A Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives

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Birdwatchers have long waited for a comprehensive and up-to-date identification guide for the Indian subcontinent. This exhaustively researched and beautifully produced book will finally meet that need. Written by three leading experts on the region--Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, and Tim Inskipp--the book provides complete information about the 1,300 species of birds found in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. The guide is firmly rooted in the authors' extensive field ...

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Overview

Birdwatchers have long waited for a comprehensive and up-to-date identification guide for the Indian subcontinent. This exhaustively researched and beautifully produced book will finally meet that need. Written by three leading experts on the region--Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, and Tim Inskipp--the book provides complete information about the 1,300 species of birds found in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. The guide is firmly rooted in the authors' extensive field experience, reflected in the accuracy and fullness of their bird descriptions.

The guide features more than 150 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India that depict all the species in the region, ranging from the Himalayan Snowcock in the north to the Sri Lanka Spurfowl in the south. The plates include all relevant identifiable subspecies, as well as ages and sexes. The text consists of a detailed identification section, discussing the differences between similar species and containing descriptions of vocalizations, habits, habitat, breeding, distribution, and status. There are distributional maps for nearly all species. And the authors' introduction provides useful background information about such subjects as conservation, the history of ornithology on the subcontinent, and the climate. A detailed bibliography provides an introduction to the prolific literature on the subcontinent.

This is a landmark publication that will be enthusiastically welcomed by all birdwatchers with an interest in the extraordinary variety of birds in this vast and diverse region.

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C. Leck
The Indian subcontinent is one of the world's richest areas for bird life, with more than 1,300 species, more than 10% of which are endemic. It has been almost a quarter of a century since this vast avifauna was last reviewed in an ornithological guide; this new handbook will be a landmark publication well into the next century.
Choice Magazine
Booknews
A comprehensive and up-to-date identification guide to birds of the Indian subcontinent. The first 300 pages is comprised of facing pages of color illustrations and short articles of the several birds shown, with page references to the fuller articles further in the volume. Those in turn include distribution maps; information on identification, voice, habits, habitat, breeding, and distribution and status; and references to the color plates. English and Latin names are indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691006871
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/1998
  • Pages: 888
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 2.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
History of Ornithology in the Indian Subcontinent 10
How to use this Book 11
Climate 16
Main Habitats and Bird Species 17
Importance for Birds 21
Migration 23
Conservation 24
National Organisations 28
International Organisations 30
References 32
Acknowledgements 33
Glossary 35
The Plates 37
The Species Accounts 345
Megapodes 345
Partridges, Francolins, Snowcocks, Quails and Pheasants 345
Whistling-Ducks and Swans, Geese and Ducks 363
Buttonquails 378
Honeyguides 379
Wrynecks, Piculets and Woodpeckers 380
Asian Barbets 392
Hornbills 395
Hoopoes 399
Trogons 400
Rollers 401
Small Kingfishers Large Kingfishers and Pied Kingfisher 402
Bee-Eaters 406
Old World Cuckoos 409
Coucals 417
Parrots 418
Swifts and Treeswifts 423
Barn Owls and Typical Owls 429
Asian Frogmouths 440
Eared Nightjars and Nightjars 440
Pigeons and Doves 446
Bustards 456
Cranes 459
Finfoots 461
Rails, Gallinules and Coots 462
Sandgrouse 468
Woodcocks and Snipes 471
Godwits, Sandpipers, Curlews, Phalaropes etc 475
Painted-Snipes 487
Jacanas 487
Thick-Knees 488
Oystercatchers, Avocets and Stilts 489
Plovers and Lapwings 491
Crab-Plover 498
Pratincoles and Coursers 498
Skuas, Jaegers, Skimmers, Gulls and Terns 501
Osprey, Hawks, Eagles, Harriers and Vultures etc. 519
Falcons 545
Grebes 551
Tropicbirds 553
Boobies 554
Anhingas 556
Cormorants 556
Herons and Bitterns 558
Flamingos 567
Ibises and Spoonbills 568
Pelicans 570
Storks 571
Frigatebirds 575
Loons (Divers) 576
Petrels, Shearwaters and Storm-Petrels 577
Pittas 582
Broadbills 584
Fairy Bluebirds and Leafbirds 584
Shrikes 586
Corvids and Related Species 590
Woodswallows 599
Orioles, Cuckooshrikes, Trillers, Minivets, Flycatcher-Shrikes 600
Fantails, Drongos and Monarchs 608
Ioras 615
Woodshrikes 616
Waxwings 617
Dippers 617
Thrushes, Shortwings, Old World Flycatchers and Chats 618
Starlings and Mynas 668
Nuthatches and Wallcreeper 675
Creepers and Wrens 678
Penduline Tits and Tits and Long-Tailed Tits 681
Swallows and Martins 688
Kinglets 694
Bulbuls 694
Grey Hypocolius 701
African Warblers (Cisticolas, Prinias and Streaked Scrub Warbler) 701
White-Eyes 708
Warblers, Grassbirds, Laughing Thrushes and Babblers 709
Larks 786
Flowerpeckers, Sunbirds and Spiderhunters 798
Sparrows and Snowfinches 807
Wagtails and Pipits 812
Accentors 821
Weavers 824
Estrildine Finches 826
Finches 830
Buntings 851
References 859
Index of English Names 871
Index of Scientific Names 882
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