447 pages, 2200 colour photos, colour distribution maps
Birds of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East is the first comprehensive pocket-sized photographic field guide to every bird species in Europe – this includes winter visitors and common migrants but also all rarities to the region, even if they have been recorded only once. The guide also covers hypothetical species – those that have a good chance of being recorded due to such factors as range expansion and changing weather patterns.
The book's 2,200 stunning color photographs mean that every species is pictured, making field identification quick and easy. Succinct text covers key identification features, voice, habitat, and distribution, and distribution maps are provided for regular breeding species. Particular attention and details are given to help differentiate similar-looking species.
Lavishly illustrated, up-to-date, and wide-ranging, Birds of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East is an essential field guide for every naturalist and birder.
"[...] Overall, the photographs selected seem to be carefully chosen, and are both of very high quality and well reproduced, but there are occasions when individuals of the same species appear quite different in coloration, either because of the ambient light when the image was taken or due to reproduction effects. [...] These quibbles aside, this is a very fine collection of images of almost every species recorded in Europe and should allow most birds seen to be correctly identified. Europe and adjacent areas are of course well covered by bird identification guides, but the Collins Bird Guide remains unsurpassed in terms of quality and accuracy. This new volume complements the Collins Bird Guide well and is very reasonably priced."
– Chris Kehoe, British Birds, Volume 110, November 2017
"This is an excellent photographic field guide. Considering its portable size, the coverage is immense. Practical, handy, and attractive, it will have a wide appeal."
– Nigel Redman, author of Birds of the Horn of Africa
"The overall look and aesthetic feel of this book is attractive, and its images are well chosen. It will fill a niche in the European birding market and beyond."
– Julian Hough, founding editor of the Naturescape Images blog
Originally published in French
Also available in Italian
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Frédéric Jiguet is one of France's leading ornithologists and a conservation biologist at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. He is director of the Centre de Recherches sur la Biologie des Populations d'Oiseaux (CRBPO), and serves on the editorial board of France's premier bird-study journal, Ornithos.
Aurélien Audevard has been studying birds for much of his life and has conducted several high-profile conservation studies for the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (LPO PACA). His photographs have appeared in many of Europe's leading birding magazines, including Ornithos, L'Oiseaux, Birding World, and Dutch Birding.