Bird field guides – an essential bit of equipment

You will find that as your birdwatching hobby takes off you will accumulate a collection of bird field guides. You will start off with a field guide to the birds of Britain, for example, which will be great until a newer field guide to Britain comes out. After adding that to your collection you will then add a field guide to the birds of Europe or perhaps Spain. This is how it goes and there is nothing wrong with it apart from that special person who you share your life with who will be frowning and saying something along the lines of “not another bird book.”

You will find that some countries have numerous field guides available while you may need to do some research to find something useful for another country. I recommend that you always use a recently published field guide for several reasons:

• Updated distribution maps
• Updated texts
• It will use the latest names for the birds
• Entries for new species will have been added

I will be adding links to my reviews of field guides to this page over time so keep coming back to see what’s new.

Reviews of bird field guides

Birds of Britain and Europe – 6th edition by Rob Hume

Birds of Britain

This is a beautiful publication that will suit most birders living in, or visiting, Britain or Europe. It does have a few flaws and it may not be the best book for those who are looking to see less common species.

 Read the rest of my review of “Birds of Britain and Europe – 6th edition by Rob Hume.”

Stuarts’ Field Guide to National Parks & Game Reserves of East Africa

Cover of National Parks and Game Reserves of East AfricaThis book is a great aid to planning a birdwatching trip to East Africa. It is definitely not a field guide to the region, and you will probably want to skip the sections that talk about boring things such as lions, leopards, and elephants. Read the full review here.



Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America

Cover of Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America – 7th Edition

The name Roger Tory Peterson is synonymous with birdwatching in North America. He was a pioneer in the publication of practical field guides to birds and other animals. Although he passed away in 1996 his works continue to be revised and published. Read the rest of the review here.