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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland (5 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780090226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780090221
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Background

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?

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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.
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Brillent book I love it and found it so useful that I hardly ever consult another guide for the region covered, but please please don't buy if you are a beginner because it has NO PICTURES and when your starting out you need them.
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I recently had the task of distinguishing a very late autumn Reed Warbler from Blyth's Reed Warbler. Some anomalous features and biometrics raised the question of identity, but this book quickly settled the issue.
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Following on from the Fieldguide the author has expanded the concept of no picture id guides into this Handbook. Not for taking out into the field this book is one you will dip into almost daily.
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What a fabulous work this is, as it displays all the fine detail that even the best field guide like the "Collins" cannot. A heavy well researched tome, about which I can confidently say "if it ain't in here it ain't been in Europe" but way too heavy for field work! Maybe a Kindle version for iPad????
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As I said in my brief review of the first incarnation, at this level you don't need illustrations. Nils has done a phenomenal amount of work culling all the relevant ID criteria from the WPs leading bird journals, ID Guides, monographs and so on. This guide is a real time saver and is a fantastic 'aid memoir'. It also contains lots a info on diagnosable subspecies. For the price, you can't go wrong. Yes, there are the odd mistakes and quirks but, no book is perfect. In fact there a few books in the same league a the Advanced Bird ID Guide but the 2nd edition large format Collins Bird Guide Collins Bird Guide and Storm-petrels & Bulwer's Petrel Storm-petrels and Bulwer's Petrel (North Atlantic Seabirds) are certainly up there!
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By GH on 5 May 2013
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As previous reviewers have said this is not a field guide, rather a reference book. There are no pictures so a basic knowledge of birds is needed to get the best from it.

Having said that this is a classic book that should be in the library of every serious birder.
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My son has wanted this book for ages so we bought it as a Birthday present. I am sure he is getting a lot of enjoyment from it and he was delighted to receive it.
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