Brazil was born in Worcestershire, England, and studied at Keele University, Staffordshire where graduated to BA in Biology & English Literature in 1977. In 1981 he promoted to Ph.D. at the Stirling University, Scotland with the thesis The behavioural ecology of the Whooper Swan. From 1998 to 2007 he was professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at Rakuno Gakuen University.
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previously scientific advisor/researcher for Natural History Television New Zealand; currently: author, editor, lecturer and expedition leader.
Brazil has been "Wild Watch" columnist for The Japan Times newspaper since April 1982, the longest running single author natural history column in any newspaper. Also writer in residence for JapanVisitor.com since June 2011.
- 1987: A Birdwatcher's Guide to Japan, Kodansha America ISBN 0-87011-849-8
- 1991: The Birds of Japan, Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd ISBN 0-7136-8006-7
- 2000: Wild Asia: Spirit of a Continent, Pelican Publishing ISBN 1-56554-827-2
- 2003: The Whooper Swan, ISBN 0-7136-6570-X
- 2009: Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia, Helm Field Guides series, A&C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-7040-0
Has also published numerous papers, magazine and newspaper articles in the fields of science, natural history and travel.
- Review of Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia by Jesper Hornskov in Birdwatch, 01 Jan 2010, accessed 28 December 2010