Birds of the Middle East: Second Edition

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Birds of the Middle East is now the most field-ready and comprehensive guide to the fantastic birds of this region. This fully revised and updated second edition covers all species-including vagrants-found in the Arabian Peninsula (including Socotra), Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Cyprus. It features 176 superb color plates depicting more than 800 species, as well as 820 color distribution maps that show the breeding range for almost every species. In this upgraded edition, maps and ...

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Overview

Birds of the Middle East is now the most field-ready and comprehensive guide to the fantastic birds of this region. This fully revised and updated second edition covers all species-including vagrants-found in the Arabian Peninsula (including Socotra), Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Cyprus. It features 176 superb color plates depicting more than 800 species, as well as 820 color distribution maps that show the breeding range for almost every species. In this upgraded edition, maps and detailed species accounts are now located opposite the plates, making this stunningly illustrated field guide easier to use than ever.

The most comprehensive field guide to the birds of the Middle East

Covers more than 800 species-including 100 not covered in the first edition

Features 176 color plates depicting all species

Includes detailed species accounts and 820 color distribution maps

Text and maps now located opposite the color plates

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Editorial Reviews

Bluebird's Laugh
The artwork is spectacularly good. . . . The authors have expanded their coverage of species by 100 over those found in the first edition. . . . For those heading to the Middle East, this book should make birding easier.
— William P. Mueller
The Eyrie
I highly recommend this field guide to any birder, beginner or advanced, visiting the Middle East. Most of the plates are true to life and the physical description thorough. More importantly, the information is packaged in a user-friendly format.
Birdfreak.com
Birds of the Middle East: Second Edition is a durable, well-sized field guide for an under-birded yet highly interesting region of the world.
Another Bird Blog
I have decided that this portable well written guide is the one I will take with me. For anyone travelling to the Middle East, whether on business or pleasure but with an interest or a passion for birds, this second edition of Birds of the Middle East sets the standard again, and I highly recommend it.
— Phil Slade
Birding is Fun blog
[T]his is truly a field guide based on size and weight; very practical for use in the field. There is no fluff nor wasted pages in this field guide. . . . This field guide is perfectly suited to help people of all skill levels identify birds in the Middle East.
Choice
This guide will become the book of choice for birders visiting the Middle East. . . .
South Dakota Bird Notes
The illustrations in Birds of the Middle East are superior. Not only are they better executed, they tend to be larger and less crowded on each page. As a consequence, the birder probably does not need a secondary bird book.
— Dan Tallman
Bluebird's Laugh - William P. Mueller
The artwork is spectacularly good. . . . The authors have expanded their coverage of species by 100 over those found in the first edition. . . . For those heading to the Middle East, this book should make birding easier.
Another Bird Blog - Phil Slade
I have decided that this portable well written guide is the one I will take with me. For anyone travelling to the Middle East, whether on business or pleasure but with an interest or a passion for birds, this second edition of Birds of the Middle East sets the standard again, and I highly recommend it.
Birdwatch - Andrew Grieve
Praise for the first edition: There has always been a problem deciding which books to take birding in the Middle East. With the arrival of this new field guide to the region it is now possible to contemplate using only one book in the field. . . . This is an indispensable and thoroughly recommended aid for birdwatchers in the Middle East and beyond.
Wilson Bulletin - Zpravy Mos
Praise for the first edition: This excellent book is a must for anyone going to this region. Beginners will find it easy to use. . . . Advanced birdwatchers will learn something that they have not yet, and what will ultimately help with correct identification. The bottom line is: this is the best field guide published so far on birds of the Middle East.
South Dakota Bird Notes - Dan Tallman
The illustrations in Birds of the Middle East are superior. Not only are they better executed, they tend to be larger and less crowded on each page. As a consequence, the birder probably does not need a secondary bird book.
Words about Birds blog othy Schreckengost

I recommend this field guide to any birder that plans on exploring the Middle East in search of the 800 plus species covered. The slick layout and very accurate drawings will allow for unmistakable identifications in the field.
From the Publisher

"The artwork is spectacularly good. . . . The authors have expanded their coverage of species by 100 over those found in the first edition. . . . For those heading to the Middle East, this book should make birding easier."--William P. Mueller, Bluebird's Laugh

"I highly recommend this field guide to any birder, beginner or advanced, visiting the Middle East. Most of the plates are true to life and the physical description thorough. More importantly, the information is packaged in a user-friendly format."--The Eyrie

"Birds of the Middle East: Second Edition is a durable, well-sized field guide for an under-birded yet highly interesting region of the world."--Birdfreak.com

