Lynx Edicions

Lynx Edicions is a publishing house committed to providing high-quality ornithology and natural history books. Founded in Barcelona in 1989, its primary objective at that time was the creation and publication of the Handbook of the Birds of the World, a 17-volume encyclopaedia, the first work ever to describe and illustrate each member of an entire Class of the Animal Kingdom; every species of bird in the world.

Lynx Edicions building in Bellaterra

Handbook of the Birds of the World

Our flagship publication.

The first volume of the Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) appeared in 1992 to wide acclaim. Subsequent volumes consolidated HBW’s reputation as the single most reliable and accurate source of information on all the world’s birds until its completion 20 years later. HBW is considered the most remarkable publishing project on birds ever conceived and executed and it is the first work ever to deal with and illustrate each member of an entire Class of the Animal Kingdom.

The collection’s authoritative text and precise illustrations are the work of 277 pre-eminent specialists and 33 illustrators from 40 countries. The crisp, vivid photographs are the original contributions of more than 850 photographers from all over the world. This emphasis on technical expertise, together with the quality of the editorial process, have made HBW the most substantial and authoritative ornithological work of our time, highly acclaimed by both the general public and the scientific community. Managed, edited and published in Barcelona, it is marketed and distributed to over 170 countries.

In 2013, after the completion of the HBW series, HBW Alive was created. This online version of the Handbook of the Birds of the World incorporates many additional resources, including constant updating.

Focus on Nature

Ornithology and Nature are our areas of expertise.

Although HBW is certainly our most prominent publication, it is by no means the only work for which Lynx Edicions has become well known. Works of such scope, excellence, consummate expertise and beauty provide a vital foundation for the appreciation and conservation of the species they describe. This fundamental principle also underlies series like the Handbook of the Mammals of the World, the HBW and BirdLife International Checklist of the Birds of the World among others, with many more projects yet to come.

A significant development for Lynx Edicions has been the opportunity to work in conjunction with some of the most prestigious international scientific organizations dedicated to zoological investigation. Such alliances have resulted in titles co-edited with BirdLife International, the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution, Conservation International and IUCN, and others.

In addition to these major projects, we are continually expanding our selection of ornithology and natural history titles, including field guides, wildlife guides, monographs and bird checklists. Our current and most ambitious project in this area is the Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guide Collection whose principal goal is to produce modern, standardized field guides, especially for countries which lack a recent, or country-level guide.