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RSPB Handbook of British Birds
Format: Kindle Edition with Audio/VideoChange
Price:£3.80
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2014
I have used several different bird books over the years, but in my opinion this is by far the best single book for birdwatchers. I know that many birders rate other books, such as the Collins Bird Guide, more highly as identification guides. But this book is perfectly adequate for identifying birds in most circumstances, and it has the advantage of being much more than just an identification guide.

As well as excellent illustrations and details on identification, voice, habitat and habits, there are sections for each bird on its food, breeding behaviour, distribution, movements, migration, population and conservation. So if you want to know something about the lives of the birds you are identifying and enjoying, then this is the book for you.

Of course this book only covers British birds, whereas the Collins Guide covers all European birds. But the Collins Guide has the big disadvantage of having maps which are far too small, whereas the maps in this RSPB Handbook are excellent. (There is a distribution map for each species on the same page as the illustrations and text for that species.)

Finally, there is the question of whether it is worth buying this new fourth edition if you already have the third edition, which was published four years ago in 2010. The main changes are in the updating of the distribution maps and the population statistics. There are not a lot of changes other than this, but for me it was worth buying the new edition for this up-to-date information.

Phil Webster.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2015
I bought the Kindle version for my Android smartphone as I liked the idea of listening to the different birdsongs on my phone - I know there are audio files on the RSPB website, but I usually don't have good reception when out for a walk! Unfortunately the audio files don't work. This means almost every page includes the following text, sometimes written several times in succession, "There is audio content at this location that is not currently supported for your device." It is quite off-putting and I wish I had bought the print edition instead. Otherwise the book is excellent - it gives a huge amount of detailed information about the birds, much more than a straightforward identification guide.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2014
what more is there to say....we have here the finest uk birding guide ever. never without it, never more than 2 feet away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2014
I bought the Kindle version to run on a Nexus 7 and/or PC. On both the audio content does not work - "There is audio content at this location that is not currently supported for your device". Very disappointing and significantly takes the edge off of what should be a great publication. Now, in the product description there is a note that, "(Note: Audio may not play on all devices. Please check your user manual for details)", but it would be much better to have included the specific list of supported devices here. Doh! I have finally noticed this list just now near the top of the product page. Really, by now Android and PC kindle software should have this support.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2014
The first edition of this guide was good ,with each edition it has improved , this so far is the best edition crammed with very usefull information . A great armchair read as well as a field guide of the first order . An absolute must for any body with an interest in our feathered friends .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I use this on my iPad with the kindle App, and is great to take out with me while bird watching, very informative, and even has bird call you can listen to. Excellent handbook
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2014
An excellent book, very informative, containing more details about each bird (habits, food, breeding, migration etc) than most bird ID guides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2014
Excellent value on the Kindle fire as you get all the calls and songs to playback as well as detailed identification and ecological text. Rather annoying that on the kindle app on Android or Windows you lose the sound functionality.
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on 18 December 2014
Superb book, I usually keep one in my rucksack when out walking. Birds grouped sensibly, excellent information on habits, habitat, voice etc. Good maps, information on status and migration, really helps narrow down sightings in the field. And not complicated by fancy European species that are highly unlikely to be seen in the UK. There are other books for trips to Europe, but this one seems to be the definitive portable volume for casual twitchers like me on our travels in the British Isles!
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on 30 June 2015
This Kindle edition is a big disappointment. I feel that an eBook bird guide should make identification in the field easier but with this edition unless you know what you're looking for identification is not easy. There is good information about individual birds but sadly the bird sound feature doesn't work in the Android Kindle edition. Look elsewhere if you want an eBook bird identification book or stick to your old paper edition.
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