"I have decided that this portable well written guide is the one I will take with me. For anyone travelling to the Middle East, whether on business or pleasure but with an interest or a passion for birds, this second edition of Birds of the Middle East sets the standard again, and I highly recommend it."--Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog

"[T]his is truly a field guide based on size and weight; very practical for use in the field. There is no fluff nor wasted pages in this field guide. . . . This field guide is perfectly suited to help people of all skill levels identify birds in the Middle East."--Birding is Fun blog

"This guide will become the book of choice for birders visiting the Middle East. . . ."--Choice

Praise for the first edition: "There has always been a problem deciding which books to take birding in the Middle East. With the arrival of this new field guide to the region it is now possible to contemplate using only one book in the field. . . . This is an indispensable and thoroughly recommended aid for birdwatchers in the Middle East and beyond."--Andrew Grieve, Birdwatch

Praise for the first edition: "This excellent book is a must for anyone going to this region. Beginners will find it easy to use. . . . Advanced birdwatchers will learn something that they have not yet, and what will ultimately help with correct identification. The bottom line is: this is the best field guide published so far on birds of the Middle East."--Zpravy Mos, Wilson Bulletin

"The illustrations in Birds of the Middle East are superior. Not only are they better executed, they tend to be larger and less crowded on each page. As a consequence, the birder probably does not need a secondary bird book."--Dan Tallman, South Dakota Bird Notes

"I recommend this field guide to any birder that plans on exploring the Middle East in search of the 800 plus species covered. The slick layout and very accurate drawings will allow for unmistakable identifications in the field."--Timothy Schreckengost, Words about Birds blog

Birdwatch
Praise for the first edition: There has always been a problem deciding which books to take birding in the Middle East. With the arrival of this new field guide to the region it is now possible to contemplate using only one book in the field. . . . This is an indispensable and thoroughly recommended aid for birdwatchers in the Middle East and beyond.
— Andrew Grieve
Wilson Bulletin
Praise for the first edition: This excellent book is a must for anyone going to this region. Beginners will find it easy to use. . . . Advanced birdwatchers will learn something that they have not yet, and what will ultimately help with correct identification. The bottom line is: this is the best field guide published so far on birds of the Middle East.
— Zpravy Mos
Choice

This guide will become the book of choice for birders visiting the Middle East. . . .
Birdwatch

Praise for the first edition: "There has always been a problem deciding which books to take birding in the Middle East. With the arrival of this new field guide to the region it is now possible to contemplate using only one book in the field. . . . This is an indispensable and thoroughly recommended aid for birdwatchers in the Middle East and beyond.
— Andrew Grieve
The Eyrie

I highly recommend this field guide to any birder, beginner or advanced, visiting the Middle East. Most of the plates are true to life and the physical description thorough. More importantly, the information is packaged in a user-friendly format.
South Dakota Bird Notes

The illustrations in Birds of the Middle East are superior. Not only are they better executed, they tend to be larger and less crowded on each page. As a consequence, the birder probably does not need a secondary bird book.
— Dan Tallman
Wilson Bulletin

Praise for the first edition: "This excellent book is a must for anyone going to this region. Beginners will find it easy to use. . . . Advanced birdwatchers will learn something that they have not yet, and what will ultimately help with correct identification. The bottom line is: this is the best field guide published so far on birds of the Middle East.
— Zpravy Mos
Birdfreak.com

Birds of the Middle East: Second Edition is a durable, well-sized field guide for an under-birded yet highly interesting region of the world.
Bluebird's Laugh

The artwork is spectacularly good. . . . The authors have expanded their coverage of species by 100 over those found in the first edition. . . . For those heading to the Middle East, this book should make birding easier.
— William P. Mueller
Another Bird Blog

I have decided that this portable well written guide is the one I will take with me. For anyone travelling to the Middle East, whether on business or pleasure but with an interest or a passion for birds, this second edition of Birds of the Middle East sets the standard again, and I highly recommend it.
— Phil Slade
Birding is Fun blog

[T]his is truly a field guide based on size and weight; very practical for use in the field. There is no fluff nor wasted pages in this field guide. . . . This field guide is perfectly suited to help people of all skill levels identify birds in the Middle East.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691148441
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2010
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 514,325
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Porter has had a long association with the Middle East and is an adviser on bird conservation for BirdLife International. His books include "Birds of the Middle East and North Africa". Simon Aspinall is a lifelong birder who lives in the United Arab Emirates. His books include "Shell Birdwatching Guide to the United Arab Emirates".

