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A Field Guide to the Birds of China

Field / Identification Guide

By: John MacKinnon, Karen Phillipps and David Showler

586 pages, 128 col plates, col maps

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Jun 2000 | #101745 | ISBN: 0198549407
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NHBS Price: £41.99 $51/€47 approx
Hardback | Dec 2000 | #105581 | ISBN: 0198549415
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Comprehensive, taxonomically modern, and fully illustrated field guide to the Chinese birds. Over 1300 species are illustrated in 128 original paintings, and fully described in the text. Colour distribution maps are provided for all illustrated species. John MacKinnon lived in China and Hong Kong for eight years, and has extensive experience of watching and writing about Chinese birds. This important book is a landmark in field guide publishing. Contents include: Introduction to the Region; History of Ornithology in China; Avian Biogeography of Region; Conservation; Field Techniques for Birdwatching; Anatomy and Plumage of a Bird; Glossary of Terms Used; Family and Species Descriptions; Limited Distribution Birds of Endemic Bird Areas; Lists of Threatened and Endangered Species of China; List of Birds of North Arunchal Pradesh (not described in book); List of Birds Expected on Spratly Islands (not described in book); List of clubs and journals for the area; Chinese names; Bibliography; Index and Synonyms.

This field guide has been long awaited by the growing number of birders visiting China. By including in one volume all the species--complete with distribution maps--recorded in this vast country, it represents a huge step forward. It is the first complete, taxonomically up-to-date and fully illustrated guide to the birds of China published in English ... The initial chapters include an introduction to the region, with a revealing section on birds in the local economy and culture. ... Next come the 128 all-important colour plates, which have distribution maps opposite--an arrangement which I like. ... The species accounts cover nomenclature, descriptions, voice, range (global), distribution and status (within region) and habits, and occupy 500 pages. Finally, there are appendices which include lists of endangered and protected species, and endemic and limited-distribution species. ... This book is a major achievement and an invaluable conservation tool.
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Part One - Introductory Section
- Author's Introduction
- Acknowledgements
- Introduction to Region
- History of Ornithology in China
- Avian Biogeography of Region
- Conservation
- Field Techniques for Birdwatching
- Anatomy and Plumage of a Bird
- Glossary of terms used

Part Two - Species Descriptions

Part Three - Appendices
1. Limited Distribution Birds of Endemic Bird Areas
2. Lists of Threatened and Endangered Species of China
3. List of Birds of North Arunachel Pradesh not Described in Book
4. List of Birds expected on Spratly Islands not Described in Book
5. List of Clubs and Journals for the area
6. Chinese Names

Index and synonyms

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