I can't claim to be a very fluent speaker of Spanish, but I can read it quite easily. If you know French, Latin, Italian, or, especially, Catalan or Portuguese, you can read Spanish without much difficulty. There is technical terminology in this, as in any other bird guide, but, as in any other respectable bird guide, there is a display of the parts of a bird, with all the terminology mapped out. The thing is that you can be pretty poor at Spanish, as I am, and still appreciate this book. The greatest bird guide in the world is published in Barcelona; this comes from the same publishing house (Lynx Edicions). The illustrations are as good as you would expect from Lynx; in fact, I think they are superior to the ones in the "Handbook of the Birds of the World". Since the maps in this book cover only Spain, Portugal and part of France, they are also more detailed than the ones in the Handbook. The Handbook describes these species in much more detail than "Aves de Espana" does, because "Aves" is designed as a guide for use in the field - and very well designed. In "Aves de Espana", you get excellent pictures on the righthand page and pretty informative text on the lefthand side. There are additional plates, showing, for instance, raptors in flight. I adore bird books and I think that this may be the best portable guide I have yet seen.
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