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Birds of Southeast Asia (Princeton Field Guides) Paperback – August 21, 2005
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"This guide is a magnificent achievement, regionally without peer, and clearly the essential guide for future visitors to the region."--World Birdwatch, journal of BirdlLife International
About the Author
Richard Allen is a Canadian historian now retired from the Department of History at McMaster University.
John Harrison has a lifelong interest in wildlife, and birds in particular. In 1973 he was appointed as a radio producer in the BBC Natural History Unit; during the 18 years he was there, he worked with most of the top naturalists and ornithologists in Britain. He now works on a voluntary basis as
Press Officer with the Wildlife Trust in Bristol. As a birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast, he has made many visits to Sri Lanka over a number of years, and has a first-hand knowledge of the Sri Lankan avifauna.
Tim Worfolk is a full-time wildlife artist with several publications to his credit. Amongst others, he has worked on the Handbook of the Birds of the World, Pica Press Shrikes of the World, Birds of South-East Asia published by New Holland, and Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, by Black.
John Cox is a FIDE Master and a former junior international and British Junior Champion. This is his second book for Everyman Chess; his first was "Starting Out: Alekhine's Defence.
Steve Madge has gained first-hand knowledge of most species of corvid during his extensive travels throughout the world and has published widely in journals. His previous book with Hilary Burn, "Wildfowl, was voted ''Best Bird Book of the Year'' in 1988 by the journal "British Birds. He helped form the company Birdquest and is a former member of the British Birds Rarities Committee. Hilary Burn is recognized as one of the leading bird artists in the world. Her work has appeared in many books, including "The Birds of the Western Palearctic, the RSPB Book of British Birds, Wildfowl, and "The Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe and the Western Palearctic. She is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists.
Brigadier Andrew Mackay is commander of the British Army's 52 Infantry Brigade. His extensive experience in postconflict environments includes planning for IFOR, SFOR, and KFOR; overseeing justice and security reforms in Kosovo; and training police in Baghdad.
Top Customer Reviews
Still, all things being equal, for example NO GUIDE, Robson's guide is a heroic effort to cover a great deal of territory and almost 1300 birds in a FIELD GUIDE sized book. Here he succeeded wonderfully, and I was able to make most of the needed IDs of the 70 or so species I found in 2 days with his guide book.
Until there is something more country specific, I don't think you can find a better guide book for this area of the world...assuming that specific guides for countries don't become available soon, I hope that the author will update his work and include the appropriate corrections soon.
If you are heading to SE Asia and hope to do some birding, don't leave home without it.
As for the stand alone qualities of Birds of Southeast Asia, this is well designed for use in the field. It is compact with a plastic cover and contains an amazing amount of information for its size. The pictures are high quality and when the scale changes on a page, it is noted next to the picture. The inside cover has small pictures of a representative of each family with the starting page # for that family. Species descriptions, including many juveniles & females, voice, range and time of year are included opposite the pictures.
I am writing this prior to my trip so the true test, how many lifers are gleaned from its use, is yet to come.
But this paperback edition of "Birds of Southeast Asia" is actually a bit smaller, and less cumbersome, than the field guide dealing specifically with Thailand. Although no range maps are given (a real strength of the Thailand field guide), the general range is clearly stated in the text. And the status is given as well. This field guide covers Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, and Singapore.
Another major strength of this field guide (also true of "Birds of Thailand") is that the text faces the plates, which are all in color. All 1,270 species covered in the text are illustrated.
The only two very minor weaknesses is that only the Southeast Asia range is described in the text. The other is that there are no lines or arrows pointing to major field marks. But these are very minor, and do little if anything, to detract from the excellent points of this book.
This is THE book to carry with you if you are traveling to, or through, Southeast Asia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great new edition for my birdwatching trips to Asia. The Photographs/ drawings are great, very detailed. I find it excellent., I believe the pages would be semi-waterproof. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alfred Keep
This is a useful and thorough field guide for this region of the world. That being said, one of the key pieces of information (distribution) is only given as text, instead of a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zachary M. Dufran
This book was comprehensive and was the same book my birding guide in Myanmar used.Published 7 months ago by Annie Hat Williams
I bought this book for our daughter who lives in Bali Indonesia. She really liked it as it had many of the birds
surrounding their home. Read more
I spent a week birding in Cambodia, and this was a great guide for the country. As others have mentioned, the guide does not have distribution maps, which can make it difficult to... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Patrick Blake