Bird Books

The following is a list of bird books recommended by various members of the Kawartha Field Naturalists. Note that field guides are the best resource for birding outings.



  • Eastern Birds (a field guide) – Roger Tory Peterson
  • Field Guide to the Birds of North America – National Geographic
  • Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America – Kenn Kaufman
  • The Sibley Guide to Birds – David Allen Sibley
  • The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America – David Allen Sibley



  • Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, 2001-2005 Cadman et al.
  • Extreme Birds – Dominic Couzens
  • Silence of the Songbirds – how we are losing the world’s songbirds and what we can do to save them – Bridget Stutchbury – this book is available from the City of Kawartha Lakes Library and is a must read.
  • Kingbird Highway (the story of a natural obsession that got a little out of hand) – Kenn Kaufman
  • The Big Year: a tale of man, nature, and fowl obsession – Mark Obmascik, Simon and Schuster



  • The Burgess Bird Book for Children (ages 4-8) – Thornton W. Burgess
  • About Birds; A Guide for Children – Cathryn and John Sill
  • Backyard Birds Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists
  • Birds, Nests and Eggs Take-Along Guides
  • The Kids Canadian Bird Book – Pamela Hickman, Heather Collins
  • A Place for Owls – Katherine McKeever. Greey de Pencier Books, 1987. These are true animal stories.

If you know of any other good bird books that should be included, please contact us.