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A good European field guide will cover the birds seen in The Canary Islands as does the Birds of the Atlantic Islands.

You can purchase these and other books from WildSounds, one of the largest specialist UK mail-order companies, via our book and media sales page. Many birdwatchers are not only interested in birds, so we have added the most useful books for other taxa on this page.

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Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands, Tony Clarke, A&C Black, Softback.
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The first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this spectacular region, covering all resident, migrant and vagrant species found in Macaronesia. Over 450 species are illustrated with full details of all plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Concise text describes identification, status, range, habitats, climate, geographical isolation, endemism and conservation. 320 pages.

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Collins Bird Guide (2nd edition), Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström, HarperCollins, Softback, Hardback and Large format hardback.
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The most complete field guide to the birds of Britain, Europe, North Africa, most of the Middle East, the Canaries and Madeira. Written by one of Europe's leading ornithologists Lars Svensson (with a translation by David Christie) and illustrated by two of the world's finest bird illustrators - Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström. This book provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice.

Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and colour illustrations (over 3500 in all) to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding). The book is fully integrated, so that all this information appears on one spread, the ideal structure for use in the field. Each group of birds has an introduction, which covers the major problems involved in identifying or seeing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which species, etc.

The combination of definitive text, up-to-date distribution maps and superb illustrations, all in a single volume, makes this book the ultimate field guide, essential on every bookshelf and birdwatching trip.

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Field Guide to the Birds of Macaronesia, Eduardo Garcia del Rey, Lynx Editions, Hardback.
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Covering all the species and subspecies of birds in Macaronesia (the Azores, Madeira, the Savage Islands, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde). 341 pages.

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A Birdwatchers' Guide to the Canary Islands, Tony Clarke & David Collins, Prion, Softback.
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1996. Provides detailed information on birding sites on this island archipelago, each site entry giving location and access, accommodation, birding strategy and species expected to be seen. Also includes additional useful information on planning a trip, such as travel, climate and clothing, health and medical facilities.

Provides the travelling birdwatcher with all the information he or she will need to make the most of a birdwatching holiday or tour. The guides are researched and compiled by expert birdwatchers with outstanding knowledge of the birdlife of the particular region or country.

Contains a comprehensive and up-to-date site by site list of the major, and many minor, areas of interest to birdwatchers. Each main site entry includes a map, information on permits and access restrictions, guidance on best visiting times and seasonal variations, and a list of the more interesting species which can normally be seen. Wherever possible mention is made of the other interesting wildlife at each site.

Each guide includes a selective bird list giving brief details on distribution and status of the uncommon birds which may be found, cross-referenced to site information, and a full species list for the region or country. Checklists of other wildlife are also provided when possible.

Other features include pre-tour information; transport details and advice; information on climate, clothing, food, accommodation, health, and medical and financial facilities. Care is taken to advise travellers of regulations and prohibitions which could adversely affect the trip. 110 pages.

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Multimedia Identification Guide to North Atlantic Seabirds. Storm-petrels & Bulwer's Petrel, FLOOD, B. & FISHER, A. (2011), Pelagic Birds & Birding Multimedia Identification Guides, in association with www.scillypelagics.com. 212 pp. + 2 DVD.
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The guide covers all the storm petrels present in the North Atlantic, and also Bulwer’s Petrel, with good videos and many high quality photos of all the species.

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