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Florida is one of the most popular birding destinations in the Western Hemisphere, and it is well-served by the most popular birdfinding guide ever published, Bill Pranty’s A Birder’s Guide to Florida, released in 1996.

For international birders Florida offers an accessible, comfortable introduction to subtropical birding. North American birders savor Florida as the place to see species not found elsewhere in the U.S. or Canada, such as Snail Kite, Short-tailed Hawk, Black-hooded Parakeet, Mangrove Cuckoo, Black-whiskered Vireo, or Florida Scrub-Jay. These are but a few of the Florida specialties that make a trip to the Sunshine State such an exciting adventure for birders.

Bill Pranty, with the help of dozens of the state’s birders, has now rewritten his acclaimed fourth edition. More than 330 birding sites are described, and more than 400 species accounts are now included.

The comprehensive introduction to A Birder’s Guide to Florida helps birders to understand seasonal bird distribution in the state’s various habitats. Whether you are hoping to see fairly common birds such as the White-crowned Pigeon or are searching for elusive birds such as a Black Rail, or wish to be surprised by the discovery of an unconventional bird such as Scaly-headed Parrot, this birdfinding guide and your field guide are the only books you’ll need!
Price: $29.95
This is the completely revised eighth edition of Australia's best-selling field guide, with close to 600,000 copies sold. In 132 color plates of remarkable beauty and precision, Nicolas Day captures the details of more than 770 of Australia's birds. Succinct text by Ken Simpson and other experts gives key points of identification for every species, as well as information about the birds' abundance and patterns of movement. Detailed color distribution maps accompany the species text.

This updated edition includes three replacement plates, twelve additional rare species, taxonomic revisions, and additional color as well as black-and-white illustrations. The Vagrant Bird Bulletin contains illustrations and a map for all rare species. A useful breeding summary for every species gives immediate information regarding their annual breeding cycles.

All readers, whether beginning or experienced birdwatchers, ornithologists, students, or travelers, will find Birds of Australia an unrivaled companion for discovering the unique birdlife of this remarkable continent.

• 132 superb full-color plates

• More than 900 black-and-white line illustrations

• Updated with 3 replacement plates, 12 additional rare species, taxonomic revisions, and expanded illustrations

• Vagrant Bird Bulletin with illustrations and a map for all rare species
Price: $39.95


This is the essential new field guide to the birds of Chile. Representing a great diversity of habitats, from the Andes in the north down to the tundra and sub-Antarctic rainforest of Tierra del Fuego in the far south, Chile is the breeding ground or temporary abode of 473 known species including 9 found nowhere else in the world. Birds of Chile covers them all, embracing not only the mainland but points offshore such as Easter Island as well as the Antarctic Peninsula and adjacent islands, plus the Falklands and South Georgia. In addition to being a friendly and fruitful birding destination in its own right, Chile is the starting point for many Antarctic cruises.

Succinct, identification-focused text and distribution maps share a page opposite each of the 97 color plates to allow quick and easy reference. Between the boldfaced English name and the scientific name comes the Spanish name as used in Chile; this is important, for birders will find their quest far more enjoyable and effectual if they can explain to Chileans exactly what they are looking at, think they are looking at, or hope to be looking at.

Since Chile's list of resident species is yet far from conclusive, vagrants and rarities are also included. Indeed, some birds once thought to be accidentals in Chile have since proved to be regulars, including the Westland Petrel, Least Sandpiper, Cliff Swallow, and Golden-billed Saltator. Compact, comprehensive, and easy to use, Birds of Chile is the essential field guide to the birds of this spectacular and tourist-friendly country.

Price: $44.95
A Field Guide

Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean

Illustrated by Robert Dean

416 pages, 5 x 7 3/4 full-color illustrations, maps


April 2007

ISBN 0-8014-7373-X

Price: $37.95

"If you are birding in Europe, you must have this guide. It should be on the shelf of many North American bird watchers, especially those who live along the Atlantic coast, where many European birds are found. It should also be in the library of anyone who collects field guides, if for no reason other than you can occasionally take it down and be reminded of what is possible when art and design and purpose are treated as equal parts of a final product."—Bird Watcher's Digest

Since it was first published a decade ago, Birds of Europe has become the definitive field guide to the diverse birdlife found in Europe. Now this superb guide has been brought fully up to date with revised text and maps along with added illustrations. Uniquely designed for easy use in the field, this expanded edition covers all 722 species found in the region as well as 23 introduced species or variants and 103 very rare visitors. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, voice, habitat, range, and size. More than 3,500 full-color illustrations depict every species and all major plumage variations, and color distribution maps provide breeding, wintering, and migration ranges for every species.

