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The Secret Lives of Puffins

by Dominic Couzens & Mark Sisson

Puffins are among the most instantly recognisable, iconic and well loved of birds. For many they are a highlight of the UK's summer coastline and their colourful appearance, comedy antics and approachability...

Woodpeckers of the World: The Complete Guide

by Gerard Gorman

Woodpeckers remain one of the most popular families of birds, and they are certainly one of the more unusual. Their legendary ability to excavate holes in wood is well known, and they are uniquely adapted for...

Warblers of Europe, Asia and North Africa

by Kevin Baker

Warblers are the archetypal "little brown birds" that pose so many identification problems for birdwatchers. These problems are sometimes complicated by the fact that not all warblers are brown and small; some...

Kingfishers, Bee-Eaters and Rollers

by C. Hilary Fry & Kathie Fry

Dazzling in their beauty, many of the 123 species of kingfisher, bee-eater and roller are very poorly known. This reference provides a review of the group showing every species, all the main races and most sex...

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Birds . . . But Were Afraid to Ask

by Stephen Moss

This RSPB-endorsed book answers all those burning questions aboutbirds that beginners and experts alike may ask themselves as they goabout their birding. How do ducks keep their feet from freezing inwinter?...

Crows and Jays

by Steve Madge & Hilary Burn

In no other group of perching birds has evolution produced such a degree of variation as in the 120 species of crows and jays that inhabit the world today. They range from the tiny Hume's Ground-jay of the steppe-highlands...

Tracks and Signs of the Birds of Britain and Europe

by David Lees & John Ferguson

Featuring updated data for this second edition, this is a field guideto the tracks and signs of European birds. It describes, with colourillustrations, the many physical signs that can be found in the field.From...

Nightjars: A Guide to Nightjars and Related Birds

by Nigel Cleere & Dave Nurney

The nightjars and their allies are amongst the most difficult of all birds to identify. Being strictly nocturnal and cryptically patterned in shades of brown, it is often necessary to rely on size, shape, habitat...


by Peter Clement & Ren Hathway

This book is devoted to the 162 species of thrush, one of the most widespread and well-known families of birds in the world. Identification and distribution are fully covered and the description makes reference...

Skuas and Jaegers

by Klaus Malling Olsen & Hans Larsson

Skuas are a wide-ranging group of seabirds; some are found as far south as the Antarctic and others in the Arctic regions of the world. They are one of the most challenging groups of birds to identify because...


by Hans Winkler & David A. Christie

Like the other guides in the acclaimed series of International Bird Identification guides originated by Christopher Helm, Woodpeckers is comprehensive and definitive. It covers all 198 species of woodpeckers...

Buntings and Sparrows

by Clive Byers & Urban Olsson

Covers all the buntings (Palearctic) and sparrows (Nearctic) - 108 species - of the Holarctic region. These birds are members of the sub-family emberizinae, and are represented in nearly every habitat in the...

Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills of the World

by James Hancock & James A. Kushlan

Some of the world's largest and most spectacular birds are to be found among this group of wading birds. Tragically, they also include many of the world's most endangered species, as changes in land use erode...

The Herons Handbook

by James Hancock & James A. Kushlan

In this book, the only complete review of the world's herons currently in print, James Hancock distills his knowledge into a concise review of all 47 species and recognized subspecies. The text comprises a thumbnail...

New World Warblers

by Jon Curson & David Beadle

Following the same format as other book in the series, this guide to North American wood warblers, the parulinae, looks at their distribution throughout the USA and into Central and South America. It contains...

A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada

by James D. Rising & David D. Beadle

While good general guides to North American birds are widely available, these days careful and avid birders require the most specialised information on bird identification, especially for the more complex species...

Shrikes and Bush-Shrikes: Including Wood-Shrikes, Helmet-Shrikes, Shrike Flycatchers, Philentomas, Batises and Wattle-Eyes

by Tony Harris & Kim Franklin

Covering the identification, biology and relationships of all true shrikes, bush-shrikes, helmet-shrikes, wood-shrikes, shrike flycatchers, philentomas, batises and wattle-eyes this book offers information on...

Tits, Nuthatches and Treecreepers

by Simon Harrap & David Quinn

The chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and treecreepers include some of the best-known birds in the world. They also number among them some species so rare that they have been seen by only a handful of birdwatchers....

The Biggest Twitch: Around the World in 4,000 Birds

by Alan Davies & Ruth Miller

Most people dream of packing in their humdrum city life, selling up andheading off into the unknown for a life of adventure. For Ruth Millerand Alan Davies this dream became a reality, albeit with a twist; theydecided...

A Handbook to the Swallows and Martins of the World

by Angela Turner & Chris Rose

This reference guide gives general details about the swallows and martins of the world. These include appearance, the basic coloration and differences between the sexes and immatures and the function of other...