27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2000
This is the best guide to the birds of China on the market. However there is not much competition. By the standard of many modern bird books this one is slightly disappointing. The plates are of variable quality with the worst (of geese) being of little assistance in identification. There are too many typographical errors. The text is limited which is to an extent understandable given the number of species described. All in all this book did not quite live up to expectations.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2010
I had to buy this book as I was travaling to Mongolia and as there was not a book out that covers that country. (there is now though)
I have 2 problems with this book.
First the artwork is not very good and second. the plates and the tex are on separate pages so if you want to read up on a species while out in the field you have to go to the back of the book and franticly flick through the pages and when you find the tex for the bird you are looking at. OH! its flown off.
on 20 August 2014
This is a useful guide overall, though some plates were good, while others, particularly finches were poor, the latter rendering some species unidentifiable. The text appears quite good for a field guide, however, as the book has been confiscated for a present for my birthday next month I will hopefully have more time for a thorough assessment.
Thanks for a very prompt delivery.