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Birds of Pakistan (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – 25 Nov 2008

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Product details

  • 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)
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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.

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This is a condensed guide of the same authors guide to the whole subcontinent with just the birds relevant to the country. The artwork will be familiar to anyone who owns one of their other guides. Two nice maps begin the book with one for geographical features and one for the districts and towns. Then information about the book, habitat types, important bird species and some nice information on birding areas. Information on national and international groups, acknowledgements, glossary and bibliography follow. The next section is one familiar from other books by these authors and that is the family summaries. Brief descriptions of each of the families concerned in this book are given with typical characteristics and habits and page references. Each of the families is represented by one small piece of artwork depicting a typical member of the family.

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.
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Sadly Pakistan is in our newspapers for all the wrong reasons these days. Terrorist attacks in major cities and kidnappings of tourists do nothing to encourage you to put it on your wish list for future holidays. But, as is often the case, it is rarely reported that many people travel to Pakistan on trekking holidays and have a safe and wonderful time. Fantastic places such as the Kaghan and Naltar valleys offer brilliant summer birdwatching and with the incredible Karakoram Highway you can reach breathtaking locations and see some really good birds.

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?
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a light but useful firldguide
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Excellent
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THanks
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