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Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe [Paperback]

Lars Svensson , Peter J. Grant , Killian Mullarney , Dan Zetterström , David Christie
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Book Description

2 April 2001

The comprehensive and award-winning Collins Bird Guide, published to great acclaim in 1999, has now been reissued in a compact, stylish paperback edition.

Collins have been the leading publishers of bird field guides for over 40 years. The publication of Roger Tory Peterson’s guide in the 1950s, and the guide illustrated by Hermann Heinzel in the 1970s, were landmarks in field guide publishing. Collins New Bird Guide represents yet another landmark for Collins. Written by Lars Svensson, illustrated by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström, and translated by David Christie, this is the strongest team ever to produce a field guide.

Collins New Bird Guide provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and illustrations showing the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding: whatever is important).

In addition each group of birds includes an introduction which covers the major problems involved in identifying or observing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which main species. These and many other common birdwatching questions are answered.

The combination of definitive text, up-to-date distribution maps and superb illustrations, all in a single, portable volume, makes this book the ultimate field guide. It will become essential on every bookshelf and birdwatching trip.



Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (2 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007113323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007113323
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will become the standard guide for many years to come."
-BBC Wildlife

"As essential as binoculars for those who take birdwatching seriously."
-New Scientist

"…go on, buy it and enjoy it – it really is a very good book!"
-RSPB Birds Magazine

"The richest and the most comprehensive of the current guides"
-The Times

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Reviews of the prize winning field guide
Winner of the British Birds/British Trust for Ornithology Bird Book of the Year and Birdwatch Book of the Year

our standard guide for many years to come - BBC Wildlife

As essential as binoculars - New Scientist

it really is a very good book - RSPB Birds

The richest and most comprehensive of the current guides - The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide I've seen 3 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
Since being a child I've been borrowing my dad's weatherbeaten copy of Bertel Bruun's masterpiece, without ever finding an adequate replacement.

This one's finally taken over, crammed with beautiful photos, informative text, and great little touches that make identification easier. There's plenty of extra drawings of species' behaviour to get rid of the unavoidable "stuffed animal" nature of bird plates, and each species has a description of song. There's even an easy to read guide to help you ascertain how common British species are. Yes it's pretty crammed, but all with relevant information, in a book that's deserved to be the new standard for birdwatchers everywhere.

Dad, you can have your book back now.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proabably the best bird guide in the world 9 July 2007
Format:Paperback
If you looking for a guide to help identify the birds you will see in Britain or Western Europe this is it.
***Buy this book before you consider buying any other bird guide***
Why?
Firstly you should never buy a bird guide that uses just photographs to show the birds. Take my word for it they will never in one photograph be able to show perfectly every feature required for correct id or capture colour variations accurately. The illustrations in this book show every detail perfectly, highlighting the relevant features, showing similar species together, covering male/female/juvenile plumages where necessary and importantly in accurate colour.
2, The descriptions are superb, every distinguishing plumage or vocal detail covered, telling you exactly what you need to know.
3, Useful detail is given about the status of the species, whether it is resident, a migratory visitor or a rare vagrant.
4, Maps showing likely range of each bird are shown, including colour detail that shows whether it is likely to be present all-year, winter or summer.
In summary this is a monumental effort by the authors to create the perfect bird guide in book form. As the owner of dozens of bird guides, I can say this is as close as I have seen.
I repeat, you should buy this before buying any other Bird Guide.
A copy of this book and a good audio guide to songs and calls is all you should need to identify the vast majority of birds you will see in the area covered by it.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best bird guide......... 27 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I bought this book on recommendation from this website.
It is an excellent guide, the drawings are first class.
I am only a part time bird watcher mainly from my kitchen window and the occasional walk in the local wood.
But this book has been invaluable to me.
Buy it you won't be disappointed.
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118 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best field guide to any avifauna 8 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book emerged onto a highly competitive market already burgeoning with numerous field guides, most by renowned authors and many having benefitted from improvement over several editions. Quite simply though, this book won instant recognition as the best field guide available for Europe - and perhaps a model for field guides everywhere. Its authors are well known experts in their field having spent many years studying and publishing on the birds of the region. However, the key to the guide's success is the fact that so much more useful information has been condensed into a guide which is much the same size as existing books. The book boasts excellent illustrations, succinct text and handy maps, all presented on a the same page. Small enough to fit into a pocket and cheap, it is a must for anyone even remotely interested in British or European birds. Don't hesitate!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By ME
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In short - if you want an identification guide to European birds this is easily the best available to date.

On the cover it says 'The most complete field guide to the birds of Britain and Europe' and (at least at the present time) this is certainly true. The book is a little large to fit in most pockets - but all birdwatchers should be encouraged to carry a field notebook anyway (leave this book in the car, or at home or your hotel!) - if you do want to carry a guide with you it will fit in some large coat pockets, or easily into a backpack.

The illustrations, which are on the page facing the text and maps for each species, are excellent and show the birds in a variety of different positions (often including in flight), and illustrate all of the different plumages that are likely to be encountered. Important features are highlighted on the ilustrations by means of text captions and pointers.

The text is concise and contains all the most important information on identification and size, including verbal descriptions of songs and calls (often calls confirm an otherwise uncertain bird identification). Anyone who is not used to bird guides, and the birds themselves, will probably find that the phonetics mean very little - however if you have already heard the species being described they form an accurate reminder.

Anyone who uses a PDA may wish to consider the e-guide version, which has all the ilustrations and information from the book + recordings of the birds songs and calls - personally I find a book and CD (or MP3 files) easier!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book 8 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
To me this is the BOOK. Unlike a few I've seen this book is ideal for beginners like myself who although has been interested in bird watching and wild life for years, I decided that this year as I was on Holiday in Norfolk it was perhaps an ideal time to get started. This book I have found is one of the best I have found so far. Now all I need is a good scope to enjoy whats in the book even more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best on the market
This second edition is equally as good as the first, the best for even new to bird watching as my wife and I are and at Amazon's price excellent value.
Published 3 hours ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very informative pictures good for identification
Published 4 hours ago by Mrs dawn bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars which was great. Unfortunately
I received this much quicker than indicated on the order, which was great. Unfortunately, it's still in a box from my house move, so I've not had an opportunity to use it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Rachel Leeson
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it!
Nothing more can be said about this. I just love it!!! I have the normal edition, the large edition (which by the way is super-amazing, because the ilustrations are bigger and we... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Helder Pais
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This us an amazing book to categorise birds with
Published 2 days ago by chloe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bird guide
Excellent bird guide, just bought this as a replacement copy as I lost mine on holiday. Would not be without this wherever I go,you never know when you are going to see a bird that... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jennifer Davis
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the "industry standard"
Published 6 days ago by John P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An improvement on our previous field guide.
Published 6 days ago by Mrs. Tina Langford
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value
This book is exemplary in all its formats. The best bird guide I have seen. The clarity and range of drawings for each bird is very informative. Read more
Published 11 days ago by S. A. Eeles
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide
This is an excellent field guide very compact to help in the identification of European birds and beyond. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Juan Verhelst
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