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The Birds of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan [Paperback]

Ian J. Andrews , John Busby
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  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: I.J.Andrews (Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952497808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952497806
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Offers something different to a Field Guide 7 Jan 2013
By K. P. Borley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Offers something different to a Field Guide 7 Jan 2013
By K. P. Borley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good data and distribution reference, photos of 100+ species 7 July 2008
By Jack Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Basics: 1995, softcover, 185 pages, 160 color photos of 129 species, 374 species discussed, range maps, seasonal charts

This is a unique book covering an area that rarely receives specific attention on its birdlife. Similar in format to the earlier Birds of the UAE by Richardson, this book is a hybrid between an atlas and a photo guide. All of the birds of Jordan are covered in this book. Depending on the bird's status in the country, it receives anywhere between 3 sentences and 3 paragraphs of discussion. The text refers exclusively to the bird's status, distribution, and habitat. This is not an identification guide. It's a reference book outlining the bird's presence in the country.

Of the 160 color photos, 31 show the various habitats of Jordan and the remaining 129 photos show 107 different species. These photos are generally good. Within the text, another 82 black-and-white sketches are included. These are more for aesthetics and not for practical field use.

The two other features of the book are the range maps and the seasonal charts. The range maps of Jordan are broken into geologic versus politic boundaries. This helps to create a more accurate map of the bird's distribution. The season chart is a horizontal bar beginning with January and continuing to December. Dark or light shading above the month denotes common or uncommon occurrence in the country during that time of the year.

Lastly, 18 pages are dedicated to birding locations within Jordan. These are accompanied with maps along with notes on what the area is like along with expected birds.

This book offers information not available anywhere else and will inform you of the status and distribution of the birds in Jordan. It is a good library reference for those who want more historical and status data on the region's birds.

I've listed several related books below...
1) Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East by Jonsson
2) The Birds of Israel by Shirihai
3) Birds of the Middle East and North Africa: A Companion Guide by Hollom et.al.
4) Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East by Porter et.al.
5) The Birds of Israel by Paz
6) Birds of Lebanon and the Jordan Area by Benson
7) A Photographic Guide to Birds of Israel and the Middle East by Porter/Cottridge
8) A Photographic Guide to Birds of Egypt and the Middle East by Porter/Cottridge
9) Birds of Syria by Baumgart
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good for identification 11 July 2007
By Meghan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is more of a guide for people who are familiar with the bird species, or who have another guide with clear descriptions or photo plates for every species.

None of the entries describe the birds' appearances or any field markings, but instead simply list all of the locations where the bird has been sighted.

There are color photo plates, which are nice, but cover maybe half the species in the book.

A better choice is Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East (Princeton Field Guides), which is a bit thicker and heavier, but would have saved me a lot of trouble on my trip!
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