Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia (Princeton Field Guides) is a high quality, wonderful bird guide worthy of every birder’s bookshelf. The guide covers a large region which includes: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia. Each species profile includes extensive information with adjacent map.
The color plates are less crowded than most field guides with large drawings. The plates are on the opposing page of the species data and maps, our preferred design for a useful guide. Over 950 maps display range and migration routes for the birds more likely to be encountered.
The beginning of the guide has a handy family key that provides a quick reference to unfamiliar groups of birds and aides in quickly finding the correct section of birds. An appendix provides a detailed (and a bit overwhelming) table of the status of the birds of east Asia. From a conservationist’s point-of-view, this is a wonderful addition to an already superb field guide.
Princeton University Press – $39.95 (paper) / $79.50 (cloth)
by Mark Brazil