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By: Krys Kazmierczak(Author), Ber van Perlo(Illustrator)
352 pages, 96 colour plates, b/w illustrations, distribution maps
A Field Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent covers all 1300 species of birds found on the Indian subcontinent in a format which is both authoritative and which can be carried easily on a field trip. Ber van Perlo and Krys Kazmierczak have followed the successful formula laid down in van Perlo's Collins Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Eastern Africa and have produced a book that will make the field identification of Indian birds much simpler.
Reprint of the Field Guide published in 2000.
by P in United Kingdom
I received the book, as I was torn between Ber Van Perlo's version and the version by Tim and Carol Inkskipp. I had not seen inside either of these books and so judged which one to purchase by the illustrations on the cover, I bought the one by Ber Van Perlo. Well, as the saying goes "don't judge a book by its cover" and that is the mistake I made. The illustrations are patchy and poor and too many to a page, many birds overlap, therefore obscuring their full plumage. I therefore sent it back and got the version by Tim and Carol Inkskipp, which is much better and I highly recommend. I hope this review helps anyone deciding which one of the two books to get!
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Krys Kazmierczak is a British ornithologist with an extensive knowledge of birds and birding in the Indian Subcontinent having lead many bird tours in the region. As well as running his own natural history tour company, Krys has worked as a freelance writer and now edits the image database of the Oriental Bird Club, Oriental Bird Images. He runs the internet discussion groups OrientalBirding and OrientalBirdingPix.
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