If you are planning to bird in North Africa then a good Western Palearctic guide will suffice. The Collins guide, in any of its forms, or the Lars Jonsson guide are probably the most comprehensive.
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.
Still one of the better field guides. Covers all but a few of the Western Palearctic's breeding birds. 400 superb colour plates by the author Lars Jonsson.
2,817 sound recordings of the songs, calls and other sounds of 819 bird species. The birds are systematically arranged so similar species can be easily compared.
MP3 Tags include the French, German, English and scientific name although this information is not easily accessible and it is difficult to navigate through the sounds using this information. The MP3 product still requires the use of the booklets for indexing and explanatory notes. A printed index in German, English and French is provided (although the English index uses the complete name so "Long-tailed Duck" is indexed under "L" and not "D" as in "Duck, Long-tailed"). A booklet providing details of the recordings is available on the DVD in PDF format.
Each bird species has one to five separate, consecutive tracks or MP3 files. This enables you to choose the calls separately from the songs, for example, which in practice brings obvious advantages.
Reprinting due to popular demand! Songs and calls of 483 species and sub-species, with longer and more extensive vocalisations than previous CD publications. Species are in systematic order and are indexed by track number only and not interrupted by announcements. Each CD is fully indexed on the sleeve by track/species order as well as by species name (common and alternative). Accompanying 48 page booklet is fully indexed by scientific, common and alternative names and provides details of the type and duration of the sounds. Plays for almost 12 hours!
The field guides for Europe such as Collins Bird Guide 2nd edition and Lars Jonsson's Birds of Europe cover all the bird species that one is likely to encounter. You should be aware that the distribution maps are unlikely to be accurate for Libya. This is mostly down to under-recording in Libya and is no fault of the various authors. You should not be surprised to see a bird that the maps suggest is not present. This can be true of residents such as Hoopoe Upupa epops as well as passage birds such as Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos.
Source: Comments from a correspondent.
This North African country is mostly a Saharan country and its avifauna belongs to the Palearctic. It gives information on the geography and climate, a comprehensive list of all the recorded bird species of wild origin, a biogeographical analysis of the breeding species and the place of Libya in the Mediterranean and Palearctic Afrotropical migration systems. The annotated checklist provides data on the species’ status, phenology, distribution, habitat, nesting and the origin of migrants and winter visitors. A list of references and a gazetteer close the book. The book is the result of cooperation between ornithologists from Libya, France, Germany and Tunisia.
Ce pays d'Afrique du nord est surtout saharien et son avifaune appartient au Paléarctique. L’ouvrage fournit des informations sur la géographie et le climat, une liste complète de toutes les espèces d’oiseaux observés d’origine sauvage, une analyse biogéographique des oiseaux nicheurs et la place de la Libye dans le système des migrations en Méditerranée et entre Eurasie et l’Afrique. La liste commentée donne des informations sur le statut des espèces, leur phénologie, la distribution, les habitats, la reproduction et l’origine géographique des migrateurs et des hivernants. Une liste de références et un index des localités géographiques terminent le livre qui est le fruit d’une coopération entre ornithologues de Libye, France, Allemagne et Tunisie