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Field Guides & Natural History  Ornithology  Birds of Europe/Western Palaearctic

Collins Bird Guide The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe

Field / Identification Guide
By: Lars Svensson(Author), Killian Mullarney(Illustrator), Dan Zetterström(Illustrator), Peter J Grant(Contributor), David A Christie(Translated by)
392 pages, 4000+ colour illustrations, 700 colour distribution maps
Publisher: HarperCollins
The single most popular bird guide, with some of the finest illustrations available
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  • Collins Bird Guide ISBN: 9780007268146 Edition: 2 Paperback Mar 2010 In stock
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(May 2015): Please note that in 2015 the publisher updated the second editionThe illustrator Dan Zetterström has clarified the changes and wrote "This new print is not a revised edition. It is just a new print. Bonnier Fakta, the Swedish publisher, was kind enough to allow us including the new work (e.g. splitted subalpine warblers) recently published in the app. To make this possible without adding any new page we had to re-arrange the sylvia-pages and reduce the warbler intro. The list of changes/improvements supplied by Collins consists of every little ’comma’ that’s been changed. That list is merely meant as a guideline for foreign translators, nothing else."

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Written by one of Europe's leading ornithologists and illustrated by two of the world's finest bird illustrators – Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström (with a translation by David Christie). Covering Britain and Europe, the book provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice.

Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and colour illustrations (over 4000 in all) to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding). The book is fully integrated, so that all this information appears on one spread, the ideal structure for use in the field. Each group of birds has an introduction, which covers the major problems involved in identifying or seeing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which species etc.

The second edition has expanded text and additional colour illustrations.


Updates in the January 2015 revision

007, line 9: 713 species > 720 species
081 new illustration: Bittern
090 new illustration + caption: Rüppell’s vulture, additional caption. Map of Lappet-faced vulture deleted. New text, Lappet-faced vulture: ”Very rare resident in Arabia, and might still be found in S Jordania (only odd birds remain and are seen irregularly within covered range). Breeds in …”
098 new illustration: Tawny Eagle
101 new illustration, new position of caption: Booted Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle
114 amended caption: Dark Chanting Goshawk
123 new illustration: Lanner Falcon, feldeggii
170 amended text: Slender billed Curlew record status should be: —
223 amended plate, amended captions: Eagle Owls and Fish Owl
237 new illustration: White-rumped Swift
254 amended text: Alauda leucoptera
275 amended plate: Siberian Accentor, Black-throated Accentor
275 amended caption: Black-throated Accentor
276 new intro text: Nightingales, Redstarts, Wheatears,
276–293: amended running title (Nightingales, Redstarts, Wheatears).
278 amended text: Calliope calliope
281 new illustration, amended caption: Black Redstart, southeastern subspecies
286 Under Mourning Wheatear, change under ‘Variation’ to: ‘In S Syria/N Jordan a rare black form occurs, ‘BASALT WHEATEAR’, ssp. warriae, with all-black body...’.
287 amended text, caption: mourning weathear: warriae, this very local race
288 amended text: Oenanthe melanura
292 amended text: Stonechat and Eastern Stonechat
293 amended caption and text: Eastern Stonechat, hemprichii
294 amended text: intro Thrushes, running title/intro Thrushes, omit running title, Song Thrush and Redwing texts shortened.
296: amended text: Blue Rock Thrush (the first six lines)
300 amended text: Zoothera aurea
Red-throated Thrush: ‘Song very similar to Black-throated Thrush, well-spaced simple fluty phrases but mainly long series of variably chattering notes.’
302–303 new arrangement, amended illustrations, captions and text: Introduction, Barred, Garden, Blackcap and plumage variation (Yellow-browed W.)
303 Change the header for the upper section on the page to PLUMAGE VARIATION IN WARBLERS
306 The scientific name of Rüppell’s Warbler now shall be spelt ‘ruppeli’. Thus without the ‘e’ and with only one ‘l’. Also in index.
307 new plate: Sardinian, Ménétries, Cyprus, Rüppell’s W.
308–309 new plate, captions, text and maps: Whitethroat, Spectacled, E and W Subalpine, Moltoni W (new species)
310–311 amended text, map text and captions: Balearic W (also check Marmora’s)
311 new plate: Dartford, Marmora’s, Balearic, Tristram’s
312–313 new plate, amended text, map text and captions: Desert Warblers Graceful Prinia, Levant Scrub Warbler, Saharan Scrub Warbler (new species)
321 amended caption: E Reed Warbler: scirpaceaus: N and S Europe
332–333 amended text: Two-barred Greenish Warbler: omit trochiloides, eastern relative to
333 amended caption, pointers on plate
335 new illustration, amended caption: Dusky Warbler
336–337 amended text: Wren: omit zetlandicus
358 new scientific name: Nile Valley Sunbird
361 new illustration: irakskriktrast
378 amended text: Linnet (shortened) and Twite (new Variation text)
379 new plate: Linnet, Twite, Redpoll, Arctic Redpoll
379 amended captions: Linnet, Twite
390 new species text: Asian Crimson-winged Finch and African Crimson-winged Finch (new species)
404 new species text: Setophaga americana, Setophaga coronata, Setophaga striata, Setophaga petechia, Parkesia noveboracensis
414 new species text: African Collared Dove: omit risoria
416 new species name: Lavivora cyane
417 new species name: Oreothlypis peregrina
441, column 1: Scotocerca inquieta  303 & 312
441, column 1: add Setophaga petechia
442, column 2, Stonechat: amend ’Eastern’ Saxicola maurus et al. & Eastern Saxicola maurus
442, column 3: Delete Sylvia sardo balearica  312

Customer Reviews


Lars Svensson is Europe's leading field ornithologist. Killian Mullarney is one of the world's finest bird illustrators. Winner of numerous awards, this is the first guide that he has illustrated. Dan Zetterström is widely acclaimed for his bird illustrations.

Field / Identification Guide
By: Lars Svensson(Author), Killian Mullarney(Illustrator), Dan Zetterström(Illustrator), Peter J Grant(Contributor), David A Christie(Translated by)
392 pages, 4000+ colour illustrations, 700 colour distribution maps
Publisher: HarperCollins
The single most popular bird guide, with some of the finest illustrations available
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Customer review of the original second edition:

Even better than the first edition
by Richard Bufton in United Kingdom

While the new order in which the birds are presented in this superb book, will not be to everyone's liking, this 2nd edition accurately reflects new and revised taxonomy. The text and illustrations are mostly familiar to readers of the first edition, but overall, I would say this new edition is even better than the first! Simply wonderful!

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