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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
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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.
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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 11 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 13 months ago by Zachary M. Dufran
This book was comprehensive and was the same book my birding guide in Myanmar used.Published 14 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 on March 11, 2014 by Patrick Blake