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While many dedicated birders believe you can never have too many field guides, if you need to choose just one or two, these detailed reviews can help. Each review discusses the pros and cons of the guide for both novice and expert birders at home and in the field, with a list of essential details for easy comparison between guides.

The Warbler Guide
If you love warblers, you'll love The Warbler Guide and all the amazing information it contains on North American warblers. Comprehensive and detailed, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in warblers.

Nature Guide: Birds
Get an inside, intimate look at birds around the world with this colorful, richly illustrated guide. Nature Guide: Birds is filled with fascinating details about more than 300 bird species, perfect for both novice and experienced birders to explore.

The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland
Get a personal, insightful look at British and Irish birds with The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland. Colorful composite plates bring flocks of birds to life, and engaging text offers more information for proper identification and improving your birding skills.

Penguins: Natural History and Conservation
Penguins can't be protected without data to back up the importance of conservation measures, and this analytical guide is a wealth of data to do just that. Includes all 18 penguin species and discussions of the past, present and future threats these unique birds face.

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hawai'i
Visiting Hawai'i is an amazing opportunity, but don't go without a field guide! This casual guide covers all the regular birds of the islands and offers not only identification clues, but fascinating history and ecology to help any visitor better appreciate Hawaiian birds.

When to Update Your Field Guide
Tips for choosing when to update your field guide, including how a new guide can improve birding skills and rejuvenate interest in birding.

Field Guide or Identification Guide?
Do you need a field guide or identification guide? What's the difference? Learn about the different types of bird guides so you can choose the best books for your birding library.

The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors
Discover raptors all over again with The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors and its intuitive approach to bird identification, and don't miss the "mystery" photo composite plates to test your skills!

The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds
Review of "The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds" (2011) by Richard Crossley, with an analysis of birding field and reference use.

Birds of North America and Greenland
Covering all the birds in a large region is a challenge, but "Birds of North America and Greenland" does it beautifully with clear illustrations and concise text for the more than 900 species in the region, making this field guide perfect for travel.

Birds of the West Indies
Are you taking a cruise or visiting a Caribbean resort? "Birds of the West Indies" (2010) is an ideal guide for casually traveling birders and a necessary resource to enjoy Caribbean birds.

Birds of Aruba, Curaçao & Bonaire
Anyone planning a getaway on Aruba, Curaçao or Bonaire won't want to be without this handy, convenient field guide for this trio of avian-rich islands.

Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guide Series)
Review of "Hummingbirds of North America" (2002) by Sheri L. Williamson, part of the Peterson Field Guide Series, with a discussion of both field and reference use.

Hummingbirds of North America: The Photographic Guide
Review of "Hummingbirds of North America: The Photographic Guide" (2003) by Steve N. G. Howell, with an analysis of use as a reference and field guide.

Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
Field guide review of "Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America" (2000) by Kenn Kaufman, with an analysis of birding field use.

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Comprehensive but still compact, the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America is one of the leading birding field guides for good reason. Learn if this illustrated guide is right for your birding needs.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America
Field guide review of "Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America" (2010) by Roger Tory Peterson, with an analysis of birding field and reference use.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
Field guide review of "Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America" (2010) by Roger Tory Peterson, with an analysis of birding field and reference use.

The Sibley Guide to Birds
Field guide review of "The Sibley Guide to Birds" (2000) by David Allen Sibley, with an analysis of birding field use and reference use.

Sparrows of the United States and Canada
If trying to identify sparrows, juncos, towhees, longspurs and buntings gives you fits, "Sparrows of the United States and Canada: The Photographic Guide" can be the perfect tool to sharpen your birding skills. Packed with clear photos and informative text, this is the perfect book for learning about LBJs.

The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Field guide review of "The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America" (2010) by Donald and Lillian Stokes, with an analysis of birding field use and reference use.

Stokes Field Guide to Warblers
If you have trouble identifying warblers, the "Stokes Field Guide to Warblers" (2004) is the ideal field guide to help. Packed with easy-to-read information and arranged in a convenient format, this is one guide no birder should be without.

