Helm Field Guides
Among the most sought after birds books by ornithologists, Helm Field Guides are a series of comprehensive guides for a range of important birding regions worldwide.
The species accounts cover all key identification features, as well as status, population size, and distribution.
The guides also include full colour plates, photographs, and maps.
Birds Of Japan
Japan is home to a spectacular and diverse range of birds, and this up-to-date text covers the identification, voice, habitat, behaviour and range of all the species and subspecies found across the beautiful and fascinating Japanese archipelago. The authoritative text is accompanied by superb full-colour plates painted by an expert artist and covers all major plumage variations. Birds of Japan will ensure that this top birding destination is made accessible to all.
Birds Of Costa Rica
This is the one compact, portable, and user-friendly field guide the novice or experienced birder needs to identify birds in the field in the diverse habitats found in Costa Rica. It features descriptions and illustrations of all 903 species definitely known from Costa Rica, including pelagics and species regular to Cocos Island. Fifty-six of these species are placed in a “Rarities” section that includes accidentals, rarer pelagics, and species that have not been reported in more than twenty years.
Birds Of Sri Lanka
With a rich avifauna of more than 350 species that includes 29 endemics, the island of Sri Lanka is one of southern Asia’s most popular birding destination. This new field guide provides full coverage of every species on the Sri Lanka list, including most vagrants, with particular emphasis placed on endemic species and races. Detailed text highlights key identification criteria, along with accurate colour maps.
Birds Of The Indian Subcontinent
This is the second edition of the authors’ groundbreaking Birds of the Indian Subcontinent (1998) and covers all the bird species found in India, Pakistian, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. The plates face the descriptions and maps for quick at-a-glance reference. Many of the plates have been repainted for this edition and a number of new species added. This guide also provides tables, summarising identification features of particularly difficult groups such as nightjars, warblers and rosefinches.
Birds Of Peru
This is the first comprehensive and fully illustrated field guide to the birds of Peru. The text is arranged opposite the plates, in conventional field guide manner. Each species account includes a distribution map, distribution, abundance, length, elevation, habitat, behaviour, and extensive notes on vocalisations. English and scientific bird names are given. This is the 2010 reprint that features a few amendments and includes 3 new plates.
Birds Of Ecuador
Juan Freile and Robin Restall’s Birds of Ecuador is a comprehensive guide to the varied, bounteous and endemic-rich avifauna of this biodiversity hotspot. All species and key subspecies are illustrated, with plates facing concise yet comprehensive species text. Every species recorded is described in detail with key identification characteristics and habitat information given, plus an accurate colour distribution map.
Birds Of Central Asia
Birds of Central Asia is the first field guide to include the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, along with neighbouring Afghanistan. This vast area includes a diverse variety of habitats, and the avifauna is similarly broad, from sandgrouse, ground jays and larks on the vast steppe and semi-desert to a broad range of raptors, and from woodland species such as warblers and nuthatches to a suite of montane species, such as snowcocks, accentors and snowfinches.
Waders Of Europe, Asia And North America
New Helm field guide that offers a complete identification reference to all of the sandpipers, plovers, stints and other waders found in Europe, Asia and North America. Plates (by Stephen Message, a much admired artist) show birds at rest and in flight, in every plumage variant likely to be encountered in the region. Species have been grouped, especially on the flight plates, so that similar species are shown close to each other. Facing text summarises key identification pointers to complete a quick-reference, field-friendly guide to this difficult and challenging group.
Birds Of The West Indies
This field guide covers all species occurring in the West Indies. It uses the plates from Birds of the West Indies, with concise text on facing pages covering all aspects of field identification. Aimed at experienced birders and interested laypersons alike, this guide is a lightweight and easy-to-use field guide to the spectacular West Indian avifauna.
Birds Of Madagascar And The Indian Ocean Islands
This new field guide in the Helm Field Guides series covers the whole of the Malagasy region, which comprises the unique island of Madagascar and the various islands and archipelagos of the Indian Ocean including the Seychelles, Comoros and Mascarenes (Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues). Every resident and migrant species is covered in full detail with a colour distibution map for each species. Vagrants are also treated in detail, but without maps. All species are illustrated on a beautiful series of 123 colour plates, with artwork from John Gale and Brian Small.
Birds Of East Africa
This is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this spectacular region. It covers all resident, migrant and vagrant species found in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Over 1300 species are illustrated with full details all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Concise text describes identification, status, range, habits and voice with range maps for each species.
