - 192 pages
(July 1988)

Mitchell Beazley

Synopsis
This pocket-sized field guide makes it easy to identify and compare group species. Symbols enable habitat and patterns of residence to be checked at a glance for hundreds of the birds that can be seen in Europe. Read more


15. The State of the Nation's Birds
by Chris Mead, Kevin Baker (Illustrator)
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Whittet Books
Paperback - 285 pages
(May 2000)

Whittet Books

All about breeding birds in Britain and Ireland.
About 18 months ago I realised that there was no book where you could easily look up the really up-to-date information on our breeding birds. Now there is! The data are collected from many sources and each of over 200 species has a box containing the relevant information and symbols showing how it... Read more


16. Pocket Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent
by Richard Grimmett, et al
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Christopher Helm
Paperback - 384 pages
(19 September, 1999)

Christopher Helm

Synopsis
This is a pocket version companion to "Birds of the Indian Subcontinent" covering all the bird species found in India, Pakistian, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. The plates face the descriptions for quick at-a glance reference. This guide provides tables, summarising... Read more


17. Penguin
by Frans Lanting
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Benedikt Taschen Verlag
Hardcover - 168 pages
(31 October, 1999)

Benedikt Taschen Verlag

Synopsis
A celebration of the nature and beauty of penguins as expressed through the images and stories of photographer and naturalist Frans Lanting. The photographs were taken in South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and Antartica, where the life story of the emperor penguin is documented. Read more


18. Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East
by Lars Jonsson(Illustrator)
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Christopher Helm
Paperback - 559 pages
(May 1999)

Christopher Helm

Synopsis
A highly illustrated guide covering all but a few of the Western Paleactic's breeding birds, and includes information on all regularly encountered vagrants. Read more


19. RSPB Birdfeeder's Garden
by Robert Burton
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Dorling Kindersley
Hardcover - 160 pages
(19 March, 1998)

Dorling Kindersley

Synopsis
This is a practical guide to attracting birds into the garden all year round. As well as demonstrating how to design and adapt a garden to provide food, shelter and nesting places for birds, the book contains ideas for landscaping gardens of different sizes, shapes and locations, from urban rooftops... Read more


20. Collins Safari Guide: Birds of East Africa
by David Hosking, Martin Withers
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HarperCollins Natural History
Paperback - 192 pages
( 7 July, 1996)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
This guide covers all the common birds found in East Africa and the major areas visited by safaris - Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia. Each species is illustrated, with the differences betwen the male and female pointed out. Read more


21. A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka
by John Harrison
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Oxford University Press
Paperback - 234 pages
(March 1999)

Oxford University Press

Synopsis
This field guide describes and depicts all of Sri Lanka's 426 official avian species. The text, accessible to both experienced ornithologists and beginners, highlights the important identification features, such as plumage variations, size, calls and songs, range, distribution, and status, for every... Read more


22. A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali
by John MacKinnon, Karen Phillipps (Illustrator)
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Oxford University Press
Paperback - 507 pages
(29 July, 1993)

Oxford University Press

Synopsis
This book provides a complete identification guide to the birds of this important region, including descriptions and colour illustrations of all 820 species found there, many of which do not occur anywhere else. Information is provided on where to look for endemic and insular forms and on major... Read more


23. Bill Oddie's Gripping Yarns
by Bill Oddie
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A & C Black
Paperback - 203 pages
(18 February, 2000)

A & C Black

Synopsis
A collection of over 60 of Bill Oddie's tales of the ups, downs, high, lows and thrills and spills of birding, from nefarious childhood "egging" to fully fledged twitching. Read more


24. A Guide to the Birds of Colombia
by Steven L. Hilty, William L. Brown
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Princeton University Press
Paperback - 850 pages
(31 December, 1986)

Princeton University Press

The only book you need for birding in Colombia
This Guide is a must for anyone who wishes to travel in this beautiful country. The excellent text, however, is crucial when trying to identify many of the more difficult species. Though illustrated, not all species appear in the field as they do in the plates which does not always make...Read more

25. The Macmillan Field Guide to Bird Identification
by Keith Vinicombe, et al
Macmillan
Paperback - 224 pages
(23 April, 1993)

Macmillan

Synopsis
This pocket guide is designed to help readers distinguish between "confusion" birds - those birds that can be easily mistaken for another species. Over 200 birds are included, with photographs and illustrations comparing birds such as the willow warbler and the chiffchaff. Read more