Complete with an introduction to each group of birds that addresses major problems of observation and identification, this new edition is the ultimate field guide to Europe's fascinating birdlife.

• Expanded and fully updated

• Covers all 722 species found in Europe, 23 introduced species or variants, and 103 very rare visitors

• Features more than 3,500 color illustrations that depict every species

• Includes detailed species accounts

• Provides color distribution maps for every species

• Color plates face text and maps for at-a-glance identification
Price: $29.95
Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings

Norman Arlott

240 pages, 5 x 7 1/2 full-color illustrations, maps

Princeton University Press

August 2007

ISBN 0-691-13372-7

Price: $29.95

Birds of Mexico and Central America is the only field guide to illustrate and describe every species of bird in Central America from Mexico to Panama, including Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Written and illustrated by Ber van Perlo, this handsome work covers more than 1,500 species.

Information on key identification features, habitats, songs, and calls is included as are distribution maps showing each species' location and prevalence. Enhanced with ninety-eight color plates, the book provides illustrations of all plumages for the adult males and females as well as the juveniles of each species. Illustrations appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference.

Comprehensive and highly portable, this guide is a must for any birdwatcher visiting the region.

• More than 1,500 species described and illustrated

• Information on key identification features, habitat, and songs and calls

• Distribution maps showing each species' location and prevalence

• llustrations of all plumages for each species

• 98 color plates, which appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference

• Comprehensive and highly portable

• A must for all birdwatchers visiting the region
Price: $34.95
From the wet evergreen forests and alpine peaks of the Himalayas, to the Thar Desert and the vast wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural habitats that stretch to New Delhi and beyond, northern India is a diverse and welcoming paradise for birders and ecotourists. This field guide provides a concise, fully illustrated introduction to the region's known species.

Species that occur regularly are illustrated on 120 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India. Just a few of the most spectacular or very big birds include the Himalayan Snowcock, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Crested Kingfisher, Blue-Bearded Bee-eater, and Chestnut-winged Cuckoo. The illustrations show distinctive sexual and racial variations whenever possible, as well as immature plumages. Succinct entries on the facing pages highlight plumage, body length and other visible identification traits, voice, altitudinal range and habitats, distribution, and status. Thirty-five of the region's species are threatened with global extinction, in particular the White-rumped Vulture, Siberian Crane, Forest Owlet, Pink-headed Duck, and Himalayan Quail. Introductory sections cover the region's geography and ecology, ten choice birdwatching areas among the many in northern India, plus conservation and general birding advice. Unusually detailed distribution maps are also included, and an appendix describes vagrants and rare species. Anyone contemplating a visit to this accessible, bird-rich region of the subcontinent will want this compact and user-friendly guide.
Price: $34.95

Birds of Peru is the most complete and authoritative field guide to this diverse, neotropical landscape. It features every one of Peru's 1,817 bird species and shows the distinct plumages of each in 307 superb, high-quality color plates. Concise descriptions and color distribution maps are located opposite the plates, making this book much easier to use in the field than standard neotropical field guides. This fully revised paperback edition includes twenty-five additional species.

• A comprehensive guide to all 1,817 species found in Peru—one fifth of the world's birds—with subspecies, sexes, age classes, and morphs fully illustrated

• Designed especially for field use, with vivid descriptive information and helpful identification tips opposite color plates

• Detailed species accounts, including a full-color distribution map

• Includes 25 additional species not covered in the first edition

• Features 3 entirely new plates and more than 25 additional illustrations
Price: $49.95
Here in an easy-to-use format is the first guide to the nearly 1,300 species of non-passerine South American birds. It complements Robert Ridgly and Guy Tudor's large reference volumes on the passerines (1,800 species), which will soon be available in a single-volume field guide format.

One of things that makes this book special is its use of masterful and alluring illustrations; most neotropical birders will want the book for the illustrations alone. The text concentrates on the key identification features of each species and follows the layout of other books in this series. The book may be used in conjunction with regional and country field guides.

• First guide to nearly 1,300 species

• Easy-to-use format

• Complements volumes on passerine birds

• Contains key identification features

• More than 150 color illustrations

• More than 1,270 maps
Price: $29.95



Princeton Field Guides: Birds

Princeton Field Guides: Birds of Southeast Asia


Craig Robson

$ 35.00,   paper with plastic jacket

304 pages, 6 x 8 3/8
full-color illustrations

Princeton University Press

September 2005

ISBN 0-691-12435-3

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This concise, updated edition of the award-winning A Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia (Princeton, 2000) is the most comprehensive, compact guide to this magnificent bird-rich region. It is a complete field and reference guide to the birds of Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. It also covers a wide range of species found in the Indian subcontinent, China, Taiwan, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Borneo, and the Philippines.

