night and day. By Magnus Robb and illustrated by Killian Mullarney.
2008, The Sound Approach.
This is a comprehensive exploration of the petrels of Europe and North
Africa. You can listen to previously unpublished digital stereo recordings
of 23 species of petrels nesting on islets, islands and coasts of the
North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. You will learn how to separate them
by ear, with the help of clearly annotated sonagrams. You can read the
author's tales of making the recordings, and learn where to go to experience
There is a series
of full-colour plates and photographs for birdwatchers and especially
seawatchers. Many if the photographs were taken at the same time as the
recordings. Most importantly, read how the latest research is leading
to the recognition of new - European - species, some of which are exceedingly
rare. Written and illustrated by enthusiasts so be warned: this book could
be the start of a serious obsession.
300 pages, 20,5 x 28,8 cm, Hardback, Illustrations: 18 colour plates +
numerous colour photos. Includes two CDs with 127 recordings. ISBN-13:
you'll find an interesting review by Angus Wilson for Oceanwanderers
of the Atlantic Islands Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores & Cape
Verde. By Tony Clarke and illustrated by Chris Orgill and Tony Disley.
2006, Helm Field Guides.
This is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the
birds of this spetacular region. It covers all resident, migrant and vagrant
species found in Macaronesia which comprises the Canary Islands, Madeira,
Azores and Cape Verde. Over 450 species are illustrated with full details
of all the plumage variations and for all major subspecies which are likely
to be found anywhere in the area. Concise text offers descriptions of
identification, status, range, habits and song. This authoritative book
will not only be an indispensable guide to the visiting birder, but also
a vital tool for those engaged in work to conserve and study the avifauna
of this region. The Atlantic Islands shelter a remarkable diversity of
birds, many seriously endangered with small and vulnerable ranges.
368 pages, 23,4 x 15,6 cm, paperback. Illustrations: 56 colour plates.
birdwatchers' guide to Portugal and Madeira. Moore C.C., Elias G.
& Costa H., 1997. Prion Ltd., Perry.
This book is the only one on the market today that deals with the birds
on Madeira in detail, although in a less extensive way with only 10 pages
(+ a species list) out of 144 pages. Nevertheless its a useful book, especially
the full species list. However, if you don't have an intention to visit
mainland Portugal in the next few years the price of the book is relatively
high if you only are interested in Madeira. Besides this, the book is
well written and easy to use and understand with a useful introductory
chapter, bird sites, instructive maps and illustrated with line drawings.
144 pages, 16,8 x 24,3 cm, paperback
History in a Nutshell, Peter Sziemer, 2000, Barcelona.
I can highly recommend this book to everyone interested in Madeiran nature,
and of course the book contains much information about all of the bird
species as well as butterflies and flowers. The book is richly illustrated
with colour photos. If you plan to visit Madeira this book is worth having!
288 pages, 16 x 22,3 cm, hard cover
ISBN (English edition): 972-9177-31-7
ISBN (German edition): 972-9177-30-9
Guide, Baedeker Ostfildern, Reprinted in 2001, Italy.
A small plastic covered handy guide, which provides all necessary general
information about the Madeiran archipelago. Well laid out and divided
in three extensive chapters: Nature, Culture and History - Sights from
A to Z - Practical information from A to Z. Also a very good map (1:75
000) is included! All general information and the small handy format make
this guide to the most comprehensive book.
181 pages, 12 x 18,5 cm, soft plastic cover
ISBN (English edition): 0-7495-1733-6
The guide is also available in German language.
Madeira. Edberg. E, 1999. Stockholm (In Swedish language).
For the Swedish speaking audience this nice little book is great as accompanist
on a combined trip to Madeira with the family. The book contain much pre-tour
information, personally and well written, although the "Fauna and
Flora" chapter is more general and the bird section is not suited
for the dedicated birder. However, the book is worth having on a family
trip with lots of general information.
