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Good pictures and into but not the best overall birding book for China
on June 1, 2013
I bought this and had it shipped to me in China which cost a small fortune, but I couldn't get Birds of China sent to me where I was.
Used it on several short birding trips and sometimes it was as good or better than what my Chinese birding guides had, but there were definitely birds missing. It wasn't very clear how much of China was covered. We were mostly in eastern China but perhaps not quite as limited an area as the book intended to cover. For example, we saw lots of Yellow-Throated Laughing Thrushes [Garrulax Galbanus] at the YueLiang Wan Nature Reserve in Jangxi Province and the book doesn't even list the species. Of course on other supposedly "authoritative" works, it is listed as a species of "Least Concern" but with a range only in India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. The Chinese guides told us that it is highly endangered in China with a population of only about 200. We must have seen 30 or more individuals in one Nature Reserve where a dozen or more photographers were out trying to get good shots of them.
Probably this is a good guide if you are traveling more widely in East Asia but not focusing on China.