26. A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
by Craig Robson
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New Holland Publishers (UK)
Hardcover - 504 pages
( 1 February, 2000)

New Holland Publishers (UK)

Synopsis
This field guide to the birds of South-East Asia details the identification, voice, breeding, status, habitat and distribution of the 1250 species and distinctive sub-species of the region covering Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, West Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Read more


27. Collins Gem Birds
by Jim Flegg
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HarperCollins General Reference
Paperback - 256 pages
( 6 April, 1999)

HarperCollins General Reference

Synopsis
This volume provides easily-used identification details linked to photographs. Each bird entry includes: appearance, colour and distinctive features; and information on juveniles, range and habitat, nests, call and breeding sites. In addition, an introduction covers general information on plumage,... Read more


28. A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America
by Steve N.G. Howell, Sophie Webb
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Oxford University Press
Paperback - 868 pages
(March 1995)

Oxford University Press

Synopsis
This new field guide covers the 1070 bird species, including North American migrants, known to inhabit Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and western Nicaragua. More than 180 species are endemic to this region. Richly illustrated with colour plates and additional black-and-white... Read more


29. Newman's Birds of Southern Africa
by Kenneth Newman
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Southern Book Publishers
Paperback - 510 pages
( 1 January, 1999)

Southern Book Publishers

Synopsis
This field guide illustrates and describes all the birds recorded from the Antarctic to the Zambezi. Its range includes the birds of the southern seas, as well as those of Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Mozambique. An introduction takes the reader step-by-step through... Read more


30. Bats of the British Isles
by Tony Wardaugh
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Shire Publications Ltd
Paperback - 24 pages
(December 1990)

Shire Publications Ltd


31. Collins Field Guide: Birds of Australia
by Graham Pizzey, Frank Knight (Illustrator)
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HarperCollins Natural History
Paperback - 576 pages
( 2 November, 1998)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
A handbook of Australian birds containing information on 778 species of birds. Identification features are highlighted in the text and illustrations help birdwatchers distinguish similar species. Details of breeding and nesting habits, voice characteristics and habitats are also included. Read more


32. RSPB New Birdfeeder Handbook
by Robert Burton
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Dorling Kindersley
Hardcover - 224 pages
( 6 April, 2000)

Dorling Kindersley

Synopsis
This is a complete guide to attracting and observing garden birds, with tips on creating a bird-friendly environment with imaginative use of garden design and plant selection. It is also a photographic directory identifying features of more than 60 common garden birds. Read more


33. Garden Birds Songs and Calls
by Geoff Sample
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HarperCollins Natural History
Hardcover - 32 pages
( 3 April, 2000)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
The CD includes over 60 minutes of digitally recorded sound and covers 40 of the most common and vocal garden birds. Each recording is introduced by the author with a voice-over that gives a brief interpretation of the song or call. The booklet included contains details of each recording and also... Read more


34. Chamberlain's Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands
by Ian Sinclair, et al
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Struik Publishers
Paperback - 176 pages
( 1 July, 1998)

Struik Publishers

Synopsis
Following in the format of "Sasol Birds of Southern Africa", this guide presents all the birds of Madagascar and the other Indian Ocean islands (Seychelles, Reunion, Mauritius and Mascarenes), a great many species of which are endemic to these islands. In field guide form, this text presents concise... Read more


35. Where to Watch Birds in North and East Spain
by Michael Rebane, Stephen Message (Illustrator)
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Christopher Helm
Paperback - 295 pages
(20 May, 1999)

Christopher Helm

Synopsis
North and east Spain embraces an impressive range of habitats from the Pyrenees to the sun-drenched Catalan coast. As a consequence the area is rich in birdlife and full of potential for visiting birders. The 189 sites are described in terms of habitat, access and the species to be seen. The 104... Read more


36. A Field Guide to the Birds of China
by John MacKinnon, et al
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Oxford University Press
Paperback - 600 pages
(31 May, 2000)

Oxford University Press

Synopsis
China is one of the largest countries in the world, covering 7 per cent of the earth's land surface, and encompassing a hugely diverse range of habitats. As a result it boasts a rich and diverse avifauna, including some of the most spectacular and fascinating birds to be found anywhere in the world.... Read more


37. Collins Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Southern Africa
by Ber van Perlo
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HarperCollins Natural History
Paperback - 400 pages
( 7 June, 1999)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
This field guide illustrates and describes every species of bird found in the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Angola (including Cabinda). Featuring over 1250 species, the text details the kind of habitat the birds are found in, key... Read more