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 8

Introduction 9

The region and species covered 9

Escapes and introduced birds 10

Sequence, taxonomy and nomenclature 10

Illustrations and Identification text 11

Bird topography 11

Voice 12

Habitat 12

Maps and status 12

Code of conduct 13

Species Accounts 33

Partridges, francolins and quails Phasianidae 1-3 14

Buttonquails Turnicidae 3 18

Guineafowl Numididae 3 18

Ducks and geese Anatidae 4-11 20

Divers Gaviidae 12 36

Grebes Podicipedidae 13 38

Albatrosses Diomedeidae 14 40

Petrels and shearwaters Procellariidae 14-17 40

Storm-petrels Hydrobatidae 18 48

Tropicbirds Phaethontidae 19 50

Frigatebirds Fregatidae 19 50

Gannets and boobies Sulidae 20 52

Flamingos Phoenicopteridae 21 54

Storks Ciconiidae 21-22 54

Ibises and spoonbills Threskiornithidae 23 58

Hamerkop Scopidae 24 60

Bitterns, herons and egrets Ardeidae 24-27 60

Pelicans Pelecanidae 28 68

Cormorants Phalacrocoracidae 29 70

Darters Anhingidae 29 70

Hawks, buzzards and eagles Accipitridae 30-42 72

Falcons Falconidae 43-45 98

Bustards Otididae 46 104

Cranes Gruidae 46 104

Rails, crakes and gallinules Rallidae 47-49 106

Thick-knees Burhinidae 50 112

Coursers Glareolidae 50 112

Oystercatchers Haematopodidae 51 114

Crab-plover Dromadidae 51 114

Stilts and avocets Recurvirostridae 51 114

Painted-snipe Rostratulidae 51 114

Jacanas Jacanidae 51 114

Lapwings and plovers Charadriidae 52-55 116

Sandpipers and allies Scolopacidae 56-64 124

Pratincoles Glareolidae 65 142

Gulls Laridae 66-72 144

Terns Sternidae 73-77 158

Skimmers Rynchopidae 77 166

Skuas Stercorariidae 78-79 168

Sandgrouse Pteroclidae 80-81 172

Pigeons and doves Columbidae 82-85 176

Parakeets Psittacidae 85 182

Cuckoos and coucals Cuculidae 86-87 184

Typical Owls Strigidae 88-91 188

Barn owls Tytonidae 91 194

Nightjars Caprimulgidae 92-93 196

Swifts Apodidae 94-95 200

Rollers Coraciidae 96 204

Hoopoes Upupidae 96 204

Kingfishers Alcedinidae 97 206

Bee-eaters Meropidae 98 208

Hornbills Bucerotidae 99 210

Woodpeckers and wrynecks Picidae 99-101 210

Tchagras Malaconotidae 102 216

Orioles Oriolidae 102 216

Drongos Dicruridae 102 216

Shrikes Laniidae 102-104 216

Paradise flycatchers Monarchidae 105 222

Babblers Timaliidae 105 222

Crows and lays Corvidae 106-109 224

Waxwings and Hypocolius Bombycillidae 110 232

Bulbuls Pycnonotidae 110 232

Treecreepers Certhiidae 111 234

Tits Paridae 111-112 234

Long-tailed tits Aegithalidae 112 236

Penduline-tits Remizidae 113 238

Bearded Reedling Panuridae 113 238

Wallcreeper Tichodromadidae 113 238

Larks Alaudidae 114-118 240

Swallows and martins Hirundinidae 119-121 250

Cisticolas and allies Cisticolidae 122 256

Bush warblers Cettidae 123 258

Grasshopper warblers Megaluridae 123 258

Reed warblers Acrocephalidae 124-128 260

Leaf warblers Phylloscopidae 128-131 268

Sylvia warblers Sylviidae 132-136 276

White-eyes Zosteropidae 136 284

Goldcrests Regulidae 136 284

Nuthatches Sittidae 137 286

Oxpeckers Buphagidae 138 288

Starlings Sturnidae 138-139 288

Thrushes Turdidae 140-142 292

Wrens Troglodytidae 142 296

Dippers Cinclidae 142 296

Robins, chats and flycatchers Muscicapidae 143-154 298

Sunbirds Nectariniidae 155 322

Sparrows and petronias Passeridae 156-159 324

Weavers Ploceidae 159-160 330

Waxbills Estrildidae 159-160 330

Accentors Prunellidae 161 334

Wagtails and pipits Motacillidae 162-165 336

Finches Fringillidae 166-171 344

Buntings Emberizidae 172-176 356

References and further reading 366

Checklist of the birds of the Middle East 368

Index 376

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