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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

Baedeker's Travel 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.

A 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, paper back
ISBN 1-871104-07-6

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
ISBN 0713660236

Naturguide till 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
ISBN 91-86638-09-2

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 recommended.
Island Series # 12, 1:50 000, ISBN 0-7495-3787-6, £4.99

Birding articles
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.

Identification 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 languages)
Flight Identification of European Seabirds. Blomdahl, A., Breife, B. & Holmström, N., 2003. Helm, London. (Also available in Swedish language)
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.

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.

Photographic Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe. Tolman, T.W., 2001. Oxford University Press, New York.

Cetáceos 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.

Recommended ID articles
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
Gutiérrez, Dutch Birding 5/1998: p. 216-225

Video guides
Birds of the Macaronesian Islands. Part 1: the Canary Islands and Madeira (2 hrs 24 minutes, VHS-format). Boon, L., 2002. Cursorius, Haarlem.
   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.
You'll find further information on:

Birding 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 video recordings.

Other 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).
Biscay 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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