38. Falconry for Beginners
by Lee Williams Harris
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Swan Hill Press
Hardcover - 160 pages
( 6 October, 1998)

Swan Hill Press

Synopsis
A guide to all aspects of raptor ownership. Topics covered by the author include: buying your first bird; daily management; general health care; potential illnesses; diet; cost and game laws. The realities of pursuing falconry as a sport are also stressed. Read more


39. Collins Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Eastern Africa
by Ber Van Perlo
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HarperCollins Natural History
Paperback - 224 pages
(September 1995)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
East Africa is one of the only places in the world where it is possible to see over 200 species of bird in one day. This richness has attracted bird watchers from the four corners of the world and has made Kenya and Tanzania the most popular wildlife tourist spots in the world. This book illustrates... Read more


40. Bill Oddie's Little Black Bird Book
by Bill Oddie
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Robson Books Ltd
Paperback - 148 pages
(30 March, 1995)

Robson Books Ltd


41. Birds of the Middle East
by R.F. Porter, et al
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T & AD Poyser (UK)
Hardcover - 350 pages
(September 1996)

T & AD Poyser (UK)

Book Description
This new book is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this region, including both the indigenous species and those which pass through it on their migrations between the Palearctic and Africa. Over 700 species are described in concise texts giving full details of... Read more


42. Collins Field Guide: Bird Call Identification (with Audio-CD)
by Geoff Sample
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HarperCollins Natural History
Hardcover
( 6 April, 1998)

HarperCollins Natural History

Synopsis
In "Collins Field Guide to Bird Songs and Calls", Geoff Sample introduced a way of helping to identify bird songs. In this companion volume he covers a further 130 species and helps the reader to identify some of the trickier and rarer species. Each group is grouped together on the basis of what... Read more


43. A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela
by Rodolphe Meyer De Schauensee, William H. Phelps Jr
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Princeton University Press
Paperback - 528 pages
( 1 July, 1992)

Princeton University Press


44. A Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies (Peterson Field Guides)
by James Bond, et al
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Houghton Mifflin Company
Paperback
(September 1999)

Houghton Mifflin Company

Synopsis
Describes more than four hundred species of birds and includes information on range and habitat. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more


45. A Field Guide to the Raptors of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa
by William S. Clark, N. John Schmitt (Illustrator)
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Oxford University Press
Paperback - 396 pages
(20 March, 1999)

Oxford University Press

Synopsis
The birds of prey must rank among the most imposing birds to be found anywhere in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. In this guide, the author presents the latest information on tried and tested field marks for identifying the diurnal raptors, both perched and in flight. Forty-eight colour... Read more


46. A Field Guide to the Birds of the Gambia and Senegal
by Clive Barlow, Tony Disley (Illustrator)
Temporarily out of stock
The Pica Press
Hardcover - 408 pages
(September 1997)

The Pica Press

Synopsis
This field guide covers the area of the Gambia, a country which is very popular with a large number of birders. The Gambia shelters many migrants from the Western Palearctic, from September to April, as well as having a significant list of resident West African birds. The guide also covers Senegal,... Read more


47. Field Guide to the Birds of Britain
by Reader's Digest Association
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Reader's Digest
Hardcover - 320 pages
(April 1981)

Reader's Digest

Synopsis
This guide provides over 300 recognition profiles of British birds. Each one is accompanied by a drawing, a photograph and descriptive text. Read more


48. The Hamlyn Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe
by Bertel Brunn, et al
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Hamlyn
Paperback - 320 pages
(30 April, 1992)

Hamlyn

Synopsis
Incorporating new illustrations and introduction, this is a new edition of this guide to more than 530 European birds, with distribution maps and descriptions of all species regularly present in Europe. Read more


49. A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas : Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador
by Ernest Preston Edwards, Edward Murrell Butler (Illustrator)
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University of Texas Press
Paperback - 288 pages
(July 1998)

University of Texas Press


50. The Raptors of Europe and the Middle East
by Dick Forsman
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T & AD Poyser (UK)
Paperback - 608 pages
(15 August, 1998)

T & AD Poyser (UK)

Synopsis
This volume presents a comprehensive guide for the recognition of the diurnal raptors of Europe and the Middle East. Photographs demonstrate the plumage of each age and sex class of every species found in Europe and the Middle East. Line drawings focus on particular identification details and are... Read more


 

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