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Europe's Birds: An Identification Guide

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Covering more than 900 species, and illustrated with 4,700 photographs, Europe’s Birds is the most comprehensive, authoritative and ambitious single-volume photographic guide to Europe’s birds ever produced. Easy-to-use, practical and accessible, this guide provides the information necessary for birdwatchers of all abilities to name any bird they see. Detailed descriptions cover the birds in all their plumages—male, female, breeding, non-breeding, adult and immatures, as well as distinctive subspecies. The clear text covers all aspects of identification, including moult and vocalizations, and provides details on range, status and habitat. An unrivalled selection of photographs, chosen to be as informative as possible, makes 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). The authors include top-class wildlife photographers, writers and editors, and an imaginative, highly skilled designer. All are experienced birdwatchers themselves, who know what is needed in an identification guide for birdwatchers living or travelling in Europe.


  • Illustrates all 928 species recorded in Europe, including established introductions
  • Features 4,700 stunning photographs showing the birds as you really see them
  • Focuses on identification, covering all plumages and subspecies
  • Provides detailed comparison of similar and difficult species
  • Includes details of moult, vocalizations, status and favoured habitats
  • Contains 540 maps, prepared in association with BirdLife International
Authors: Hume Rob, Still Robert, Swash Andy, Harrop Hugh
Pages: 640
ISBN: 9780691177656
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2021

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.

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