Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe and the Western Palearctic
Mark Beaman & Steve Madge
This title is now out of print but we have sourced a few new copies from an antiquarian bookseller.
THE ultimate ID handbook of the decade. Fifty colour plates by some of Europe's leading bird artists show the widest range of plumages ever to feature in a European guide.
This is the most comprehensive guide to identification of the birds of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East yet published. Its importance for birders within and outside the region is difficult to exaggerate. It is the first identification manual to cover all the species to have occurred in the region, nearly 900 in all, illustrating every one (including vagrants and accidentals) and showing the widest range of plumages ever to feature in a European guide. The colour plates contain thousands of individual images and are painted by some of Europe's leading bird artists.
"The definitive new identification reference for British and European birders for years to come. Congratulations to the authors, artists and publisher on this landmark achievement."
- Birdwatch Bird Book of the year winner 1998
"If you are looking for a single volume that will render much of your existing library obsolete, put this to the top of a shortlist of one."
- Bird Watching
"One of the decade's most significant identification publications."
- Birding World
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