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Birds of Southeast Asia (Princeton Field Guides) Paperback – August 21, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Field Guides
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (August 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691124353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691124353
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"One of the best bird field guides ever published."--Oriental Bird Club Bulletin

"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

Craig Robson, a world-renowned expert on Asian birds, was a founding member of the Oriental Bird Club in the UK and has served on its various committees. He leads tours for Birdquest, one of Europe's premier bird tour companies.

Customer Reviews

The color plates and descriptions in this field guide are great, but there are no range maps.
Megan Caldwell
Still, it may well be the only choice and the plates are good, except for 59 and 60, which seem to be by a different artist and 62, which is mostly not in colour.
DavidS
This edition is the first quality guide to the birds of Southeast Asia that is easily portable.
Michele Patterson

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey RR Skrentny on November 21, 2007
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I purchased Birds of SE Asia for some birding days I would have in Singapore in November of 2007. Everyone I asked said it was the best you could find...and my search results indicate they are correct, you can not find a better bird guide for this part of the world than Robson's. BUT, and I mean this only for those of you who will seriously digest this book and use it as a field guide as intensely as I did for my two days in the field, it is not perfect. Sure it covers 1270 species, but I only wanted to know about 400 of them in Singapore. Yes, I am sure that Robson used the most up to date information he had at the time of publication, but for the Singapore birds he just didn't have it all right, including some basic scarcity ratings, and in one case the bird plate just wasn't that accurate a plate.

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.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michele Patterson on March 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This edition is the first quality guide to the birds of Southeast Asia that is easily portable. The original hardback version of Robson's book is too bulky and heavy to be handy in the field. I have used the hardback version for six years and found myself making notes in the field then researching the guide only when I returned to my hotel. I look forward to being able to carry the book with me on most walks. Another vast improvement in the new guide is that the bird descriptions are now on the page facing the illustrations. No more need to thumb back and forth between picture and text. This is the book I've been waiting for!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Margaret S. Opengari on March 9, 2007
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I purchased this guide for a combined trip to Borneo and Peninsula Malaysia. I had a copy of the pocket guide to the Birds of Borneo and was looking for a guide to cover some of the birds that were not pictured in the small Borneo book as well as the Birds of Peninsula Malaysia. For this purpose I was pleased. A few endmic Borneo birds were of course not included but most were included.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Longo on June 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
A really great work! I wish I had this book last year when I made a stopover at the Bangkok Airport going to and from Germany. Even though I was unable to step outside, I did some birdwatching from the large window overlooking the beautiful spacious garden outside. At that time I used a hardback edition of Craig Robson's "Birds of Thailand," that I purchased at the bookstore within the airport.

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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Eye on August 23, 2007
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Mr. Robson's guide is just the thing if you're looking for a wide sampling of the birds of Southeast Asia. The illustrations are first rate and the plates are organized well. Mr. Robson's description of each bird's appearance, its song, and its general habits can be very helpful to the hardcore as well as the casual birder.

The book has some bonus features. There is a handy bird family and genus page pictoral index on the inside of the front cover and the book has a waterproof (and dropping proof) cover.
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