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A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
by Craig Robson
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant guide and better without maps, 5 Dec 2011
Many reviewers complain of the lack of maps in this excellent guide. I disagree entirely (and I do a great deal of birding around the world, using regional guides) This is one of the very best regional field guides( perhaps best in class, considering the complexity of the task: the quality of illustration and text combined surpasses American, Australasian and African peers. And I applaud the initial decision to use the Sibley-Monroe taxonomic order way back in 2000: the conservatism of publishers and authors alike in sticking with the Vaurie/Peters order is greatly to be regretted and has hindered widespread adoption of the classification which makes evolutionary sense.)

The problem with bird distribution maps is that it is incredibly hard to convey accurate information about the distribution of birds in a region with breeding, resident, passage and wintering occurrence (often overlapping)of a single species in a small-scale map format which is clear and legible. Robson's use of subregions (more granular and topographically informative than countries)for textual distributin information is an excellent compromise: the user simply needs to know which region they are in and with respect, if they cannot use the geographic key to ascertain that information, there is very little a map would tell them in any event....
Stephen Lowe, London

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