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A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia Hardcover – February 1, 2000
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Its main advantage is the updated taxonomy and nomenclature, which will be indispensable to more serious birders, including the addition of some 25 newly-recorded species. The new flexi-cover is great and enhances field-use.
It has drawbacks however. The overall size (15.5 X 23.8cm) and weight is a bit too big to carry around, so it is awkward as a field guide (although it remains excellent for general reference). It still lacks individual range-maps, which is a strong disadvantage in the field (although distribution is given in general terms). The species accounts are in a separate section away from the plates, which can be fiddly and time consuming; you have to navigate between page number, species number, and plate number.
In my view the condensed 2005 version had an easier overall arrangement. It was more practical: lightweight and smaller, in many cases featuring larger illustrations, and species accounts directly opposite the plates.
Having noted all of those (relatively minor) flaws, I should say that this awesome book is still easily the best guide to the region.