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Covers all 290 species of true finches and sparrows in the world - the families Fringillidae, Carduelidae, Estrildidae and Passeridae - but excluding the weavers (Ploceidae). As with previous guides, there is a comprehensive text covering field identification, voice, geographical variation, habitat & range, migration, food, habits and description. Full colour plates illustrate every species, with descriptive text and colour distribution maps facing the plates. There are introductory chapters covering general characteristics of the four families. This is a short-run reprint of the original edition of 1993.
If you are interested in both these groups of birds, this is the best book on the market.
- Cage & Aviary Birds (February 2007)
"a superb addition to a superb series ... should be given high priority for a space on any ornithological bookshelf."
- Jeremy Wilson, IBIS