Language: Bilingual in English and Chinese
This generously illustrated handbook covers 62 East Asian passerine species, including many that appear as sought-after vagrants in both Europe and North America. It provides a comprehensive and detailed summary of current knowledge, based on data and photographs of birds in the hand, collected during three years of study in China, primarily at Beidaihe, Hebei province.
The texts are presented in a pedagogical manner and, together with an ample collection of over 1,400 photographs, guide the reader through the process of determining the age and sex of the bird in both autumn and spring. This guide is an essential introduction to the subject for bird ringers in China, and it will also prove indispensable for any birdwatcher with an interest in the ageing and sexing of East Asian passerines.
Summary in Chinese:
这本装帧精美的图鉴涵盖了62种东亚雀形目鸟类，其中包括许多在欧洲和北美备 受追捧的迷鸟。基于3年间在北戴河等地采集的环志个体的数据和图片资料，本 书系统地阐述了这些物种的换羽模式以及年龄和性别的判断方法。
书中文字采用教学方式编排，辅以1400余张图片，以便引导读者循序渐进地对 春秋两季的鸟类进行年龄和性别判断。本书可作为中国鸟类环志员的培训教材， 对关注东亚雀形目鸟类年龄和性别判断的观鸟爱好者也有重要参考价值。
"A landmark in East Asian ornithology, an extremely detailed and useful guide to ageing and sexing of several passerines of this region. Clear layout, pedagogic text profusely illustrated with numerous photographs makes it easy to recommend this book to all interested in bird ringing or identification of rare birds."
– Lars Svensson