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Birds of the Middle East: Second Edition (Princeton Field Guides) Paperback – November 28, 2010
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"I highly recommend this field guide to any birder, beginner or advanced, visiting the Middle East. Most of the plates are true to life and the physical description thorough. More importantly, the information is packaged in a user-friendly format."--The Eyrie
"Birds of the Middle East: Second Edition is a durable, well-sized field guide for an under-birded yet highly interesting region of the world."--Birdfreak.com
"I have decided that this portable well written guide is the one I will take with me. For anyone travelling to the Middle East, whether on business or pleasure but with an interest or a passion for birds, this second edition of Birds of the Middle East sets the standard again, and I highly recommend it."--Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog
"[T]his is truly a field guide based on size and weight; very practical for use in the field. There is no fluff nor wasted pages in this field guide. . . . This field guide is perfectly suited to help people of all skill levels identify birds in the Middle East."--Birding is Fun blog
"This guide will become the book of choice for birders visiting the Middle East."--Choice
Praise for the first edition: "There has always been a problem deciding which books to take birding in the Middle East. With the arrival of this new field guide to the region it is now possible to contemplate using only one book in the field. . . . This is an indispensable and thoroughly recommended aid for birdwatchers in the Middle East and beyond."--Andrew Grieve, Birdwatch
Praise for the first edition: "This excellent book is a must for anyone going to this region. Beginners will find it easy to use. . . . Advanced birdwatchers will learn something that they have not yet, and what will ultimately help with correct identification. The bottom line is: this is the best field guide published so far on birds of the Middle East."--Zpravy Mos, Wilson Bulletin
"The illustrations in Birds of the Middle East are superior. Not only are they better executed, they tend to be larger and less crowded on each page. As a consequence, the birder probably does not need a secondary bird book."--Dan Tallman, South Dakota Bird Notes
"I recommend this field guide to any birder that plans on exploring the Middle East in search of the 800 plus species covered. The slick layout and very accurate drawings will allow for unmistakable identifications in the field."--Timothy Schreckengost, Words about Birds blog
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My first feeling with this new edition was kind of WOW, what a fine and attractive book. I have the first edition as well, so I can compare. I definitely like the new arrangement and the more informative distribution maps. Most illustrations have been retained from the first edition, but they are often larger now as the plates are now much less crowded. Just as an example, there are now two plates for the seven species of nightjars. In this particular case, however, I liked the possibility of comparing all the species on the same page in the first edition. In many other cases, the spreading over more pages has been most welcome, however. Some species illustrations have been redone without any obvious benefit as far as I can see. A case in point being the sandgrouse, though the larger illustrations per se are welcome. In some cases, the new illustrations are of quite inferior quality as far as I'm concerned. In particular, I think the terns are now of a quality like one could find decades ago. It's mostly the proportions in the flying birds that I think are off in several species, way too slim. It's because of such cases that I think the book would actually not deserve a full fifth star.
In at least one case, the first edition had an additional illustration. Thus the flight picture of the Rufous Turtle Dove is now missing.
Some confusion arises when comparing species names. Thus, again just to list one example, I first thought the Indian Hawk Cuckoo Cuculus varius was missing.Read more ›
The introduction is brief covering the basics of how to use the guide before you are into the plates. Each of the 176 plates are well illustrated with good, sharp artwork. Most are not crowded and most of the artwork is a fairly decent size with a few exceptions. A good portion of the raptors though are only shown in flight, this is most likely where you'll see them especially as this is a major flyway between breeding and non-breeding grounds. There is a good plate on the comparison of large white-headed gulls which will help with this tough group.
The range maps are in three tones with resident breeding, migration and all year resident, I would have liked to see red for the endemic species to add emphasis to those that are only found in this region. The maps also indicate the political borders so you have a better clue where species lie. Though countries like Egypt, Sudan, Armenia and Turkmenistan are shown on the maps the range indicators do not also include them. Only the countries represented in this book are shown in white, all others are in grey with no color ranges shown.
The text covers English and Latin name with size then a description of the bird with identification tips rather than a general description. Hints on how they differ from other similar species, distinguishing habits and key factors are highlighted in bold as the main points to look for. There is a good deal of information on voice where applicable and notes on habitat.Read more ›
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Very good book to all 800 species of the Middle East. Very compact and usable second editionPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This became the go-to field guide on our trip to Israel. Well illustrated with good text, making identifications easier and done with more confidence. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Richard Wolfert
This is a good field guide that covers an area of the word that is not well travelled by Westerners. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Steve Arena
This is a clesr, cconcise book. It appears to be the "go to" book for this subject. Each picture is a work of art.Published on January 19, 2014 by Deanna Knoll
A quality scientific work with beautiful illustrations and valuable range maps. The text is both very useful for ornithologists and birders as well as attractively laid out and... Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Maria T. Baldi