Article in: Book Reviews
December 5, 2012
The second edition of Birds of India (Princeton Field Guides) is expectedly fantastic and thorough. It covers India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and The Maldives and includes 1,375 species of birds!
With so many species covered, Birds of India is still manageable in size and easy to browse and find families and species.
The introduction is one of the best and covers expected topics from habitat to conservation. But what I love most is the breakdown of all the families found in this region.
This is the perfect overview for birders new to the area and should really be included in all field guides!
Some of the color plates are a bit crowded but provide an excellent space to quickly compare similar birds. There are 226 plates in all, 73 which are new.
The range maps are small but colored to indicate seasonality. The text is concise but contains a lot of information on identification, voice and habitat
The Indian Subcontinent is a region of great interest to traveling birders and this is the perfect guide for anyone wanting to visit there. It is still my dream to visit Bhutan, one of the most natural countries in the world.
Check out the Birds of India now!
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