Thursday, March 3, 2011
1) Harrison, John. A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka (Second Edition). 2011. Oxford University Press. Paperback: 208 pages. Price: $49.50 U.S.
SUMMARY: A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka is the first fully comprehensive, modern field guide to this ornithologically fascinating country. All of Sri Lanka's official avian species are described in the text and depicted in a collection of stunning color plates painted by Tim Worfolk, one of Britain's leading bird artists. The text, accessible to experienced ornithologists and beginners alike, highlights the important identification features such as plumage variations, size, calls and songs, range, distribution, and status for every species. The plates illustrate the various plumage variations for each bird, and show the birds perched and also in flight, where relevant to their identification.
An introduction to the guide describes briefly some of the best sites for watching Sri Lanka's abundant avifauna, and provides useful contact addresses for the prospective traveller. This will be an essential purchase for all birdwatchers travelling to the region; the beautiful plates and clearly-written text will also make it a must-have for anyone who loves birds, and Sri Lankan birds in particular. Features:
*A new edition of a truly comprehensive, up-to-date, modern guide to Sri Lanka's abundant avifauna
*Contains 49 stunning colour plates by Tim Worfolk
*All species on the official Sri Lankan list are described in the text
*Plumage variations according to age, sex, season, and race are depicted. Birds are shown both perched and in flight where relevant to their identification
*Includes the latest information on the habits and distribution of the region's bird species
*New and revised colour plates reflect recent changes to the classification of some species, the identification of a completely new species (the Serendib Scops Owl), and the growing number of species on the official list
RECOMMENDATION: If you have an interest in the birds of Sri Lanka you will want this book, even if you have the first edition!