80 pages, 14,7 x 21 cm, paperback
The newest and most
up dated map is released by "AA" and contains walking routes,
leisure information as well as detail maps on Funchal and Desertas. Highly
Island Series # 12, 1:50 000, ISBN 0-7495-3787-6, £4.99
Birding in Madeira. James Siddle, Birding World 4/2004: p. 166-175
Magiska nätter på Madeira. (= Magic nights on Madeira)
Göran & Edvin Hansson, Vår Fågelvärld 1/2004:
p. 16-19 (In Swedish)
Madeira, an attractive birding destination. Juha Laaksonen, Alula
4/99: p. 128-131
Havsfågelspaning på Madeira monstertunga VP-kryss
garanterade! (In Swedish),
Klaus Malling Olsen, Roadrunner 4/98: p. 48-49
Birds of the Archipelago
of Madeira and the Selvagens - New Records and checklist.
Zino, F., Biscoito, M.J. & Zino, P.A., 1995. Biol. Mus. Mun. Funchal,
46 (262): 63-100.
(downloadable in PDF by kind permission by the authours and editors)
Jesus, J., Menezes,
D., Gomes, S., Oliveira, P., Nogales, M. and Brehm, A. (2009). Phylogenetic
relationships of gadfly petrels Pterodroma spp. from the Northeastern
Atlantic Ocean: molecular evidence for specific status of Bugio and Cape
Verde petrels and implications for conservation. Bird Conservation
Matias, R. (2009).
Removal of Black
Crake Amaurornis flavirostris from the Western Palearctic list, and the
first record of Lesser Moorhen Gallinula angulata for Madeira. Bulletin
of the British Ornithologists' Club 129:116-119.
Zino, F., Brown, R.
and Biscoito, M. (2008). The separation of Pterodroma madeira (Zinos
Petrel) from Pterodroma feae (Feas Petrel). Ibis 150: 326334.
Siverio, F., Barone, R. & Delgado, G. (2008). Notes on the diet
of Tyto alba (Barn Owl) in two oceanic islands from the Mid-Atlantic,
Porto Santo (Madeira) and Fogo (Cap Verde). Vieraea 36: 163-165. (In
or download the article (PDF 105 KB)
Oliveira, P, Menezes, D. & Ramirez, I. (2007). Petrels of the genus
Pterodroma of the Madeiran Archipelago. Makaronesia, 9: 54-69. (In
Spanish and with stunning photos).
or download the article (PDF 1 MB)
Lees, A. 2005. Macaronesian endemic birds: their taxanomy, status and
conservation. Alula, 1/2005: p. 12-24.
Barone, R. & García, G. (2003). The Madeiran archipelago,
the central Macaronesia. El Indiferente 14: 36-41. (In Spanish and
contains several colour photos).
or download the article (PDF 334 KB)
Barone, R. & Delgado, G. (2003). Interesting data on the breeding
birds of Porto Santo Island (Madeiran Archipelago). Revista de la
Academia Canaria de Ciencias, 14 (3-4) : 219-225. (In Spanish, with
or download the article (PDF 1,3 MB)
Siverio, F., Trujillo, D. & Ramos J.J. (2002): Notes on the distribution
of the Madeiran Barn Owl Tyto alba schmitzi (Aves: Tytonidae). Rev.
Acad. Canar. Cienc., 13 (4) : 199-205.
or download the article (PDF 692 KB)
Barone, R. & Delgado, G. (2002). Observations of migratory birds
in the island of Porto Santo (Madeiran Archipelago), July and December
2000. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias, 13 (4) : 79-86.
(In Spanish, with English summary).
or download the article (PDF 1,3 MB)
Barone, R. & Delgado, G. (2001). Additions to the breeding avifauna
of Porto Santo Island (Madeiran Archipelago). Vieraea 29: 103-109.
(In Spanish, with English summary).
or download the article (PDF 378 KB)
books (useful for the Madeiran conditions)
Collins Bird Guide. Mullarney, K., Svensson, L., Zetterström,
D. & Grant, P.J., 1999. Harper Collins, London. (Available in several
Flight Identification of European Seabirds. Blomdahl, A., Breife,
B. & Holmström, N., 2003. Helm, London. (Also available in Swedish
Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East. Jonsson,
L., 1993. Helm, London. (Available in several languages)
Seabirds: an Identification Guide. Harrison, P., 1985. Helm, London.
