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Birds of Nepal (Princeton Field Guides) [Paperback]

Richard Grimmett , Carol Inskipp , Tim Inskipp
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9 Oct 2000 Princeton Field Guides

From the streets of Kathmandu to the breathtaking Himalayas, Nepal is an extraordinary destination for ecotourists. This field guide provides an unrivaled introduction to the diverse birdlife of the region.

Featuring more than 100 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India, the guide depicts all the known species that occur regularly in Nepal as well as vagrants. The succinct text on the facing pages covers identification, voice, and distribution. This compact field guide is the one volume that every adventurous traveler to Nepal must have.

  • Covers all 760 species in Nepal, including variation by age, sex, and subspecies
  • 110 color plates with text on facing pages for at-a-glance identification
  • Concise text covering identification, voice, habitat, altitudinal range, distribution, and status
  • Introduction covering habitats, birding areas, local organizations, and conservation

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (9 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691070482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691070483
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,241,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The authors have done a wonderful job of balancing the needs of information and space, and it is difficult to imagine that their effort will be improved on."--Bird Watcher's Digest

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nepal Birds-A review 5 May 2009
A super book that will add another great dimension to my Himalayan trip this autumn
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good illustrations; text is thin on some birds 5 Sep 2008
By Jack Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
softcover; 110 color plates show all 760 species found in the country; a limited amount of text (3-15 short lines) provides only briefest of descriptions for each bird; no range maps

This Nepal guide is a reduced version of the author's previous and much larger work: A Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Containing the same illustrations but for only the relevant birds, this is a smaller version and can be labeled as a true field guide-sized book.

All the birds found in Nepal are illustrated quite well and most of them are shown with multiple plumages when significant differences exist between genders, age, or subspecies. The 110 plates are illustrated with good artistry and will be good enough to help with even the more difficult of bird groups (e.g., warblers) to identify. Each plate contains 3-11 different species and show between 8-29 illustrations. Some of the plates of the plates with a higher count of illustrations, especially the raptors and shorebirds, are notably congested with the various perched and flying birds. Although this causes many of the birds to be a bit small on the plate, they will still be useful for identification.

Like this book's sister counterparts (Bhutan, Northern India, Southern India) the text is the weaker part of the book. Each bird receives 3-15 lines that provide a brief description of it. This text may not always be sufficient to differentiate between many of the more similar birds. For some birds, a line or two is offered about the habitat or distribution. The raptors receive the most coverage while the passerines receive the least (e.g., 3-5 lines). There is only the sparsest of information given for vocalizations while many of the birds receive none. There are also no range maps given for the birds.

To help supplement the relatively thin text on identification, eleven tables are included in the back of the book. These tables provide a comparison between the more difficult bird groups such as nightjars, warblers, rosefinches, and the Yellow and the White Wagtail subspecies.

This guide will serve you well in Nepal and is probably the second-best option, aside from the author's larger Birds of India that uses the same plates and covers the entire subcontinent. A superior, but more expensive book for artistry and in depth text is the Birds of South Asia by Rasmussen.

If you're looking at other titles by these authors (Inskipp and Grimmett) keep in mind this Nepal guide comes from the combined (but still condensed) Birds of India, which includes range maps. Basically, if you own Birds of India, you already own everything in this Nepal book. And, these two books (India and Nepal) all come from the aforementioned larger work that has everything along with extensive, in-depth text. -- (written by Jack at Avian Review with sample pages, September 2008)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 7 Mar 2002
By Jedediah Brodie - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book, with beautiful illustrations (way better than photographs), and just about all the data one would need to go birding in Nepal. I highly recommend it.
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