Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides

About the project

This project comes to life after years of conversations motivated by a shared idea between Lynx and BirdLife International that the existence of country field guides is a basic element for the “emergence” and education of birdwatchers, ornithologists, bird guides and naturalists in any given country, which, in turn, has important repercussions on the Conservation of Nature and Biodiversity, both locally and globally.

Our goals

The principal goal of this new collection is to produce modern, standardized field guides, especially for countries without any recent or country-level guide. The main collection is produced in English, including local-language names for the species when an official list exists. But we also have a secondary goal of publishing a number of the titles in their local languages to enhance the local effects of the work.

Authors

The main authors are experts on the area covered by their field guide and they work closely with an experienced team of Lynx authors and editors for a final product that is both accurate and homogeneous.

 

Birds of Thailand Birds of Vietnam Birds of Japan

Uthai Treesucon

 

Wich'yanan
Limparungpatthanakij

Richard Craik

 

Lê Quý Minh

 

Otani Chikara

 

Graphic material

The illustrations are a vital part of any field guide, and this new collection contains illustrations from the Handbook of the Birds of the World series, as well as many additional figures prepared specifically for the guides. The coverage includes males and relevant females and morphs, as well as flying birds of prey, waterbirds and pigeons and doves, and a number of juvenile and non-breeding plumages.


The distribution maps are produced from the geodatabase distribution data (digitized maps) compiled by BirdLife International and Lynx, which are then improved with local input from the authors. And for species with more than one subspecies in the region, the resident/breeding ranges of the separate subspecies are indicated on the map.

Taxonomy

The field guides in the collection all follow the same design, in order to facilitate their use, and this homogeneity includes the taxonomy, which is that of the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. To give more attention to local taxa, all subspecies groups present in the region have full entries as well.

Highlighted features

  • QR code for each species, linking to the Internet Bird Collection gallery of photos, videos and sounds.

  • Subspecies ranges denoted on the maps.

  • Illustrations of birds in flight, juveniles and non-breeding plumages.

  • Subspecies groups given full accounts.

  • Local species name and local conservation status included when available.

 

Origin of the series

This field guide collection has been ushered in by two important predecessors:

  • Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago
    Greater Sundas and Wallacea
  • Birds of New Guinea
    Including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville 
    Winner of the 2017 Whitley Award
 

Samples

 
These sample pages show the structure of the guides with species description and plates on facing pages.

QR code sample: