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on 23 November 2015
This is the only realistic option to take with you on a tour to Bhutan. It is based on the much larger Birds of the Indian Sub-continent but without all the species you will not see in Bhutan so is therefore much more compact and truly pocket-sized. The standard of illustrations is very good but the information about every species is very concise. There are no range maps but a code for each species indicating which parts of Bhutan they are found. Although this book was published in 1999 don't be put off by the fact that it is 16 years old, nothing much has changed and the illustrations still meet todays very high standards.
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on 1 April 2014
It looks pretty good and a convenient size to carry around but you pay for it with the small print. Fine if you are young, but not so good in poor light with glasses. I have not yet gone to Bhutan but will do so in 3 weeks.
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on 19 December 2015
The illustrations look really good but the book loses two stars for two reasons. The first, the worst, is the fact that the index refers you to non-existent plate numbers. That is, the plates aren't numbered at all so you have no option but to go through the book and number the plates yourself. It's a really bizarre omission.

The second star is lost because there are no distribution maps. Instead, each bird description ends with a string of letters (e.g. C, G, Sa, T, Th, To, W) which indicate the dzongkhags, or districts, in which the birds may be found. You then have to refer to a page at the front of the book showing a map of Bhutan with the districts marked. Having a distribution map alongside each bird might take up a bit more space, but with a field guide this slim (about half an inch) a few more pages wouldn't have made a great deal of difference weight-wise but would have made the book a lot more user-friendly in the field.
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