RSPB Handbook of Scottish Birds

The RSPB Handbook of Scottish Birds is the ideal reference for keen birdwatchers and visitors to Scotland alike, and this fully updated second edition is richer and more comprehensive than ever. Over 250 species are covered in detail with each account including information on identification, voice, habits, habitat, food, breeding, ecology, seasonal movements, population and conservation. More than 1,000 superb colour illustrations by some of the world's leading bird artists are integrated into the text for easy reference. This second edition features newly added Gaelic names, updated distribution maps, and also incorporates the latest information on the conservation status of each species.

  • Concise text offers a 'biography' of each species in simple, non-technical language
  • Practical, easy-to-use format
  • Updated distribution maps show resident species, summer and winter visitors, and passage migrants


“The RSPB Handbook of Scottish Birds fully justifies its existence by virtue of the comprehensive coverage given to each species.” –  Birdwatching

“A must-have book for anyone interested in birds, beginner or otherwise.” –  Highland News

“Contains much basic information in concise and conveniently accessible form, and it will fit in an OS map-sized pocket.” –  Scottish Birds

“It is difficult to imagine a better introduction to the birds of Scotland.” –  British Ornithologists' Union