Advanced Bird ID Handbook Paperback – 5 Aug 2011
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A must have for serious birders in the Western Palearctic, even if you own the author's 2010 guide book. --BirdBooker Report, July 2011
It's a great reference companion for the original field guide, with additions and amendments to the accounts of nearly every species, all recent taxonomic changes and new species in the region, over 20 tables giving comparisons of the features of sets of similar species and a full checklist of Western Palearctic species.
--Surrey Nature, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Autumn 2011
About the Author
Nils van Duivendijk is an ornithologist and author based in the Netherlands. He is a regular contributor to Dutch Birding and other esteemed ornithological journals.
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In 2010, the ground breaking 'Advanced Bird ID Guide' was published in English for the first time. This was an update of the original Dutch version published in 2002. It was a revelation. No illustrations apart from topography diagrams, and with no maps, there had never been anything quite like it before. Although about the same size as the Collins Bird Guide (but thinner), it contained a huge amount of information regarding identification, ageing, sexing and racing any bird encountered in the field in Europe. The great thing about the book was that it was so portable, and really lent itself to being used whilst out. Many birders (myself included) were so impressed with it that they purchased a second copy to be left on the shelf as a home reference, while leaving the first to become dog - eared by constant use in the field. Now, just a year later we have the 'Advanced Bird ID Handbook'. This is essentially the same book, but much larger, and is indeed intended to be that 'home reference' of the earlier book. So why buy this book, when it is coming so quickly after the first?
The 'Advanced Bird ID Handbook' is larger, so is much more comfortable to use as a home reference book. It has a larger typeface and about 100 extra pages. Size wise it's similar to the chunky (and recently published) 'Crossley ID Guide' to Eastern Birds (USA). It's a softback and also similar in style to the Crossley Guide. There is a 'Bird Family Finder' listed on the cover flaps both on the front and continued on the back for quick location of the bird you are searching for. The design and layout inside are pretty much the same as the earlier book, but more spaced out and easier on the eye.Read more ›
Having said that this is a classic book that should be in the library of every serious birder.
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Very interesting and complete handbook, without illustrations but with an overwhelming quantity of data. ++++++Published 2 months ago by IACOPI ALESSANDRO
A very profitable purchase. Easy to use and pointed to the key features of bird species to identify them accuratelyPublished on 6 Jun. 2014 by Juan Rafael Suárez
Too clever for me! I couldn't get my head around this and disliked the whole concept of birdwatching as if the subjects were specimens for dissection in front of me. Read morePublished on 9 July 2013 by Martin Johnson
Really good book, though lacks huge amount of detail. THere is a good amount and it is simplified down to the key features.Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by Christopher Lycett
This book does not contain a single picture or photo which makes it inadequate for an amateur bird watcher. What a pity.Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Sigi D
There is an anomaly for Taiga and Tundra Bean Goose on size comparison in table 1 of the handbook. I won't purchase until sorted. How many other mistakes are therePublished on 21 Nov. 2012 by Cheshire Birder