Series: Collins Field Guides
240 pages, Distribution maps, col plates, illus
Also published in the USA by Princeton University Press.
This is the essential companion for the keen birdwatcher. This book covers all the perching birds of the Palearctic, a zoographical area running from the British Isles eastwards to Japan, with its southern border marked by the Sahara and middle Eastern deserts, and the Himalayas. It covers the whole of the Russian Arctic, China, Japan and the whole of Europe - the most popular birdwatching area in the world.
Every passerine species found in this wide area is illustrated in every plumage in which they can be seen in the wild. Author and illustrator Norman Arlott is one of the world's leading bird artists and has seen nearly all of the 1,800 species featured.
The accompanying text concentrates on the characteristics and appearance of each species that allow identification in the field (including voice). Every species will also have a distribution map - in many cases the first time this will have been compiled for the area.
This book is published under the title "Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan: Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings" in North America by Princeton University Press (2007).
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Wildlife artist Norman Arlott has illustrated nearly 100 books and his artwork regularly appears in magazines. He has designed special bird stamp issues for countries including Jamaica, Bahamas, Seychelles, British Virgin Islands, The Gambia, Malawi and Christmas Island. He has also led ornithology tours to East Africa.