Europe’s Birds: An Identification Guide


Europe’s Birds: An Identification Guide Authors: , , , Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Princeton University Press View more from this series: WILDGuides Series Pages: 640 Illustrations and other contents: 4,700 color photos + 540 maps Language: English ISBN: 9780691177656 Categories: , , Tag:

Europe’s Birds: An Identification Guide is an easy to use, practical and accessible guide to the birds of Europe.  Covering more than 900 species, and illustrated with over 3,800 photographs, this is the most comprehensive, authoritative and ambitious single-volume photographic guide to Europe’s birds ever produced.

Detailed descriptions provide the information necessary to identify the birds of Europe in all their plumages-male, female, breeding, non-breeding, adult and immatures, as well as distinctive subspecies. Birdwatchers of any ability will benefit from the clear text, details on range, status and habitat, and an unrivalled selection of photographs. Chosen to be as naturalistic and informative as possible, the images are also stunning to look at, making this a beautiful book to enjoy, as well as an up-to-date and essential source of identification knowledge. Europe’s Birds is produced by the same team that created Britain’s Birds, which has been described as “without doubt the best photo guide on the market” (Andy Stoddart, Rare Bird Alert).

From the authors of the acclaimed Britain’s Birds and including top-class wildlife photographers, writers and editors, and an imaginative, highly skilled designer. All are experienced birdwatchers themselves, who know what is needed and what is useful in an identification guide for birdwatchers living or travelling in Europe.

  • Covers all 914 species ever recorded in Europe, including established introductions
  • Describes all distinctive plumages and subspecies
  • Provides details of vocalizations, flight action and favoured habitats
  • Features more than 3,800 photographs, including comparison pages of birds in flight
  • Includes 540 maps, prepared in association with BirdLife International
  • Enables direct comparison of similar species
Weight1.6 kg


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"The book brings the quality of the genre to a new high. "---Ian (DIM) Wallace, Honorary Life President of Flamborough Ornithological Group, and contributing author to The Birds of the Western Palearctic, "It's impossible to see how this latest WILDGuide can be anything but another winning-formula best seller. . . . The quality of the photographs from 350 worldwide photographers displayed in Europe's Birds is mostly stunning, exceptional or simply the best on offer. . . . Open to birdwatchers of all abilities and experience with many, many pages to simply enjoy or from which to verify, learn or check understanding - there is something for everyone."---Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog

Author Biography

Rob Hume, a freelance writer and editor for forty years, edited Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) publications from 1983 to 2009, was Chairman of the British Birds Rarities Committee, has more than thirty books to his credit and has travelled widely in search of birds. Robert Still, the cofounder and publishing director of WILDGuides, is an ecologist and widely travelled naturalist. His design philosophy and exceptional skills in computer graphics have been crucial to the concept, development and production of all the WILDGuides natural history books. Andy Swash has been involved professionally in nature conservation since 1977, and is cofounder and managing director of WILDGuides. An author, editor and renowned wildlife photographer, he leads photographic tours worldwide, and has devised, coauthored and edited many books. Hugh Harrop, an award-winning photographer and founder of the ecotourism business Shetland Wildlife, is one of Shetland's top birder and naturalists. His photographs have been published throughout Europe and North America.