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Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East


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Introduction ix Acknowledgements xv Species, status, breeding distribution and colour plates 2 Species accounts 227 References and further reading 429 Species list 433 Index of English names 441 Index of scientific names 453

About the Author

R. F. Porter was Head of Species Protection for the RSPB until his retirement. He is the senior author of the ground-breaking "Flight Identification of European Raptors".


There has always been a problem deciding which books to take birding in the Middle East. With the arrival of this new field guide to the region it is now possible to contemplate using only one book in the field... This is an indispensable and thoroughly recommended aid for birdwatchers in the Middle East and beyond. -- Andrew Grieve, Birdwatch [The] illustrations are all of a consistently high standard... Highly recommended. -- David Tomlinson, New Scientist Four artists have contributed and ... the overall standard is very high... Highly recommended for anyone interested in the birds of the region, and for most of the Middle East it is certainly the best available field guide. -- Andy Musgrove, BTO News At long last, the book all travelers to the Middle East have been waiting for--an up-to-date, comprehensive and, most important of all, single volume field guide... There is little doubt that this book is a real tour de force and should remain the standard work for the region for a long time to come. Strongly recommended for all visitors to the Middle East. -- Gordon Hamlett, Bird Watching Here we have a clear, state of the art guide that has me wondering how it could be bettered... The 112 coloured plates are truly a veritable delight of excellence. -- Bob Scott, British Birds Visitors to the Near East ... will want to own this new guide, and residents of the region should not be without it. -- Guy Kirwan, Birding World This excellent book is a must for anyone going to this region. Beginners will find it easy to use, and ... to learn. Advanced birdwatchers will learn something that they have not yet, and what will ultimately help with correct identification. The bottom line is: this is the best field guide published so far on birds of the Middle East. -- Zpravy Mos, Wilson Bulletin [A] unique and up-to-date source of information regarding the birds and their distribution... The colour plates ... are beautifully and accurately illustrated. This book, although primarily a field guide, is the first publication which gives a full and comprehensive description of all bird species of the Middle East. It is highly recommended for those who are interested in birds of this region or who are planning to go birdwatching here. -- O. Bahat, Ibis

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