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The Birds of China Hardcover – June 1, 1984


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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198586027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198586029
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,166,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jack Holloway on November 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Basics: 1984, hardcover, 602 pages, 38 color plates of 516 species, 1,200 species discussed, no range maps

This book is a cross between an illustrated guide and a general accounting of China's birds. What this book is NOT is a field guide. Here are the four reasons. One, this book illustrates only 516 (40%) of China's 1,300 birds. Two, most of the species that are illustrated are shown by only one plumage, which is of the adult male. Three, the illustrations contain no information or identification notes next to the plates except for the bird's name. And, four, this book has a larger format (9 x 6.5 inches) which will be cumbersome in the field.

It appears the selection of species tends to be the more colorful birds or those with distinctive identification features. These are portrayed in 38 color plates which offer fair to good artistry. This range of artistic quality comes from the use of three different artists, each who've illustrated other bird guides. Of the 38 plates, 23 were drawn by one artist and are the lesser quality of the plates. These illustrations show a style that has a cartoonish flavor with a generalized wash of color and with little feather detail. The artist has captured the essence of the bird's color patterns but not the realism. The remaining 15 plates by two other artists are notably better. There is better realism with posture, proportions, and certainly with feather detail and color. This book contains another 39 black-and-white drawings which are scattered throughout the book. These typically take half the page and include a natural background with the birds. These are quality drawings done by a fourth artist.

The text is more complete, covering 1,200 (92%) of China's birds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Schultz on November 30, 2013
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Thank goodness I purchased this book used. I recently went to China and thought this book would help me identify birds that I observed. When one is on the field, one does not have time to read a description. I wish I had read the other review. Even more disturbing was the lack of birds to identify. I visited cities and sailed on both the Yangtze and the Li rivers where I should have observed many birds. Very few were added to my life list.
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