First and foremost this is not a field guide. Although it has a comprehensive summary of the status and distribution of all 374 bird species recorded in Jordan it does not have every bird illustrated although many are (either photo or sketch). Nor does it have identification details. For a Field Guide you'll need something like 'Birds of the Middle East (Helm Field Guides)' also available on Amazon. So if it's not a Field Guide then what it is ? Well, the focus is on locations, records, times of year, and probabilities of sightings taking into account migration and breeding, etc. Regarding locations it goes into more specific detail than the standard colour shaded map section of a Field Guide would ever do and herein lies it's strength, making it a must for anyone who wants to go 'exploring' Jordan for birds. Particularly useful is the section on places to visit and accompanying map sketches. Here is a typical example of the text contained in the book:
' The Dunn's Lark has occurred and bred, although perhaps only erratically, at localities in Wadi Araba, and in the Eastern and Basalt Deserts.
A nest was found in Wadi ash Shaumari in 1965, and at that time other birds were seen in Wadi Rajil (between Al Umari and Tell Qorma), and on a silt pan 27km west of Ar Ruwayshid. At these sites it was found on rough sandy ground with scattered low shrubs in wadi spreads within limestone desert. There are few recent reports from the above areas.
At Wadi Abu Dubana on the flanks of Wadi Araba, up to ten, including singing birds, were seen in 1990 and 1994. It is assumed that this population was associated with the 1988/89 winter influx into Wadi Araba (previously only noted in Israel). '
So a very worthwhile book for anyone planning to explore the region for birds. You'll need a Field Guide of course but this book gives you something more and a big plus is the fact that it is specific to Jordan and not the whole of the Middle East as the Field Guides are. It's also a very nice book and a good read.