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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2013
There are not many guides for the region. I am travelling to Malaysia and wanted a nice, handy bird guide that I can learn the birds. I do not plan to visit Malaysia more than once/twice so I did not want to spend too much for the guide. I did not expect much as the cover doesn't look to me very attractive but the guide is excellent. Comparable to famous Collins Bird Guide. Beautiful illustrations, most sexes and ages, descriptions side by side with the plates. What is missing is maps and description of sexes and ages directly on plates. Instead all illustrations are numbered. I understand however as distributions are probably poorly known and names are changing often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2012
This is "The Book" to get for birding in Thailand. For the customer who complains that its not as well designed as the Collins Bird Guide. Yes I would agree to some extent but there is certainly nothing wrong with the design.

What makes this book easier to use than Collins Bird Guide I find are the miniature pictures in the front on one single page. If for example I want to find kingfishers I can look for 1-2 seconds until I see a kingfisher with the number 20 next to it. Then flick through to Plate 20. This is a really great feature and means I can use the book very quickly in the field.

Bought all the books on the subject and this is the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2010
Still to use this field guide in the field as my holiday was cancelled, but I can say this about the book the artwork is very good perhapes not up to the standard of the new Collins of Britain and Europe but then what is. The only problem is that there are no maps which means you have to read the tex to find if a certain bird can be found in the area you are in. Which is a big problem as this field guide covers 7 different oountries.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 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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on 20 June 2015
This is an excellent book for anyone wanting an all-inclusive book for all of SE Asia. What lets this book down is that the plates are separate from the text and there is no map section next to each bird. It is up to date being republished in 2015. There is a nice overleaf which shows the major species for each of the 120 plates with some plates being referenced twice due to different species on the plate. It is rather large at 544 pages. I would also recommend this book as there is no Myanmar book which shows the map, rarity, bird and description in the same area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2013
Have taken this book on last three trips to Malaysia and found it a wonderful and accurate aid in recognising the local birds.
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on 24 May 2014
As it's the only book covering the countries of SE Asia, there's no choice! We were recently on a conducted birdwatching tour in Cambodia, and there was general agreement that it needs revising and improving. Among our fellow birders was a PhD who had written birding books for South America, so it wasn't just those of us who are admitted amateurs!
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on 17 May 2014
Used as part of a 2 month trip to region, superb all round guide, excellent illustrations covering all plumages, lack of distribution maps doesn't matter as does give indication of range, e,g. Resident SW Laos, winter visitor N Malaysia etc... light and handy, text is thorough too, overall can't think if any negatives.
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on 9 July 2013
I am in agreement with other reviewers by saying it is a massive work but the lack of maps makes it very difficult to use. At 1kg it is not a field guide.
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on 15 September 2013
Invaluable field guide for anyone travelling in this region. Only downside is its size/weight but this is offset by quantity & quality of the contents
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