Whales and Dolphins
of the World. Simmonds. M., 2004. New Holland, London.
Mark Carwardine's Guide to WhaleWatching (Britain & Europe). Carwardine.
M. 2003. New Holland, London.
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. Carwardine, M. & Camm, M., 1995.
Dorling Kindersley, London.
to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe. Tolman, T.W., 2001. Oxford
University Press, New York.
no Arquipélago da Madeira. Freitas, L., Dinis, A., Alves, F.
& Nóbrega, F., 2004. Museu da Baleia, Madeira. (Iin Portuguese
language only). ISBN 972-99413-0-0
This very useful book contains an excellent ID section, with both colour
photographs and instructive colour plates. All depicted species are named
in both english and scientific names. Unfortunately, this book is not
for sale, not yet. However, the publisher Museu da Baleia (Whale Museum
in Caniçal) plan to print an edition for sale, in both Portuguese
and English language.
för varje havsfågelskådare
PDF 170 KB (Flight Identification of small shearwaters). Niklas
Holmström, Roadrunner 1/2005: p. 30-35 (In
Identification of Yelkouan, Balearic and Manx Shearwaters. Ricard
Gutiérrez, Birding World 3/2004: p. 111-122
A little help (Flight
identification of Little Shearwater).
Anthony McGeehan & Killian Mullarney, Birdwatch
39/1995: p. 38-42
The field characters of distant Great and Cory's Shearwater. Dave
Bird, Birding World 7/1994: p. 279-282
Great or Cory's? Identifying large shearwaters. Anthony McGeehan
& Ricard Gutiérrez, Birdwatch 73/1998: p. 32-36
Gulnäbbad och större lira. Anders Blomdahl, Bertil Breife
& Niklas Holmström, Roadrunner 1/2003: p. 16-17 (In Swedish language)
Field separation of Fea's, Zino's and Soft-plumaged Petrels. Steve
Gantlett, Birding World 7/1995: p. 256-260
Three of a kind (Identification of Cory's, Scopoli's and Cap Verde
Shearwater). Steve Madge, Birdwatch 133/2003: p. 22-25
Flight identification of Cory's and Scopoli's Shearwaters. Ricard
Dutch Birding 5/1998: p. 216-225
Birds of the Macaronesian Islands. Part 1: the
Canary Islands and Madeira (2 hrs 24 minutes, VHS-format). Boon, L., 2002.
If you are visiting Madeira, this video is among the
best pre-tour investment you can make! There is also a second Video by
Leo Boon, which cover Azores and the Cape Verde Islands.
find further information on: www.cursorius.com
related web sites
of the Macaronesian Islands Very nice images (video stills)
on Madeiran bird specialties! Also with links further to other Macaronesian
birds, such as Canaries and Azores. (see the heading "Video guides"
above). The stills are extracted from Leo Boon's excellent video recordings.
useful web sites
SPEA (Portuguese Society for the Study
of Birds) Here you will further information and addresses to SPEA-Madeira
and the Portuguese Rarities Committee.
Parque Natural da Madeira With further links to the
web pages on Desertas, Salvages, Garajau, which all are nature reserves.
(In Portuguese language).
Dolphin Research Programme A very good site about seabirds,
whales and dolphins of the English Channel and Bay of Biscay. Lot of information,
photos and identification.
Whales and Dolphins
(Organisation Cetacea) Identification, photo gallery and much more
of the beloved cetaceans you'll find on this web site.
Identifying Dragonflies is far from easy, but if you have photographed
a dragonfly and are unsure of what species it is, you can get help and
ID support from the crew behind the excellent website DragonflyPix, which
is worth a visit for all the great photos of dragonflies.
You will find more
specific links, close to the information which are dealt with at each
section on this web site!