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Edited By: M Zafar-il Islam and Asad R Rahmani
1133 pages, Tabs, photos
Important Bird Areas in India is the result of five years' exhaustive work by the BNHS and a large number of people. The data, which form the core of the book, have been collected by more than 1000 people: many hundreds of professional and amateur ornithologists, birdwatchers, conservationists, forest officials and others interested in birds. BNHS and a large number of people. It is the most detailed It is the most detailed publication ever produced on the subject of birds or conservation and it uncovers, analyses and assesses all the evidence, presenting it together with all the sources. The study has gives a detailed analysis of sites that have been identified for bird conservation in India on the basis of globally accepted criteria. Each bird area is introduced with maps, analysis, avifauna section with tables of threatened species present and brief description of threatened birds, which have important habitats in the relevant states. uncovers, analyses and assesses all the evidence, presenting The study shows that out of 465 important bird area in India, 191 wildlife sanctuaries have been identified as IBAs, 52 are national parks, 23 are tiger reserves, while 198 are not officially protected. The book has 525 maps and 600 tables.
Important Bird Areas in India is an impressive work, though it may sound dull listing 465 IBAs, this is far from the case. There is a lot of detail and many fine photographs of areas that most of us have never heard of, let alone had an opportunity to visit, and that hold an impressive fauna. It is to be hoped that the book's production will lead to improvements in the status of many of the species discussed. Times Literary Supplement, September 2006.
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