Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives (Second Edition)

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The best field guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent is now even better. Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference. Newly identified species have been added, the text has been extensively revised, and all the maps are new. Comprehensive and definitive, this is the indispensable guide for anyone birding in this part of...

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Overview

The best field guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent is now even better. Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference. Newly identified species have been added, the text has been extensively revised, and all the maps are new. Comprehensive and definitive, this is the indispensable guide for anyone birding in this part of the world.

  • The leading field guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent--now thoroughly revised and improved
  • 1,375 species illustrated and described, including all residents, migrants, and vagrants
  • 226 color plates--including 73 new ones--depict every species and many distinct plumages and races
  • Concise text and accurate distribution maps opposite plates for easy reference
  • Includes newly identified species
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Editorial Reviews

Wildlife Activist
This book is the field guide for the birds of the Indian Subcontinent. Most highly recommended.
Bird Watcher's Digest Staff
Exactly what was needed. The authors have done a wonderful job of balancing the needs of information and space.
Condor
Achieve[s] the high standards one expects from Princeton University Press field guides. Excellent for casual bird enthusiasts and serious birders making short visits to the regions covered.
Backyard Birder
The amazing variety of colorful species represented in this field guide are a feast for the mind and the eye, even if one is not planning on boarding the next plane for a birding trip to the subcontinent.
— Dorothy Borders
Drinking Bird
A guide to India has a lot of ground to cover, and with a growing cadre of local birders as part of an increasing middle class in the country, it's as apt to be used as extensively by Indians as by visitors to India, which makes it doubly important that it's right. . . . Both local and visiting birders have a lot to look forward to in this guide, but you'd expect nothing less from Princeton University Press. There are only a few options for those wishing to bird India, they're certainly fortunate that the one that's available is of such uniformly high quality.
— Nate Swick
Magnificent Frigatebird
The quality of the color plates and the amount of detailed information packed into this relatively compact field guide make this a top title for anyone interested in birds of the Indian Subcontinent and a must for any birder traveling to the region. I give Birds of India 4.5 Goldfinches out of 5.
— Amy Evenstad
A DC Birding Blog
I would recommend Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives for any birders who live in or will be traveling to visit India or one of its neighbors.
— John Beetham
Nomadic Birder
Without a doubt, this user-friendly guide is a must for anyone heading to the Indian subcontinent or for those who simply want to add another remarkable field guide to their library. My next backpacking trip will hopefully be the Indian subcontinent and the Birds of India will certainly be the first item packed.
— Ethan Kistler
A Charm of Finches
What a beautiful book. Since I was a child, reading Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, I have wanted to go to India. I haven't made it yet, but if I ever get to go, this book will be in my suitcase, even if something else has to be left out.
— Penny Miller
Birder's Library
Even if you have the first edition of the Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, you will benefit enormously from this second edition. . . . Comprehensive and authoritative, this is an indispensable guide for anyone birding anywhere in the Indian Subcontinent.
— Frank Lambert
Another Bird Blog
This latest book on the birds of India becomes the one to own and the one use in the field, and although no one will find themselves alone in India, I can heartily recommend Birds Of India as a worthy companion for any birder planning to visit there, or indeed any part of the Indian subcontinent. It will also follow someone around by fitting into a rucksack or a large pocket.
Fatbirder
The best field guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent is now even better. . . . I thoroughly recommend this and can't wait to get back to the sub-continent for it to help me fill some gaps in my lists!
Backyard Birder - Dorothy Borders
The amazing variety of colorful species represented in this field guide are a feast for the mind and the eye, even if one is not planning on boarding the next plane for a birding trip to the subcontinent.
Drinking Bird - Nate Swick
A guide to India has a lot of ground to cover, and with a growing cadre of local birders as part of an increasing middle class in the country, it's as apt to be used as extensively by Indians as by visitors to India, which makes it doubly important that it's right. . . . Both local and visiting birders have a lot to look forward to in this guide, but you'd expect nothing less from Princeton University Press. There are only a few options for those wishing to bird India, they're certainly fortunate that the one that's available is of such uniformly high quality.
Magnificent Frigatebird - Amy Evenstad
The quality of the color plates and the amount of detailed information packed into this relatively compact field guide make this a top title for anyone interested in birds of the Indian Subcontinent and a must for any birder traveling to the region. I give Birds of India 4.5 Goldfinches out of 5.
A DC Birding Blog - John Beetham
I would recommend Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives for any birders who live in or will be traveling to visit India or one of its neighbors.
Nomadic Birder - Ethan Kistler
Without a doubt, this user-friendly guide is a must for anyone heading to the Indian subcontinent or for those who simply want to add another remarkable field guide to their library. My next backpacking trip will hopefully be the Indian subcontinent and the Birds of India will certainly be the first item packed.
A Charm of Finches - Penny Miller
What a beautiful book. Since I was a child, reading Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, I have wanted to go to India. I haven't made it yet, but if I ever get to go, this book will be in my suitcase, even if something else has to be left out.
Birder's Library - Frank Lambert
Even if you have the first edition of the Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, you will benefit enormously from this second edition. . . . Comprehensive and authoritative, this is an indispensable guide for anyone birding anywhere in the Indian Subcontinent.
Birdfreak - Eddie Callaway
Fantastic and thorough.
From the Publisher

"This book is the field guide for the birds of the Indian Subcontinent…. Most highly recommended."--Wildlife Activist

"Exactly what was needed. The authors have done a wonderful job of balancing the needs of information and space."--Bird Watcher's Digest

