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Comment: Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date of Publication: 2011
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Finches & Sparrows (Helm Identification Guides) Hardcover – September 5, 2011

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"If you are interested in both these groups of birds, this is the best book on the market." Cage & Aviary Birds (February 2007) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Peter Clement is a member of the British Birds Rarities Committee and is currently employed by English Nature. Alan Harris, voted British Birds "Bird Illustrator of the Year" in 1982, is that magazine's joint art consultant. John Davis won British Birds "Bird Illustrator of the Year" competition in 1991 and has twice won the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' Fine Art Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Helm Identification Guides
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd (September 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408135086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408135082
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,435,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a breeder and distributor of different finches and this book has been the best resource I have been able to find. The picture plates are finely detailed including many sub-species of each type of finch. It even covers some finches that are too rare to be covered in any other book. There is detailed information on each species including, but not limited to, regional location (including migration and breeding maps), identification, differences between sub-species, availability, habitat requirements, food eaten, and scientific and local names. I really want someone to make a book as well done covering Weavers, Whydas, and Buntings. If you are looking to identify species and sub-species of finches then this is probably the only book you will need--period.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is an absolute must for any bird lover and bird breeder. The Guide covers all Finches, Waxbills and Sparrows. The plates and maps are placed together at the front of the book and the text toward the back. The guide is beautifully illustrated in 73 full color plates. There is an average of 4 species per plate allowing the illustrations to be large and very accurate . Each specie is delt with in great detail including male, female and juvenile plumages and often the subspecies. The maps display breeding, wintering and permanent ranges. Each specie's text is subdevided into pargraphs : Identification,
Description, Geographical Variation, Voice, Status, Habitat and Behaviour, Distribution, Movements, Measurements and Reference.

This is an absolute must have book for every bird lover. It has all the requirements for the perfect bird guide
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By A Customer on December 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
It is a nice book but my only complaint is that the birds in it are limited. It did not have indigo buntings and rose breasted grosbeaks, etc.
Also, some of the descriptions do not seem accurate, eg differences between a yellow fronted canary and a yellow eye canary are not highlighted, and the female distinguishing markings are also not covered. The description on the song is also not accurate. I was disappointed with the book because I expected a lot more for the price I paid.
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