Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide, Second edition. Two volumes

by Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Anderton, John C.
Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide, Second edition. Two volumes

Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide, Second edition. Two volumes

by Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Anderton, John C.

Format: Paperback

Code: 12473

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Field Guide=A guide with illustrations or photographs for identification
The most complete and up-to-date guide to the birds of the region. Revised and updated with the newest findings on vocalizations and taxonomy, including several taxa newly recorded for the region, species whose voice was previously unknown, and additional newly recognized species. Species lists follow familiar Peters order except where changes are well-corroborated by recent research.

Vol. 1 (Field Guide):

  • Now more user-friendly than ever, including vocalization descriptions for almost every species
  • Covers all South Asian birds (including Afghanistan and Chagos).
  • Over 3400 illustrations appear in 180 plates painted especially for this book by expert artists. These depict all known regional species and most distinctive subspecies and plumages.
  • Over 1450 colour maps, based primarily on verified records, represent the ranges of each regularly occurring species and many distinctive races, and distinguish migratory routes from winter ranges.
  • Maps are annotated as to geographic variation, status and habitat.
  • Concise texts give key identification features of each species.
  • To assist in locating groups within the text, illustrated plate keys are provided in the endpapers
  • 378 pp.

Vol. 2 (Attributes and Status):

  • Contains much new information and many revised taxonomic treatments.
  • Alternative names are listed and taxonomic issues are summarized.
  • Specimen measurements specially taken for this book are presented for each species.
  • Complete data about identification, variation, status and distribution, voice, and habits are provided for each species.
  • Problematic records are discussed.
  • Vocalizations are described from recordings, and there are over 1000 sonograms, now with English name labels.
  • Appendices include the region's first hypothetical species list, a gazetteer, brief ornithological histories, and lists of taxonomic changes, regional specimen holdings, and threatened species.
  • A comprehensive index allows users to find whatever names are most familiar to them.
  • Maps indicate geopolitical names, topography, habitats, and bird species diversity and endemism.
  • 683 pp.

Illustrated by Jonathan Alderfer, John C. Anderton, Hilary Burn, Albert Earl Gilbert, Cynthia House, Ian Lewington, Larry B. McQueen, Hans Peeters, John N. Schmitt, Thomas Schultz, Kristin Williams, Bill Zetterstrom

Published by Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. and Michigan State University and Lynx Edicions.

Our Opinion: Finally in paperback! This two-volume set is essential for travel to South Asia, including all species and subspecies known from the region including India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka, as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Chagos Archipelago. It also includes Lakshadweep, and the Andamans and Nicobars. The Attributes and Status volume includes all of the important details like in-depth identification marks, occurrence, habits, and song, including sonagrams, but you can carry the very reasonably-sized paperback field guide volume into the field separately without straining your back!

ISBN: 9788496553859

Publisher: Lynx Edicions

Year of Publication: 2012

Page Count: 1061

Weight: 4.75 lb