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A Field Guide to the Birds of China

By (author) John Mackinnon
Illustrated by Dave Showler, Karen Phillipps
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Aug 2000
Dimensions: w 138mm h 200mm d 46mm
Weight: 1251g
ISBN-10: 0198549415
ISBN-13: 9780198549413
Barcode No: 9780198549413
China is one of the largest countries in the world, covering 7 per cent 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. This is a comprehensive, taxonomically modern, and 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 behavioural 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.

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