Pocket Naturalist Guides
Field guide review of the "Pocket Naturalist Guide" series from Waterford Press, with an analysis of field and reference use.

Birds of Australia: Eighth Edition
Review of "Birds of Australia: Eighth Edition" (2010) by Ken Simpson and Nicolas Day, with a discussion of both field and reference use.

Wildlife of Australia
A more casual field guide, Wildlife of Australia not only covers 350 birds, but also dozens of mammals, reptiles and frogs, making it a compact and informative guide for all the region's wildlife for casual birders or a vacation to Australia.

Birds of Europe: Second Edition
Field guide review of "Birds of Europe: Second Edition" (2010) by Lars Svensson et al., with an analysis of field and reference use.

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India
India is filled with flocks of exotic birds, and "A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India" is a good starter guide for anyone who has never birded in the Indian subcontinent. While some photos can be disappointing, this guide is still filled with useful information.

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Jamaica
Field guide review of "A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Jamaica" (2009) by Ann Haynes-Sutton, Audrey Downer and Robert Sutton, with an analysis of both field and reference use.

Birds of Southern Africa
It's amazing that more than 1,200 bird species can be covered in as small and compact a field guide as Birds of Southern Africa, but covered they are, with full-color plates, brief text, range maps and other information useful to any birder visiting the region.

Birds of Peru
A hefty volume covering more than 1,800 birds, "Birds of Peru" is an outstanding field guide for this highly coveted birding destination. Colorful and thorough, this field guide belongs on every birder's bookshelf.

Birds of Southern Africa: Fourth Edition
Anyone traveling to southern Africa will need a comprehensive field guide, and "Birds of Southern Africa: Fourth Edition" covers more than 950 species in the region with stunning color illustrations, informative text and color-coded range maps.

Birds of the Middle East: Second Edition
"Birds of the Middle East: Second Edition" (2010) is an ideal field guide for any birder in the Middle East, with coverage of more than 800 species in rich detail.

Cotingas and Manakins
Learn more about some of the most colorful and beautiful birds in Central and South America in Cotingas and Manakins, the definitive resource about these unique birds. Includes both illustrations and photographs for a birding visual treat.

Nightjars of the World
Learn about some of the world's most camouflaged, elusive birds with "Nightjars, Potoos, Frogmouths, Oilbird and Owlet-Nightjars of the World" (2010), a definitive guide featuring hundreds of photos.

Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide
If you love owls, you'll love "Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide" (2012) by Heimo Mikkola. This comprehensive book covers 249 owl species with exceptional photography and detailed information.

Parrots of the World
If you love parrots, you'll love "Parrots of the World" (2010). This colorful and attractive field guide is a comprehensive reference for all the world's parrots, including a selection of now extinct parrot species.

Petrels, Albatrosses and Storm-Petrels of North America
Seabirds are always challenging to identify, and the tubenoses are some of the most confusing. Ease that confusion with Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide, the most definitive book of its kind about the northern tubenoses.

Backyard Birds of... Field Guide Series
What birds are most common in your state, and are they visiting your backyard? The "Backyard Birds" field guide series can help you attract and identify the most common birds in your region.

Birds of Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Central and West Pacific
If you're traveling anywhere around the central, western or southern Pacific Ocean, this should be your go-to field guide: concise, compact and thorough, it's a must-have for well-traveled birders.

Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia: A Photographic Guide
Anyone who has trouble with shorebirds can rely on the expertise of Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia: A Photographic Guide to help guide them through different plumages, ranges and other key characteristics of these birds. Covers all shorebirds of the Northern Hemisphere in great detail and with wonderful, not-to-be-missed photography.

A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
Birders traveling to New Zealand should be sure to add "A Field Guide to Birds of New Zealand" to their field bags, and they won't be disappointed. In addition to covering more than 350 bird species, this compact guide offers hotspot suggestions, tour company listings and other details to help birders appreciate all the birds this unique nation has to offer.

Penguin-Pedia
Anything you want to know about penguins, you'll find in "Penguin-Pedia" including comprehensive reviews of all penguin species, travel tips to see penguins, penguin history and more.

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