This innovative guide will be an essential addition to the library of any serious birder. It accurately describes every key detail of every plumage of all 1,000 species that have ever occurred in Britain, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East the region known to all keen birdwatchers as the Western Palearctic. Its level of detail is unprecedented for a book of this size, and it will be sought after by all bird enthusiasts. A large number of existing bird field guides cover Europe and the Western Palearctic. This, however, is a guide with a difference. It has no colour plates or illustrations, but instead its unique selling point is that for every species the detailed text lists the key characters of each recognizable plumage, including male, female, immature, juvenile, all subspecies and all other variations. This level of detail includes, for example, all eleven forms of Canada goose and all nine forms of yellow wagtail known in the region. In the past such in-depth detail has only been available in huge multi-volume tomes such as Birds of the Western Palearctic. The Advanced Bird ID Guide enables birders to take this information into the field for the first time. The detailed yet concise nature of the guide means that the original Dutch edition of this title became an instant classic when it was published in 2002. UK birders who know of the Dutch edition have been eagerly awaiting an English-language version for many years, so this is an exciting opportunity for New Holland in terms of publishing a cutting-edge bird book. The book will be endorsed by the renowned journal British Birds, which has been running for more than 100 years and which has a dedicated and enthusiastic readership.
Nils van Duivendijk lives in the Netherlands. He is the author of the award-winning The Advanced Bird ID Guide and Advanced Bird ID Handbook.
Nils took his first steps into the world of birding at the age of 9 when on holiday on one of the Dutch Wadden Islands, and from this moment he already had a great interest in bird ID. From his mid-twenties he started to study bird ID in a more systematic way, became a member of, and then chairman of, the Dutch Rarities Committee and published the precursor to the 'Advanced bird ID books' in Dutch in 2002: the Dutch Birding Kenmerkengids.
For getting field experience and studying certain species he has travel through most European countries, Israel, India, Kazakhstan, China en North-America; his passion for discovering more and new ID features will be never-ending. The Dutch Wadden Islands Texel and Vlieland are still one of his favourite birding destinations.