Recommended reading

Attracting Birds to Your Backyard by Sally Roth
Provides all the essential techniques and information for success in feeding, housing, and gardening for birds.
Atlas of Bird Migration by Thomas E. Lovejoy and Jonathan Elphick
Explains to readers all they need to know about the how, why and where of bird migration with superb and stunning visual aids.
A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali by John MacKinnon and Karen Phillipps
A complete and comprehensive field guide to the region.
The Ardent Birder: On the Craft of Birdwatching by Todd Newberry
This book focuses on the birder, not just the bird, with drawings and suggestions of how to hone and share skills in the field. Includes 50 short essays that range from meditations on bird-watchers’ daily events to philosophies of why they do what they do.
The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife: Birds and Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Continent and the Southern Ocean by Hadoram Shirihai
Details on identifying all sorts of animals and where they can be found through the year.
Birders: Tales of a Tribe by Mark Cocker
Humorous tales of a serious aficionado and his travels cross country in pursuit of rare birds.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
An essential reference for field identification of birds in North America.
Bird Watcher’s Digest Magazine (
Magazine for birdwatching, birding, backyard bird feeding, bird gardening, bird identification, bird travel and birding products.

Useful Websites

Traveling Birder ( and Eurobirding (
These sites were launched by two Danish brothers. is a search engine to trip reports on the web, has a searchable reference database of articles published in leading European birding magazines and a travel forum. Features related to bird travel are on
World Twitch (
Bird sounds, books, locations and everything else about birding worldwide.
Birding on the Net (
Useful links to birding worldwide.
BirdTrip List Serv (
Trip reports dating back 15 years from various birders in the USA.
Birding Pal (
Gives helpful information to the traveling birder with pals to link up with worldwide, guides to use, forums to join, lodges to stay at and tours to book.
John’s Birding Trip Reports (
Notes on birding trips taken worldwide by John, plus notes on trip preparation and a bunch of useful links.
Birding World (
Catalogs for bird books worldwide, magazines and other useful links.
Xeno-Canto (
A growing collection of bird sounds from Central and South America.
Birrding (*/
Click on March 05, 2005 for a huge catalog for bird sounds on CDs, websites etc built up over the past 20 years.
Printable Bird Checklists (
Species checklists for many countries, field guide resources and more.
Fatbirder (
Web resource about birds, birding and birdwatching for birders with links, books, guides, forums, reports, clubs and more.
Surfbirds (
Information, reports, rankings of world and regional birders and entries to email groups worldwide.
Oriental birding mailing list (
A mailing list for all who are interested in wild birds, birding and conservation in the Oriental region. In association with
Birding the Americas (
A collection of trip reports from North/Central/South America.