Second edition. Illustrated by Steve N.G. Howell. A compendium of information on identifying, ageing, and sexing passerines and near-passerines in the hand. While of primary utility to banders, the wealth of information is of interest to both birdwatchers and ornithologists, whether engaged in bird banding or not. Based heavily on field work and specimen examination, much new information is presented for the first time. Front material describes and illustrates techniques for identifying, ageing, and sexing birds and 45 pages of Literature Cited round out this robust paperbound volume of 835 pp. Part II: Anatidae to Alcidae is alsd available from Buteo Books. This indispensable set is a must for banders and advanced birders.