• More than 140 full-color plates

• All 1,270 species covered in detail

• Up-to-date text covers the identification, voice, habitat, behavior, and range of all the region's species and distinctive subspecies

• Complete coverage of some fifteen Southeast Asian countries and regions


Price: $39.95
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "If you are headed to southern Africa for the first time, you can put this in your pocket and take it into the field, and it will give you an excellent overview."—Stuart Keith, Birding

Birds of Southern Africa surpasses other field guides to the region by illustrating and describing all 1,250 bird species of South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. In addition, this is the only guide to illustrate the birds of Angola (including Cabinda), whose river basins and rocky hillsides are home to the striking White-headed Robin Chat and the Angolan Cave Chat. The 84 color plates group similar species and subspecies and also depict vagrants and ocean wanderers that appear in this huge region characterized by widely varying habitats, from woodlands and forests to deserts to swamps. The text directly opposite the plates concisely describes each bird's habitat and key physical, behavioral, and vocal characteristics. All the larks are shown perching as well as in flight, and every swallow is pictured in flight from below. The most distinctive immature and nonbreeding plumages are included, and distribution maps show the range and frequency of each species. This is an essential guide for any birder contemplating a trip to southern Africa.

• The only field guide to illustrate every bird species of South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Angola (including Cabinda)

• 1,250 species illustrated on 84 color plates

• Buzzards to bustards, flufftails to flycatchers, penguins to pipits, and many more

• Informative notes directly opposite illustrations succinctly describe each bird's habitat and key physical, behavioral, and vocal characteristics

• Female or juvenile shown for many species in addition to adult male

• Subspecies and color variants included

• Shaded maps showing range and frequency of each species
Price: $34.95

Birds of Southern Africa continues to be the best and most authoritative guide to the bird species of this remarkable region. This fully revised edition covers all birds found in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and southern Mozambique. The 213 dazzling color plates depict more than 950 species and are accompanied by more than 950 color maps and detailed facing text.

This edition includes new identification information on behavior and habitat, updated taxonomy, additional artwork, improved raptor and wader plates with flight images for each species, up-to-date distribution maps reflecting resident and migrant species, and calendar bars indicating occurrence throughout the year and breeding months.

• Fully updated and revised

• 213 color plates featuring more than 950 species

• 950+ color maps and over 380 new improved illustrations

• Up-to-date distribution maps show the relative abundance of a species in the region and indicate resident or migrant status

• New identification information on behavior and habitat

• Taxonomy includes relevant species lumps and splits

• Raptor and wader plates with flight images for each species

• Calendar bars indicate occurrence throughout the year and breeding months.
Price: $34.95
"Birds of the West Indies is the perfect companion for birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and holiday-seekers interested in this area of the world."—Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report

"A real treasure. . . . Simple and simply beautiful . . . this is the bird book that every West Indies visitor, birders and vacationers alike, will want to have in hand."—Robert Mortenson, Idaho Birding blog

The West Indies, stretching from Grand Bahama in the north to Grenada in the south, is home to more than 550 bird species. Birds of the West Indies is the complete guide for identifying all of the diverse birds in these island territories. The guide's 80 vivid color plates are accompanied by succinct text focusing on key field-identification characteristics, and distribution maps for all species are conveniently located at the back of the guide for handy reference.

• 80 color plates featuring more than 550 bird species

• Concise text concentrates on field-identification characteristics

• Detailed distribution maps for each species

• Easy-to-use and accessible--the ideal field guide
Price: $24.95

Des Bahamas à la Barbade, en passant par Cuba, la République dominicaine, la Martinique ou la Jamaïque, Les oiseaux des Antilles constituent un véritable passeport donnant accès aux 564 espèces d'oiseaux présentes dans cette région tropicale si riche et si méconnue. Facile à consulter, bien illustré, voici enfin le guide qui comblera tous les passionnés, des débutants aux experts: - Illustrations couleur de qualité exceptionnelle - Textes clairs et concis - Rubriques bien documentées (identification, voix, présence, habitat) - Cartes de distribution en couleur - Noms français, anglais, scientifiques et espagnols - Description de TOUTES les espèces présentes à un moment ou l'autre de l'année dans l'ensemble de l'archipel des Antilles
Price: $29.95
Owls of the United States and Canada A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

Wayne Lynch

242 pages, 9 1/4 x 11 1/4 full-color photographs, maps

Johns Hopkins University Press

November 2007

ISBN 0-8018-8687-2

Price: $44.95