Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia (Princeton Field Guides) Paperback – 15 Feb 2009
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"Well-written and well-organized, this excellent book will be widely applauded by the professional and amateur birding community."--Susan Myers, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
"Winner of the 2009 Louis Brownlow Book Award"
"Any birder planning to visit this fascinating part of the world will want to get Birds of East Asia for their trip."---Federick Brock, Wildlife Activist
"Eastern Asia, in a biological sense, represents one of the last great frontiers, even for a group as generally well known as birds. Brazil, a field ornithologist with considerable experience with Asian avifauna, has produced the first comprehensive guide to birds of the region. . . . This is an excellent field guide and reference book. Birders who travel extensively in East Asia (or who want to) will own a copy as will any library with strong ornithological holdings."--Choice
"Finally. The first single-volume guide for eastern Asia, and it's exquisitely illustrated."---Matt Mendenhall, Birder's World
"Although northeastern Asia boasts a number of regional endemics and is a source of many actual and potential vagrants to North America, the region has been sorely lacking a modern field guide. . . . Birds of East Asia finally provides a treatment that meets the standards expected for modern field guides. . . . I will certainly take it with me on any future visits to the region. That's a compliment I cannot offer any other current or past field guide to the region."---Nick Lethaby, Birder
"This interesting guide, which covers major islands including Japan and Taiwan, as well as the Asian continent from Kamchatka to the Korean peninsula, is amply illustrated with a plethora of color plates and maps that will provide any traveler with the information necessary to identify any bird of this vast region."--Indiana Audubon Quarterly
With 234 superb color plates, and more than 950 color maps, "Birds of East Asia" makes it easy to identify all of the region's species. The first single-volume field guide for eastern Asia, the book covers major islands including Japan and Taiwan, as well as the Asian continent from Kamchatka to the Korean Peninsula. The region's major bird families are presented and distinct species are noted, from the well-known Steller's Sea Eagle - the world's largest eagle - to those less familiar to Western ornithologists, such as the Scaly-sided Merganser, Oriental Stork, and Mugimaki Flycatcher. The maps provide useful information about the seasonal migratory patterns of all bird varieties. "Birds of East Asia" is a must-have resource for birdwatchers, ecotourists, and wildlife enthusiasts everywhere. This is a handy single-volume guide to all the bird species of East Asia, including China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia 234 beautiful color plates. It features more than 950 color maps covering seasonal habitats and migration routes.See all Product description
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If I ever go to Japan, Taiwan or Korea, the book will probably prove to be fine. Diagrams are clear; narratives, while short, appear to cover most important information; maps are smallish but probably adequate, less so for those relatively unfamiliar with the area.
In summary this guide was a disappointment.
The Princeton guide to the birds of Australia was one of two guides I used when I traveled to Australia several years ago, and it was by far my favorite. I would confidently buy a Princeton field guide to any region in the world.
Used it on several short birding trips and sometimes it was as good or better than what my Chinese birding guides had, but there were definitely birds missing. It wasn't very clear how much of China was covered. We were mostly in eastern China but perhaps not quite as limited an area as the book intended to cover. For example, we saw lots of Yellow-Throated Laughing Thrushes [Garrulax Galbanus] at the YueLiang Wan Nature Reserve in Jangxi Province and the book doesn't even list the species. Of course on other supposedly "authoritative" works, it is listed as a species of "Least Concern" but with a range only in India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. The Chinese guides told us that it is highly endangered in China with a population of only about 200. We must have seen 30 or more individuals in one Nature Reserve where a dozen or more photographers were out trying to get good shots of them.
Probably this is a good guide if you are traveling more widely in East Asia but not focusing on China.
Although the author clearly relied on the knowledge of regional experts who did not always give him the best or most current information regarding species distribution, the bottom line, I think, is that this is the best guide (at least in both English and Russian) for the Russian Far East. Just don't rely too much on the range maps.