[Note: *** UPCOMING FREE eBOOK PROMOTION *** – see details below]

One of the major challenges facing birders when visiting an unfamiliar part of the world is working out which species they have a chance of connecting with during their visit. Traditional regional field guides, of course, are indispensable, but they have a number of shortcomings:

  • they are published and updated infrequently, meaning they cannot provide the latest information about species, regional distribution etc
  • they are generally inclusive, meaning they describe every bird species that has been recorded in the region, leaving the reader to sift through the vagrants, casuals and irruptive species that visiting birders are a lot less likely to encounter

To save birdwatchers the trouble of trawling through online information to supplement the details in their regional field guides, the All the World’s Birds (ATWB) Companion Guides series of Interactive Checklists is here to help. Over time, this series of eBooks will provide a library of up to date listings for areas of the world that are popular with birders.

Each eBook in the series will be updated annually to reflect the latest internationally accepted status of bird species as defined by the International Ornothological Congress (IOC). The eBooks will be priced low and will be formatted for all Kindle reading devices (tablets, smartphones, computers). Birders can download the free Kindle reading app to whichever device they will be taking with them.

Within each eBook, birders will find the following sections:

CHECKLIST – a list of all birds that are recognized as species in the IOC bird list and which are regularly present for at least a part of each year

TAXONOMIC LIST – taxonomic details of these birds, showing each species’ order, family, genus and scientific name

SPOTLIGHTED BIRDS – country, local and regional endemics, plus selected specialty birds that have a restricted range


QUICK REFERENCE – follow the links to find birds based on their common English names

For more details about the Interactive Checklists series of ATWB Companion Guides, click here.


I am pleased to announce that 4 titles in the 2019 series of ATWB Interactive Checklists are now complete and available to be downloaded to Kindle reading devices.

To see all the currently available titles in the ‘All the World’s Birds’ series of Interactive Checklists, search in the Books section of your local Amazon site for ATWBICOr, click here to see all ATWBIC titles on Amazon USor here to see all ATWBIC titles on Amazon UK. Or you can click here to see all ATWBIC titles in Amazon’s India bookstore.


The following INTERACTIVE CHECKLISTS are now available:

All the World’s Birds 2019: Interactive Checklist  SRI LANKA

All the World’s Birds 2019: Interactive Checklist  SOUTH-WEST INDIA

All the World’s Birds 2019: Interactive Checklist  NORTH CENTRAL INDIA

All the World’s Birds 2019: Interactive Checklist  NORTH-EAST INDIA




Advance notice:

To mark the launch of the new series of ATWB Interactive Checklists, the SRI LANKA and NORTH CENTRAL INDIA titles will be offered free of charge for five days, commencing Friday 21st September (USA Pacific time). Here are your links:






Later this year I shall be releasing three new WORLD REGION eBooks:

All the World’s Birds 2019: A Companion Guide – AUSTRALASIA

All the World’s Birds 2019: A Companion Guide – AUSTRALASIA

All the World’s Birds 2019: A Companion Guide – SOUTH AMERICA/MIDDLE AMERICA


To find links to all these Kindle eBooks on Amazon, and to see an up to date listing of all titles in the All the World’s Birds Companion Guide series, click here.



Some details …


Each of the currently available 2019 Companion Guides deals has a number of important features, including:

– A complete taxonomic listing of bird species

– An indication of where each bird family and species can be found in its native state

– Spotlighted species that have a restricted regional or worldwide range


However, perhaps the key feature of all eBooks in the Companion Guide series is the way you can quickly and simply access relevant, up to date online information about every featured bird species. If your reading device is connected to the internet, a single click will take you to a search results page for a species, from where you can continue to search for additional information to whatever level of detail you desire.


The ‘All the World’s Birds’ series of Companion Guides derives its taxonomy, English names and scientific names from The IOC World Bird List, an open access resource maintained by the International Ornithological Congress (IOC). The IOC bird list is hosted on a dedicated World Bird Names website, which provides access to the list in various different formats. The version of the IOC bird list used in the ‘All the World’s Birds 2019’ series of Companion Guides is Version 8.2, published June 27 2018.




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About Charles R Stubbs

Charles has earned his living by writing for more than 15 years. His first two mystery thriller novels, 'Web of Deceit' and 'Retribution', have been published as Kindle eBooks on Amazon. In addition, Charles has published more than 50 eBook birding companion guides, released under the "All the World's Birds" title - search ATWB in Amazon Books. Previously a senior executive in the UK telecommunications industry, since 2001 Charles has crafted sales and marketing literature for major organisations – some of them household names – enabling them to improve their business performance.

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