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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the study of the Paleartic Warblers
This is a book focused on the warblers of Europe, North Africa and Asia.I really wait something more spectacular about the pics, cause i have the Mullarney-Svensson like first bird guide, and it's pics are really the best that i ever seen. So, apart of this the guide is very good, pics are good (not spectaculars), complete text. It's price (what i paid) is the best for...
Published on 23 April 2009 by J. Castro

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2.0 out of 5 stars Appalling Artwork & Maps; Text Can Be Useful
I own more than 20 volumes of the Helm Identification Series, of which many are invaluable classics. This one, however, get's my vote for the worst of the lot. It's a great shame as this is a popular bird family with plenty of identification challenges.

- Artwork:
It is often said that artwork/plates are a matter of taste, but I think the overwhelming...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Appalling Artwork & Maps; Text Can Be Useful, 8 April 2013
I own more than 20 volumes of the Helm Identification Series, of which many are invaluable classics. This one, however, get's my vote for the worst of the lot. It's a great shame as this is a popular bird family with plenty of identification challenges.

- Artwork:
It is often said that artwork/plates are a matter of taste, but I think the overwhelming majority would agree that these are pretty appalling. They are the style of decades gone by; very rough and lacking detail (although large in size), some with weird shapes or contortions, strong colours totally inappropriate to the subtle tonal differences that are needed. Several appear to have been doctored afterwards to correct crown shapes, etc.

- Maps:
All distribution maps are opposite the artwork and are very small. Many show huge ranges - some the whole of Europe, Asia and Africa, on a space no greater than a postage stamp. These maps attempt to show all the country borders as well. Pale yellow for summer distribution is often unclear. Small, well executed maps opposite plates can still be very useful, and nowadays they are sometimes even supplemented by enlarged versions with the text (as in other volumes in the series), but that is not the case here.

+ Text:
The book is useful for textual detail concentrating on identification, adding details on moult, voice, habitat and behaviour, distribution and measurements, etc. It appears the author's experience leans towards birds in the hand/ringing. Nevertheless, details on habitat and behaviour helped me identify a poorly seen Smoky Warbler in Nepal, as this info was lacking in the field guide.

Resumé: With another artist on board and better maps this could have been another classic, but we will have to wait again (that said, some of these warblers have been covered again in Reed & Bush Warblers). For more text detail on ID, especially for the Asian leaf warblers that are not well covered elsewhere, it is worth it if you can find a good price (I found mine as overstock for £10).
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3.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS FOR THE TEX, 16 April 2010
I brought this book as I was going to spend six weeks birding in Asia, three weeks in Mongolia and three weeks in India. When this book arrived it looked by the cover to be very good. Oh dear,I then realize the best art work in the whole book happened to be on the cover. As I flicked through the book I couldn't belivie my eyes the artwork was pretty poor. Which in this day and age is not good enough. But on the brightside the Tex is excellent and the book has been useful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful plates!, 22 May 2013
Before this volume was published there was as gap in the literature for a comprehensive treatise on the Old World warblers. Regrettably this is still the case. On the positives the text is well researched and well written. The plates though are truly dreadful. Kevin Baker is not an artist and the task of illustrating the book should have been passed elsewhere. The cover art is not bad, but this is not representative of the plates inside. The warblers are (very!) subtle species and in many cases the differences slight. Don't buy this book expecting to be able to use the plates as a field (or museum!) reference. Opportunity missed I'm afraid, and this volume will go down as an example of how not to do a family monograph!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the study of the Paleartic Warblers, 23 April 2009
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J. Castro "phyllobates" (Spain) - See all my reviews
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This is a book focused on the warblers of Europe, North Africa and Asia.I really wait something more spectacular about the pics, cause i have the Mullarney-Svensson like first bird guide, and it's pics are really the best that i ever seen. So, apart of this the guide is very good, pics are good (not spectaculars), complete text. It's price (what i paid) is the best for this kind of book.
Recommendable for someone who needs a book to make consults, maybe not to simple read.
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