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by John MacKinnon,Karen Phillipps

ePub A Field Guide to the Birds of China download
John MacKinnon,Karen Phillipps
Oxford University Press (August 10, 2000)
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John MacKinnon and Karen Phillipps' important new guide will be the first truly comprehensive, taxonomically modern, and fully illustrated field guide to the birds of China. Over 1300 bird species are illustrated in 128 original colour paintings, by Karen Phillipps and Dave Showler.

John MacKinnon and Karen Phillipps' important new guide will be the first truly comprehensive, taxonomically modern, and fully illustrated field guide to the birds of China.

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John Mackinnon, Karen Phillipps. This book provides a complete identification guide to the birds of this important region, including descriptions and colour illustrations of all 820 species found there, many of which do not occur anywhere else. Information is provided on where to look for endemic and insular forms and on major birding localities. Introductory chapters discuss habitats, climate, land-use, and conservation. This volume is intended for reference and for pleasure, for amateur and professional ornithologists, for birdwatchers and for tourists to Indonesia and region.

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Place of Publication. The only comprehensive field guide to the birds of China. Good illustrations, maps and information but it is heavy and bulky and not exactly a book to keep in your pocket as you birdwatch! Verified purchase: Yes Condition: Pre-owned. Best-selling in Non-Fiction.

John MacKinn and Karen Phillipps' important new guide will be the first truly comprehensive, taxomically modern, and fully illustrated field guide to the birds of China.

A Field Guide to the Birds of China (In Chinese and Latin names index). Robertson John Mackinnon.

China is one of the largest countries in the world, covering 7% of the earth's land surface, and encompassing a hugely diverse range of habitats. As a result it boasts a rich and diverse avifauna, including some of the most spectacular and fascinating birds to be found anywhere in the world. John MacKinnon and Karen Phillipps' important new guide will be the first truly comprehensive, taxonomically modern, and fully illustrated field guide to the birds of China. Over 1300 bird species are illustrated in 128 original colour paintings, by Karen Phillipps and Dave Showler. The species accounts stress the key points for field recognition and give a full description of the plumage, voice, range, distribution, status, and behavioral characteristics for every bird, with additional descriptions provided for hundreds of subspecies. Colour distribution maps are provided for all illustrated species. The book also includes a useful introductory section that presents a background to the ecology of China, a brief history of Chinese ornithology, and plenty of practical hints on birdwatching in China. The guide's portable format means it will fit easily into a backpack or pocket. John MacKinnon lived in China and Hong Kong for eight years, and has extensive experience of watching and writing about Chinese birds. He has been working in ecology and conservation in Asia for over 30 years, and his work in China included co-authoring the master plan to save the Giant Panda and its habitat. He has written and co-authored many books on the natural history of Asia, including a number of other bird guides. Karen Phillipps was born in Borneo, lived in Hong Kong for over 20 years, and has illustrated several other books on the birdlife of the region.
  • This is currently the best field guide for the birds of China. If you are only on the east coast, I expect that Birds of East Asia by Mark Brazil will be far superior, but I am in western China so this is the only option. Overall, this is a very frustrating field guide to use.

    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
    385. Ibisbill
    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

  • On a recent trip to Yunnan, SW China, I used a combination of a guide to the birds of Hong Kong and an online Birds of China app with limited illustrations (filched from this book), no maps, text in Chinese characters (which I can't yet read) with only. I saw plenty of birds but struggled to identify many of them - now, with this excellent guide I have managed to connect my notes with species. The guide is almost 20 years out of date and due for an update, particularly on distributions, birding localities and resources, and perhaps more on the phylogenetic context and biogeography of birds in China. Nonetheless, I recommend it to anyone as the best and most comprehensive English language guide to birds of China. There is also an excellent section on the history of ornithological exploration in China.

  • Very good and complete book. I really enjoyed reading it and I hope it will be a very helpful companion for my upcoming trip to China. Maybe a bit big (600pages) for a field guide but with the number of species presented (1300), it was difficult to have something smaller. I enjoyed the presentation of the different birding hotspots of the country.

    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.

  • We have birded in 4 continents. This book ranks among the best birding guide books.

    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.