Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East

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Birds of the Middle East: the first comprehensive field guide to the birds of this region; covers the Arabian Peninsula (including Socotra), Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Cyprus; over 700 species, including all breeding species and regular visitors; species accounts contain all key identification features, as well as distribution and status; 112 color plates illustrating every species; and detailed distribution maps show breeding range for almost all ...
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Birds of the Middle East: the first comprehensive field guide to the birds of this region; covers the Arabian Peninsula (including Socotra), Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Cyprus; over 700 species, including all breeding species and regular visitors; species accounts contain all key identification features, as well as distribution and status; 112 color plates illustrating every species; and detailed distribution maps show breeding range for almost all species.

The Birds of the Middle East is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this region. It covers all the species, including vagrants, found in the Arabian peninsula (including Socotra), Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Irag, Iran, Turkey, and Cyprus. Over 700 species are described in concise texts giving full details of the plumage and voice of all recognizable forms. Distributed maps appear opposite the plates and are annotated with details of each species status and preferred habitat. Four artists have prepared a magnificent set of specially commissioned plates which show all the forms described in full color. The authors have extensive ornithological experience in the Middle East spanning over 30 years of research into the identification, biology, and conservation of the many wonderful species to be found there. This authoritative book will not only be an indispensable guide to the visiting birder, but a vital tool for those engaged in work to conserve and study the avifauna of the region, which is especially important for both the indigenous species and those which pass through it on their migrations between the Palaearctic and Africa.

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Editorial Reviews

Birdwatch
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
New Scientist
[The] illustrations are all of a consistently high standard. . . . Highly recommended.
— David Tomlinson
BTO News
Four artists have contributed and . . . the overall standard is very high. . . . Highly recommended for anyone interested in the birds of the region, and for most of the Middle East it is certainly the best available field guide.
— Andy Musgrove
Bird Watching
At long last, the book all travelers to the Middle East have been waiting for—an up-to-date, comprehensive and, most important of all, single volume field guide. . . . There is little doubt that this book is a real tour de force and should remain the standard work for the region for a long time to come. Strongly recommended for all visitors to the Middle East.
— Gordon Hamlett
British Birds
Here we have a clear, state of the art guide that has me wondering how it could be bettered. . . . The 112 coloured plates are truly a veritable delight of excellence.
— Bob Scott
Birding World
Visitors to the Near East . . . will want to own this new guide, and residents of the region should not be without it.
— Guy Kirwan
Wilson Bulletin
This excellent book is a must for anyone going to this region. Beginners will find it easy to use, and . . . to learn. 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
Ibis
[A] unique and up-to-date source of information regarding the birds and their distribution. . . . The colour plates . . . are beautifully and accurately illustrated. This book, although primarily a field guide, is the first publication which gives a full and comprehensive description of all bird species of the Middle East. It is highly recommended for those who are interested in birds of this region or who are planning to go birdwatching here.
— O. Bahat
From the Publisher
"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

"[The] illustrations are all of a consistently high standard. . . . Highly recommended."—David Tomlinson, New Scientist

"Four artists have contributed and . . . the overall standard is very high. . . . Highly recommended for anyone interested in the birds of the region, and for most of the Middle East it is certainly the best available field guide."—Andy Musgrove, BTO News

"At long last, the book all travelers to the Middle East have been waiting for—an up-to-date, comprehensive and, most important of all, single volume field guide. . . . There is little doubt that this book is a real tour de force and should remain the standard work for the region for a long time to come. Strongly recommended for all visitors to the Middle East."—Gordon Hamlett, Bird Watching

"Here we have a clear, state of the art guide that has me wondering how it could be bettered. . . . The 112 coloured plates are truly a veritable delight of excellence."—Bob Scott, British Birds

"Visitors to the Near East . . . will want to own this new guide, and residents of the region should not be without it."—Guy Kirwan, Birding World

"This excellent book is a must for anyone going to this region. Beginners will find it easy to use, and . . . to learn. 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

"[A] unique and up-to-date source of information regarding the birds and their distribution. . . . The colour plates . . . are beautifully and accurately illustrated. This book, although primarily a field guide, is the first publication which gives a full and comprehensive description of all bird species of the Middle East. It is highly recommended for those who are interested in birds of this region or who are planning to go birdwatching here."—O. Bahat, Ibis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691121048
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

R. F. Porter was Head of Species Protection for the RSPB until his retirement. He is the senior author of the ground-breaking "Flight Identification of European Raptors".
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Acknowledgements xv
Species, status, breeding distribution and colour plates 2
Species accounts 227
References and further reading 429
Species list 433
Index of English names 441
Index of scientific names 453
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