A Field Guide to the Birds of China (Anglais) Broché – 8 juin 2000
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'This book would get the thumbs up even if there was an alternative available' Birdwatching
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Comme le Birds of South East Asia de Craig Robson, l'ordre de présentation des espèces est assez déroutant
Les illustrations sont plutot bonnes et certaines planches sont très belles
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1. It's better than having no field guide at all...and for western China, your only other option is no field guide at all.
2. Descriptions in the text are generally good and helpful.
3. This guide can help point in the right direction as you resort to the internet to try to identify the birds you have seen.
4. It will give you a greater appreciation for your other field guides.
1. Color plates are in the front half of the book, opposite bird names and range maps; descriptions of the birds are in the back half of the book. You will spend a LOT of time with fingers holding your place, flipping back and forth trying to find the descriptions for the birds you think you might be about to identify. I've spent needless hours just searching for the right page so I can read a bird's description. It is terrible design and a constant source of frustration.
2. Nineteen (!) species are not included in the color plates but rather illustrated in black and white in the text. If you are like me and you see an unfamiliar bird, you will first browse the plates to find something that looks similar. But let's say you are unfamiliar with dippers and see a Brown or White-throated Dipper while in China. You may look through the illustrations with increasing scrutiny and exasperation and you will never find your bird because it is tucked away in the text in the back of the book. If you want to identify a corvid, you could look at the two plates of crows and never suspect that Common Ravens and Collared Crows occur in China. There is no list telling you which birds aren't included in the plates. (I've made a list. I will post it at the end of the review)
3. Illustration quality varies by artist. Usually this is not a problem, but it is for a couple of the plates of warblers. Of eight plates for warblers, one artist did five and another artist did three. The artist who did three plates has a style that seems fuzzier and more sepia-toned than the rest of the warblers, which appear bright and crisp, even though many are rather drab birds. Because of differences in illustration style, I am not sure which differences in these similar birds' appearance are due to actual differences and which are due to the artists' differing styles.
4. Some birds are not sufficiently illustrated. For instance, most eagles have only a standing view and one in-flight view from underneath. Hume's Lark has one small in-flight top view and no illustration showing its face, chest, and belly. Martins are shown perched and an underside flight view...topside flight views were very helpful when I came across them in a different field guide. Some subspecies are illustrated; some are not. I often have to consult other field guides to make confident IDs.
5. Placement of birds on color plates is haphazard. Range maps appear in numerical order but the corresponding illustrations do not. If you like counting "3, 4, 7, 6, 5, 10, 12, 14, 13, 18, 15, 2, 11" then you will love the numbering (this example follows the numbering scheme on the Larks page...most pages have birds out of order). If you prefer your numbers to appear in numerical order, you might not love it so much. It is frustrating to get to a plate that contains many birds that look similar to one you're trying to identify, then look at the range maps to narrow down the possibilities, and then have to spend time just finding where that numbered bird is on the opposing page.
6. Species and names are sometimes out of date. This is always going to be a problem with any older field guide, as species are lumped and split and reclassified. Most of the time, alternate names for birds appear in the text. If you use eBird to record sightings, you will have a lot of nomenclatures to learn that differ from this field guide.
I hope Princeton puts out a guide for all of China some day soon. Until that time, I will continue using this guide and supplementing it with better guides from surrounding areas to fill in some of the deficiencies.
Here is the list of birds that appear in the text and not in the color plates:
382. Eurasian Thick-knee
383. Great Thick-knee
384. Eurasian Oystercatcher
386. Black-winged Stilt
387. Pied Avocet
412. Indian Skimmer
451. Marbled Murrelet
452. Ancient Murrelet
453. Japanese Murrelet
454. Rhinoceros Auklet
557. Greater Flamingo
634. Racket-tailed Treepie
650. Collared Crow
651. Common Raven
687. White-throated Dipper
688. Brown Dipper
1242. Java Sparrow
1258. Sillem's Mountain Finch
Didn't put 5 stars for the following reasons:
-I would rather have the description, the illustration and the map all at the same place even if I understand the reason why they aren't.
-The name in chinese are the scientific ones, not the ones used by the common people (according to my Chinese wife). Even I enjoy having the pinyin translation with the description, I would have been better to include the tones for pronunciation. An example: Owls are called "xiao" in the book (which in another tone means small) and the used word is "mao tou ying".
-Since the book was already heavy, i would have prefered a hard cover. I m a little bit worried that the book will have a bad time in my backpack as I travel even after I have covered it.
I could have easily given a 5stars review for this guide and the minors flaws I have noticed earlier should not stop you to get this guide for bird watching in China.
The illustration is accurate, and is reliable for identifying birds. It is the only comprehensive field guide for China, covering 1300+ bird species.
The organization of this book is very good, actually better than the field guide for the US (such as Sibley and Nat Geo) and Europe. It has two sections:1) 128 color plates: map (on the left) and illustration (on the right). It is much easier to brow through the 128 plates than the entire book to find the bird. 2) Content (description, voice, range, distribution and status, habits) follows after the color plates. The content is very helpful when one is in doubt about the ID. Each specie is numbered from 1 to 1329. It gives two advantages: 1) I only needed to write down the number in the field instead of the bird name. That saved a lot of time; 2) It is very easy to locate the specie in the color plates or content section.
The book also gives the Chinese name of each specie, which can be helpful if you are bilingual.
In short, it is a great field guide, indispensable for birding in China.