A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka, Second Edition [PB]

by Harrison, John and Tim Worfolk
A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka, Second Edition [PB]

A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka, Second Edition [PB]

by Harrison, John and Tim Worfolk

Format: Paperback

Release Date: 1/1/2011

Code: 13467

Condition: New

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Field Guide=A guide with illustrations or photographs for identification
A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka is the first fully comprehensive, modern field guide to this ornithologically fascinating country. All of Sri Lanka's official avian species are described in the text and depicted in a collection of stunning color plates painted by Tim Worfolk, one of Britain's leading bird artists. The text, accessible to experienced ornithologists and beginners alike, highlights the important identification features such as plumage variations, size, calls and songs, range, distribution, and status for every species. The plates illustrate the various plumage variations for each bird, and show the birds perched and also in flight, where relevant to their identification.

An introduction to the guide describes briefly some of the best sites for watching Sri Lanka's abundant avifauna, and provides useful contact addresses for the prospective traveller. This will be an essential purchase for all birdwatchers travelling to the region; the beautiful plates and clearly-written text will also make it a must-have for anyone who loves birds, and Sri Lankan birds in particular.


  • A new edition of a truly comprehensive, up-to-date, modern guide to Sri Lanka's abundant avifauna
  • Contains 49 stunning colour plates by Tim Worfolk
  • All species on the official Sri Lankan list are described in the text
  • Plumage variations according to age, sex, season, and race are depicted. Birds are shown both perched and in flight where relevant to their identification
  • Includes the latest information on the habits and distribution of the region's bird species
  • New and revised colour plates reflect recent changes to the classification of some species, the identification of a completely new species (the Serendib Scops Owl), and the growing number of species on the official list

About the Author(s)
John Harrison has had a lifelong interest in wildlife, and birds in particular. In 1973, he was appointed as a radio producer in the BBC Natural History Unit; during the 18 years he was there, he worked with most of the top naturalists and ornithologists in Britain. As a birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast, he has made many visits to Sri Lanka over a number of years, and has a first-hand knowledge of the Sri Lankan avifauna. He is now the voluntary warden of a 70 ha wetland nature reserve for the Avon Wildlife Trust.
Tim Worfolk is a full-time wildlife artist with several publications to his credit.

Our Opinion: Produced in a compact format, this guide still includes extensive species accounts. The color plates, opposite brief text with identifying marks and small range maps, is in a block in the beginning of the book. The extended species accounts, with English, and Latin names, Identification, Voice, Status and Distribution, and Range, make up the remainder of the book. This book is comprehensive, covering all 426 species on the official checklist, including endemics, migrants, vagrants, and plus a number of species of which there have been unconfirmed sightings, and races that can be readily distinguished in the field.

ISBN: 9780199585670

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Year of Publication: 2011

Page Count: 208

Shipping Weight: 2.10 lb