The two volumes, "The Birds of Pakistan" written by T.J Roberts is the only complete book covering the avifauna of the region and is a landmark in the field of ornithology. Pakistan's incredibly diverse environment from the highest mountains on earth to burning deserts, rich plains, endless rivers and 1050 km coastline supports 668 species of resident and migrant birds. This monumental book covers all the 668 species believed to occur in Pakistan. Every specie information is presented in detail with illustrations and distribution maps all drawn by the author himself. This first volume ( Regional Studies and Non-Passeriformes ) contains detailed descriptions of 347 nonpasseriformes together with information about zoogeographic influences upon bird distribution, the main ecological zones, migration patterns, and contributions of early ornithologists. The volume contains 23 plates, 68 illustrations, and 285 distribution maps. A must for every birdwatcher who is interested in the avifauna of Pakistan and the neighbouring countries.