A Field Guide to the Birds of South-east Asia Paperback – Feb 14 2002
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About the Author
Craig Robson has travelled regularly to South-east Asia for the last 20 years, having seen and studied more bird species of that region than anyone else in Europe. He helped launch the thriving Oriental Bird Club and served on the Council of the OBC for 5 years, writing numerous papers in their journal during that time. Craig is based in Norfolk, England. A selection of leading artists, all of them specialists in their fields, have been specially commissioned to provide the full-colour identification plates. The artists include Richard Allen, Hilary Burn, Clive Byers, Daniel Cole, John Cox, Antony Disley, Martin Elliott, Mike Langman, Ian Lewington, Andrew Mackay, Stephen Message, Chris Schmidt, Jan Wilczur and Tim Worfolk.
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Its main advantage is the updated taxonomy and nomenclature, which will be indispensable to more serious birders, including the addition of some 25 newly-recorded species. The new flexi-cover is great and enhances field-use.
It has drawbacks however. The overall size (15.5 X 23.8cm) and weight is a bit too big to carry around, so it is awkward as a field guide (although it remains excellent for general reference). It still lacks individual range-maps, which is a strong disadvantage in the field (although distribution is given in general terms). The species accounts are in a separate section away from the plates, which can be fiddly and time consuming; you have to navigate between page number, species number, and plate number.
In my view the condensed 2005 version had an easier overall arrangement. It was more practical: lightweight and smaller, in many cases featuring larger illustrations, and species accounts directly opposite the plates.
Having noted all of those (relatively minor) flaws, I should say that this awesome book is still easily the best guide to the region.