Birds Of Oman
With much of the Middle East now effectively off-limits to birders, people are increasingly turning to Oman and its avian riches. And what riches they are – highlights include the incredible Omani Owl, discovered just a couple of years ago in the Al Hajar mountains, a suite of regionally scarce wheatears, exotic pigeons, shearwaters and storm-petrels that can be seen from the beach, a host of wintering eagles plus impressive residents such as Verreaux’s, the only accessible sites for Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak and Yemen Serin … the list goes on and on.
Birds Of Senegal And The Gambia
This field guide covers The Gambia, a country which is very popular with a large number of birders and tourists, and the whole of neighbouring Senegal. This fascinating region shelters many Western Palearctic migrants from September to April, as well as a significant list of resident West African birds. The stunning colour plates depict more than 680 species, covering almost every distinct plumage and race. The authoritative text highlights the key features needed to identify each species in the field, and accurate up-to-date maps are provided for every species.
Birds Of Chile
Chile supports an interesting range of breeding and visiting birds, including nine endemics. This guide features concise, identification-focused text positioned opposite the superb colour plates by Peter Burke and David Beadle to allow quick and easy reference. Coverage extends to support the Antarctic peninsula, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, with over 470 species detailed, including all breeders, regular visitors and vagrants. Introductory sections cover Chile’s general ecology, geography, taxonomic issues and conservation.
Birds Of East Asia
This is the first single volume guide ever devoted to the eastern Asian avifauna. The eastern Asian region, centring especially on the major islands off the continental coast (including Japan and Taiwan) and the immediately adjacent areas of the Asian continent from Kamchatka in the north and including the Korean Peninsula are an important centre of endemism.
Birds Of Borneo
More than 630 bird species have been recorded on Borneo and, using the most up-to-date taxonomy and nomenclature, Birds of Borneo includes all recently split species and also gives full coverage of distinctive Bornean races where they differ from their counterparts on neighbouring islands or in mainland South-east Asia. Borneo is of particular ecological significance; the unique combination of its tropical latitude and the relief of the land, which includes high mountains and rainforests, has created many isolated micro-habitats which have enabled a remarkable number of different species of birds to evolve, many of which are endemic to the island.
Birds Of The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands is a popular destination for birders and travellers with an interest in wildlife and nature, and one of the best places in the world to see several scarce species such as the Houbara Bustard. They also hold a number of endemic birds that occur nowhere else, such as the emblematic Blue Chaffinch.
Birds Of Ghana
Ghana is one of the most accessible countries in Western Africa and is rapidly becoming a top tourist destination. This dedicated country field guide uses illustrations from the acclaimed Birds of Western Africa, which have been recomposed into a new set of plates, with new text and maps specific to Ghana. The result is a compact and up-to-date guide to all the birds of Ghana, and neighbouring Togo.
Albatrosses, Petrels And Shearwaters Of The World
Famous for their size and elegance in flight, albatrosses are familiar to anyone who has travelled through the southern oceans, and are a flagship family of conservation concern. However, albatrosses are just one of several groups of ‘pelagic’ birds – those that visit land only to breed, and spend the rest of their lives far from the coast, soaring from ocean to ocean in a never-ending search for food. Mysterious and graceful, these birds can present a formidable identification challenge to even the most experienced birder. This book provides the answer – the first comprehensive guide to pelagic birds, the albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, storm-petrels and diving petrels.
Birds Of The Atlantic Islands
This is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this spectacular region. It covers all resident, migrant and vagrant species found in Macaronesia (Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde). Over 450 species are illustrated (By Chris Orgill and Tony Disley) with full details of all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered.
Birds Of The Middle East
Watch, listen and record on your on PC or laptop as birds nest and raise chicks in full colour. Share your movies and screenshots with friends via YouTube, MSN and Skype etc.
The nest box is made of solid wood and 27cm high to show the whole nesting area.
The tiny 1.3 MP, 6 LED web camera has a 1.5m cable that connects to pc/laptop via a 5m USB2 extension cable
Birds Of South-East Asia
This is the definitive volume on the region’s birdlife. This award-winning book, which was first published in 2000, was fully updated in 2008 to include 76 new species for the region that were recent discoveries for science, taxonomic ‘splits’ or had been recorded there for the first time. This comprehensive field guide to the birds of South-East Asia covers all of the 1 327 species recorded in the region and each has been fully illustrated. Please note that it does not contain distribution maps.
Birds Of The Horn Of Africa
The Horn of Africa has the highest endemism of any region in Africa, and around 70 species are found nowhere else in the world. Many of these are confined to the isolated highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea, but a large number of larks specialise in the arid parts of Somalia and adjoining eastern Ethiopia, whilst the island of Socotra has its own suite of endemic species. The region is also an important migration route and wintering site for many Palearctic birds.