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A Field Guide to Birds of Armenia Paperback – June 1, 1997

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A Field Guide to Birds of Armenia clearly and effectively documents the bird life of a region largely unknown in the West but richly endowed with biological and cultural diversity. Here an international team of expert ornithologists shines the international spotlight on the fascinating birds of Armenia in one of the world's newest and very best regional field guides. The authors and their expert collaborators describe the beauty and pleasure of Armenian birds and their diverse habitats. -- Frank B. Gill, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Science, National Audubon Society

Field guides are the backbones of ornithology. First-class guides allow the uninitiated to quickly acquaint themselves with a region's bird life. The lack of a useful field guide can turn potentially profitable field experiences into a nightmarish guessing game.

I have no doubt that the current volume will serve the birding, ornithological, educational, and conservation communities of Armenia, well into the twenty-first century. -- Keith L. Bildstein, Ph.D., Director of Research, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association

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Proceeds of this book will be donated to the Conservation and Environmental Management programs of the American University of Armenia.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: American University of Armenia (June 1, 1997)
  • ISBN-10: 0965742911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965742917
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,833,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Basics: 1997, hardcover, 220 pages, 61 color plates, 346 species, range maps for each bird

This is a marvelous gem of a book. It covers all the birds of Armenia, a tiny country the size of Maryland found at the eastern border of Turkey. The highlight of this book is its plates.

The illustrations are very nicely done, with good color, detail, and postures. Nearly all of the relevant birds have multiple illustrations to show the gender plumages. These illustrations are certainly good enough to aid you with identification, as I experienced when looking at the wheatears and wagtails in the field.

It's a good thing the plates are done with quality because they help to compensate for one of the book's weaknesses which is the lesser amount of text. Although most of what is provided in the descriptions is decent, they are often a bit too brief. The material lacks sufficient information to help with the more difficult groups of birds such as the warblers. But, to be fair to the book, the descriptions do a better job with the wagtails.

Because this book was intended to be a field guide, I would recommend dropping the generic descriptions of the nest, eggs, and food in place of more descriptive information on the bird's identification. This natural history information is available in the author's other more expanded handbook for Armenia. Or, perhaps more pages could have been added to the book to help expand the material. Adding as much as 20-30 pages would still have kept this thinner field guide to a respectable and acceptable field guide size.

The maps at the end of the book are larger than usual and offer very good detail with cities, rivers, and four different colors.
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Format: Hardcover
This field guide is slightly larger in height than most current field guides but it is still light enough to carry around with you. Mine also came with a reference map showing a detailed lay out of the country, an inset altitudinal map, an inset map of Yerevan, it's location on the continent, time zones and on the back a gazetteer. A nice additional piece of information.

The cover is thick and durable so should last have you need of it if traveling to Armenia. The beginning of the book talks about the country itself and it's size and bird study in the country. Then comes information about the book itself and birds habits and habitats and keys to understanding the text.

On page 22 begins the real treasure of this book and that is the plates. There is some brilliant art work here and many species depicted in habitat. Most are depicted in male and female and juvenile where relevant. Most of the plates are not cramped though a few of the warbler plates could have used larger representations than what is in the book. Each of the species on the plate are named in English and Armenian.

Each of the plates are faced with a text page with descriptions for each of the species that describes the local subspecies or in the case of migrant and multiple resident subspecies like some of the wagtails there are descriptions for each. Male, female and juvenile are described when needed then there is a comparison of similar species. Notes on behavior, habitat, food, nest and eggs follows. There is also a silhouette of a common species to give size reference to the species on the facing plate. The last plate, 61, covers some of the casual species seen in Armenia.

On page 144 comes a two page key to the distribution maps which are in four colors according to occurrence.
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The has been the most useful book in identifying the many birds we saw in our travels around Armenia ,highly recommend.
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