"Achieve[s] the high standards one expects from Princeton University Press field guides. Excellent for casual bird enthusiasts and serious birders making short visits to the regions covered."--Condor

"The amazing variety of colorful species represented in this field guide are a feast for the mind and the eye, even if one is not planning on boarding the next plane for a birding trip to the subcontinent."--Dorothy Borders, Backyard Birder blog

"A guide to India has a lot of ground to cover, and with a growing cadre of local birders as part of an increasing middle class in the country, it's as apt to be used as extensively by Indians as by visitors to India, which makes it doubly important that it's right. . . . Both local and visiting birders have a lot to look forward to in this guide, but you'd expect nothing less from Princeton University Press. There are only a few options for those wishing to bird India, they're certainly fortunate that the one that's available is of such uniformly high quality."--Nate Swick, Drinking Bird blog

"The quality of the color plates and the amount of detailed information packed into this relatively compact field guide make this a top title for anyone interested in birds of the Indian Subcontinent and a must for any birder traveling to the region. I give Birds of India 4.5 Goldfinches out of 5."--Amy Evenstad, Magnificent Frigatebird blog

"I would recommend Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives for any birders who live in or will be traveling to visit India or one of its neighbors."--John Beetham, A DC Birding Blog

"Without a doubt, this user-friendly guide is a must for anyone heading to the Indian subcontinent or for those who simply want to add another remarkable field guide to their library. My next backpacking trip will hopefully be the Indian subcontinent and the Birds of India will certainly be the first item packed."--Ethan Kistler, Nomadic Birder blog

"What a beautiful book. Since I was a child, reading Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, I have wanted to go to India. I haven't made it yet, but if I ever get to go, this book will be in my suitcase, even if something else has to be left out."--Penny Miller, A Charm of Finches blog

"Even if you have the first edition of the Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, you will benefit enormously from this second edition. . . . Comprehensive and authoritative, this is an indispensable guide for anyone birding anywhere in the Indian Subcontinent."--Frank Lambert, Birder's Library blog
"This latest book on the birds of India becomes the one to own and the one use in the field, and although no one will find themselves alone in India, I can heartily recommend Birds Of India as a worthy companion for any birder planning to visit there, or indeed any part of the Indian subcontinent. It will also follow someone around by fitting into a rucksack or a large pocket."--Another Bird Blog

"The best field guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent is now even better. . . . I thoroughly recommend this and can't wait to get back to the sub-continent for it to help me fill some gaps in my lists!"--Fatbirder

"Fantastic and thorough."--Eddie Callaway, Birdfreak

Condor

Achieve[s] the high standards one expects from Princeton University Press field guides. Excellent for casual bird enthusiasts and serious birders making short visits to the regions covered.
Wildlife Activist

This book is the field guide for the birds of the Indian Subcontinent?. Most highly recommended.
Fatbirder

The best field guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent is now even better. . . . I thoroughly recommend this and can't wait to get back to the sub-continent for it to help me fill some gaps in my lists!
Bird Watcher's Digest Staff

Exactly what was needed?. The authors have done a wonderful job of balancing the needs of information and space.
Birder's Library

Even if you have the first edition of the Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, you will benefit enormously from this second edition. . . . Comprehensive and authoritative, this is an indispensable guide for anyone birding anywhere in the Indian Subcontinent.
— Frank Lambert
A Charm of Finches

What a beautiful book. Since I was a child, reading Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, I have wanted to go to India. I haven't made it yet, but if I ever get to go, this book will be in my suitcase, even if something else has to be left out.
— Penny Miller
Another Bird Blog

This latest book on the birds of India becomes the one to own and the one use in the field, and although no one will find themselves alone in India, I can heartily recommend Birds Of India as a worthy companion for any birder planning to visit there, or indeed any part of the Indian subcontinent. It will also follow someone around by fitting into a rucksack or a large pocket.
A DC Birding Blog

I would recommend Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives for any birders who live in or will be traveling to visit India or one of its neighbors.
— John Beetham
Backyard Birder

The amazing variety of colorful species represented in this field guide are a feast for the mind and the eye, even if one is not planning on boarding the next plane for a birding trip to the subcontinent.
— Dorothy Borders
Drinking Bird

A guide to India has a lot of ground to cover, and with a growing cadre of local birders as part of an increasing middle class in the country, it's as apt to be used as extensively by Indians as by visitors to India, which makes it doubly important that it's right. . . . Both local and visiting birders have a lot to look forward to in this guide, but you'd expect nothing less from Princeton University Press. There are only a few options for those wishing to bird India, they're certainly fortunate that the one that's available is of such uniformly high quality.
— Nate Swick
Magnificent Frigatebird

The quality of the color plates and the amount of detailed information packed into this relatively compact field guide make this a top title for anyone interested in birds of the Indian Subcontinent and a must for any birder traveling to the region. I give Birds of India 4.5 Goldfinches out of 5.
— Amy Evenstad
Nomadic Birder

Without a doubt, this user-friendly guide is a must for anyone heading to the Indian subcontinent or for those who simply want to add another remarkable field guide to their library. My next backpacking trip will hopefully be the Indian subcontinent and the Birds of India will certainly be the first item packed.
— Ethan Kistler
Erik A.T. Blom
Covering 1,251 species, it incorporates the mass of information that has emerged since the 1970's, and in virtually every regard it is a triumph.
—(Bird Watcher's Digest)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691153490
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/5/2012
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 289,072
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Grimmett is head of conservation at BirdLife International. Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp are freelance wildlife consultants. The authors have traveled widely in Asia and together written a series of books on the continent's birds.
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