Madeira's Natural 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.
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, paper back
Field Guide to
the Birds of the Atlantic Islands. Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, &
Cape Verde. Clarke, T. 2006. Christopher Helm. London. (Field guide
and species account. 56 colour plates, which is illustrated by Chris Orgill
and Tony Disley).
320 pages, 23,4 x 15,6 cm, paperback
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, paper back
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
Macaronesian endemic birds: their taxanomy, status and conservation.
Lees, A. 2005. Alula, 1/2005: p. 12-24.
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.
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.
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. (Available in
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.
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
Birds 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
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.
You will find more
specific links, close to the information which are dealt with at each
section on this web site!
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