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Birds: ID Insights: Identifying the More Difficult Birds of Britain [Hardcover]

Dominic Couzens
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10 April 2014
Birds: ID Insights is ideal for birders of all levels. Its unique layout, comparing the plumages of similar pairs and groups of species, makes it perfect for identifying the more difficult birds found in Britain and other parts of north-west Europe. It has more images showing how to age birds than any comparable guide, and its handy compact size makes it practical for taking out into the field. The book is based on a long-running series of identification features in Bird Watching magazine. Author Dominic Couzens and artist David Nurney have spent years compiling the field notes and artworks for this series, and here their efforts are drawn together and made complete in a single volume that is easy to carry in the field and practical for birders to use. In addition they have expanded the species list from the magazine series and added many new birds, including the likes of Subalpine Warbler, Short-toed Lark, and Red-rumped Swallow. in total, the book covers more than 230 species, with easy-to-identify species such as Magpie and Kingfisher given minimal coverage so that the more difficult ID issues can be covered as fully as possible.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Natural History (10 April 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1472909836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472909831
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 14.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Useful addition to the libraries of both 'improvers' and more experienced bridwatchers. BBC Wildlife Any longtime reader...will instantly recognize the style and grace of Dave Nurney's artwork, and the charming tone of Dominic Couzen's in-depth descriptions, combined here into a thoroughly professional guide...what's not to love? Bird Watching

About the Author

Dominic Couzens is an ornithologist based in Dorset. He writes for BBC Wildlife and Bird Watching, and has written many books, including Atlas of Rare Birds and Top 100 Birding Sites of the World for New Holland. Artist David Nurney specialises in birds and has illustrated many books, including Woodpeckers, Nightjars and the RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds.

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This book is unique. The points to observe are clearly stated and beautifully illustrated. Multiple points are listed and the sex differences and juvenile characteristics are clearly set out. It is much better than any of the many guides I am familiar with. Although the common and easily identified species that cannot be confused are omitted it enables the ones that can be confused to be quickly distinguished. I would recommend it wholeheartedly to help guides explain why a species is given a particular name rather than talk vaguely about its jiz. Perhaps a mention of differences in the song would also be useful but they would be difficult to put into words. Great value and it works!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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Very good book well worth the money and very informative
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5.0 out of 5 stars excelent 27 Jun 2014
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The book is very good at what it says it is for. Where birds are obvious to ID (like a male linnet) they are not in the book. But the female linnet is more difficult and is included. Not a book to ID birds but excelent for differenciating and ID similar birds.Makes an excelent addition to your library.
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