As the beginner birdwatcher learns to identify more birds, there is often a need for a simple pocket guide that lists the common species of the region in a portable format that can be easily carried in the field. This is especially needed for children who may be confused by the comprehensive and often bulky field guides.
We have produced a range of pocket guides for different regions to fill this need. The pocket guides fold into a size of 3.5" x 8.5" and are laminated for protection. Illustrations are shown for around 135-140 species in each, with winter migrants and selected other features (eg. Western Ghats or endemic species) marked separately. There are 10 panels with bird illustrations, and for ease of reference, the featured species have been divided into 5-6 categories based on habitat (eg. Wetland Birds) and behaviour (eg. Ground-feeding Birds).
Versions currently available include English language pocket guides (Peninsular India, Spiti/Ladakh, Andaman&Nicobar Islands, Western Ghats and Pakke Tiger Reserve) as well as bilingual pocket guides in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi or Hindi as appropriate (Birds of Karnataka, Birds of Kerala, Birds of Tamil Nadu, Birds of Andhra Pradesh, Birds of Maharashtra and Birds of Uttarakhand). English/Hindi pocket guides to Kanha and Madhya Pradesh are also available.
Please note: The first language mentioned alongside the pocket guide name (when you select "options") is the language used for all the text. Only the names of birds are given in the first and second languages. Eg. Tamil Nadu (Tamil/English) will have all the text in Tamil and species names in Tamil and English, while Madhya Pradesh (English/Hindi) will have all the text in English and bird names in English and Hindi.
The illustrations in all versions have been used with permission from "Birds of the Indian Subcontinent" by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp.
If you want to order more than 10 copies of any pocket guide, please use this link. Bulk order of our pocket guides (in multiples of 50 copies) can be ordered here. Bulk orders for larger quantities may be emailed to us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Supporting conservation outreach in India
Your purchase supports our educational initiatives focused on children. For more information, please visit Early Bird and do check out our flashcards on common Indian birds and A1 size posters for classroom display.
Purchase of the Pakke pocket guide supports the hornbill conservation effort in the eastern Himalayas, while funds from the Western Ghats pocket guide benefit the rainforest restoration programme in Valparai.
Donation of material
Are you associated with a rural or Govt school interested in using our material? If so, please fill out this form and we will donate some sets to you!