- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd; 01 edition (25 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713688009
- ISBN-13: 978-0713688009
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Birds of Pakistan (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – 25 Nov 2008
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' Nicely printed...handy for the field. Such an excellent guide will surely give an impetus to birdwatching and bird conservation in Pakistan ' -- Ibis (2009)
About the Author
Richard Grimmett and Tim Inskipp have published several titles in this area. Tom Roberts is the author of a 2-volume avifauna published by OUP.
Top Customer Reviews
The main body of the book begins on page 48 with the first of 93 plates. Each plate has good illustrations with a little crowding on a few plates and a few species represented with small illustrations but on a whole most are easy to see and detailed for identification. The text faces each plate with a good color range map. Four colors for summer breeder, year round, winter resident and passage migrant are shown. Most maps cover the whole country for those species spread across the range but if a species range is smaller, a regional map is used showing only the area of Pakistan where the species range is, a very good idea and one I wish more guides would do. The descriptions cover several plumages and subspecies where relevant and notes on habits, habitat, voice and range are all included though not separated by bold titles so it all flows together, a common theme with the authors.Read more ›
Once again Helm have taken the decision to take the plates and text from the hefty Birds of the Indian Subcontinent and create a pocket-sized book that concentrates solely on one country. They have done this before with great success for Nepal and Bhutan and it really makes a lot of sense.
An introductory chapter describes the habitats that are found through the country from the Indus Basin to the tops of the Western Himalayas. The book covers over 670 species in 93 colour plates, and for the 600 regular visitors and residents there are also small colour distribution maps. The layout is similar to other field guides with about 100 words of text per species with the map, facing a page of illustrations.
Working with WWF Pakistan and Tom Roberts (author of The Birds of Pakistan) the original authors have brought together in one place the essential information that you need. A selection of 28 species which offer identification challenges (particularly the warblers) are also assessed in more detail with useful comparison tables describing the main features to look for.
So what is there to see in Pakistan?Read more ›