Collins Bird Guide claims to be The Most Complete Guide To The Birds Of Britain And Europe and was described in a review by Mark Golley in Birding World as undoubtedly the finest field guide that has ever been produced", and "the last great bird book of the 20th century".

Collins Bird Guide

It was written by Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström and Peter J. Grant and illustrated by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström

In 2013 Lars Svensson, was presented with the first Marsh International Award for Ornithology by the BTO recognizing his work on the international stage as having had significant influence on British ornithology.

The guide was originally published in Swedish and English in hardback in 1999 and in paperback a year later. The first edition was translated into 14 European languages including French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch and a large-print English-language edition has also been produced.

A second edition was published in January 2010 and in May 2015 a number of further updates to both text and illustrations were made.

Collins Bird Guide covers Europe, the North Atlantic Islands as well as much of North Africa and the Middle East.


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Collins Life Size Birds
A photographic celebration of Britain and northern Europe’s richly varied birdlife. The photographs are gloriously detailed, appealing to both beginners and experienced birdwatchers. Read more ...

Collins Complete Guide To British Birds
The most complete photographic guide to British birds ever published and the only one to be designed to give everything that you need on each spread in a simple-to-use format. Every text entry covers identification of adults and juveniles, songs and calls, and where they are most likely to be found. Read more ...

Collins BTO Guide to British Birds
In a unique new collaboration, Collins have paired up with the respected British Trust for Ornithology, bringing together the most authoritative and up-to-date information in this new field guide to the common birds of Britain and Ireland. Read more ...
Collins BTO Guide to Rare British Birds
This book is the companion volume to the Collins BTO Guide to British Birds. It covers all the rare and scarce birds that have occurred in Britain and Ireland four times or more, as of February 2015. ‘The Rarest of the Rare’ section lists all the species that have occurred fewer than four times; taken in combination, this means that every species of wild bird that has ever occurred in Britain is mentioned. Read more ...

Collins Gem Garden Birds
The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material. This is the perfect pocket guide for keen birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts to identify the diverse range of birds that inhabit their gardens. Read more ...

Collins Birds of Prey
The most complete guide to the 49 species of bird of prey (eagles, vultures, hawks, buzzards, osprey and falcons) found in Europe. Every species has a comprehensive descriptive entry, with the most up-to-date information on population, distribution, status, behaviour, habitat, voice, breeding biology, food and hunting techniques Read more ...

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