- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (2 April 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007113323
- ISBN-13: 978-0007113323
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (583 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe Paperback – 2 Apr 2001
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"This book will become the standard guide for many years to come."
"As essential as binoculars for those who take birdwatching seriously."
"…go on, buy it and enjoy it – it really is a very good book!"
-RSPB Birds Magazine
"The richest and the most comprehensive of the current guides"
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Reviews of the prize winning field guide
Winner of the British Birds/British Trust for Ornithology Bird Book of the Year and Birdwatch Book of the Year
our standard guide for many years to come - BBC Wildlife
As essential as binoculars - New Scientist
it really is a very good book - RSPB Birds
The richest and most comprehensive of the current guides - The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Pictures and text are both rather small and cramped as a consequence of the unduly large number of species covered; not just actual British and European birds, but also species from North Africa, the Middle East, Siberia, and North America, many occurring only at the region's periphery or as vagrants with only a handful of records. If this level of completeness is desired, then a considerably larger volume is needed to contain it.
Alternatively, if a guide to common species is wanted, then larger illustrations and distribution maps, and text that goes beyond a mere terse listing of features for identification purposes, would be preferable. Additionally, illustrations that allowed better direct comparison of multiple similar species would be welcomed, rather than the book's format of 3-4 species together; descriptions on one page and illustrations on the facing one.
Finally, the author is not British (and so we must make allowances), but annoyingly, a number of (common) species in the book are called by American names rather than their proper English ones.
On the cover it says 'The most complete field guide to the birds of Britain and Europe' and (at least at the present time) this is certainly true. The book is a little large to fit in most pockets - but all birdwatchers should be encouraged to carry a field notebook anyway (leave this book in the car, or at home or your hotel!) - if you do want to carry a guide with you it will fit in some large coat pockets, or easily into a backpack.
The illustrations, which are on the page facing the text and maps for each species, are excellent and show the birds in a variety of different positions (often including in flight), and illustrate all of the different plumages that are likely to be encountered. Important features are highlighted on the ilustrations by means of text captions and pointers.
The text is concise and contains all the most important information on identification and size, including verbal descriptions of songs and calls (often calls confirm an otherwise uncertain bird identification). Anyone who is not used to bird guides, and the birds themselves, will probably find that the phonetics mean very little - however if you have already heard the species being described they form an accurate reminder.
Anyone who uses a PDA may wish to consider the e-guide version, which has all the ilustrations and information from the book + recordings of the birds songs and calls - personally I find a book and CD (or MP3 files) easier!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent product. Fast delivery . Very informative well pleased.Published 3 days ago by Joan C Candlin
Great guide as it shows birds in flight so it's easier for a novice to distinguish individual birds, whereas most bird books only show birds perchingPublished 20 days ago by KathyJ
Comprehensive, and I hope will suit my grandson who is taking an interest in birds.Published 24 days ago by Humf
great information and meticulous drawings make this book a valuable addition to any birdwatchers libraryPublished 1 month ago by Richard Clough