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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)
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.
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The descriptions of the birds, and the colored plates, are excellent. Some of the plate pages are a little disorganized, as the pictures are matched with a number (not a name) to the corresponding species description, so it's easy to get mixed up if you're not careful. Also, it seems to me that the author would have done better to organize the plates according to a taxonomic regime, rather than by closeness of appearance or name. The passerines are essentially all lumped together at the end of the book, with only about half of the passerines organized by family or genus. While this may be aesthetically pleasing, I ended up spending a lot of time hastily ransacking the index to find a given species' page number, since it wasn't where (I thought) it should be.
Overall, given the size and scope of this guide, it is very thorough and contains many of the recent splits and lumps (Cambodian Tailorbird is not listed, but this species was only officially described in 2013). It might be too big to be a "field guide," but one can easily bird the entire Southeast Asian peninsula with this one book. Just be sure to do your homework before your trip, so you know where the species you're likely to see are located in the book.
surrounding their home. So for her it was a excellent book to have.
I can't speak to the accuracy of the drawings because I haven't made my trip yet, but the *quality* of them is top-notch. The species descriptions are very detailed. I will edit this report after my trip.