Recommended bird field guides (and some apps) for all countries of the seven continents and islands

Field Guides to Australasia and Oceania: what to take into the field

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New Guinea: Birds of New Guinea (Pratt et al.). Hooray, the second edition is now out and is AMAZING! Please buy it, whether or not you’re planning a trip to…

Field Guides to Europe: what to take into the field

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Collins (or the Princeton version, Birds of Europe) has been the standard in field guides for some time, and this second edition goes from strength to strength. The ...

Field Guides to North America: what to take into the field

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Field guides covering North America, in this context, include Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 48 of the United States. It does not include Hawaii, Greenland, Bermuda ...

Field Guides to the Neotropics: what to take into the field

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Birds of Mexico and northern Central America (Steve N.G. Howell and Sophie Webb). Though this book is almost twenty years old, it still stands up ...

Field Guides to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean: what to take into the field

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A Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife (Shirihai). This is the second edition, and, as the name implies, it is very complete. All the bird species from ...

Field guides to Asia: what to take into the field

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Birds of the Middle East (Porter and Aspinall). This book covers Turkey, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, and the Saudi Peninsula. It has very good plates ...

Field guides to Africa and Madagascar: what to take into the field

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Collins Bird Guide/Birds of Europe (Svensson, Mullarney and Zetterström). This guide is the best for North Africa. It covers Morocco east to Egypt...