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Helm Guide to Bird Identification: An in-depth look at Confusion Species

Helm Guide to Bird Identification: An in-depth look at Confusion Species

Keith Vinicombe, Alan Harris & Laurel Tucker

The long- awaited thoroughly updated revamp.

'The Helm Guide to Bird Identification' covers difficult id issues by looking at tricky species pairs or groups of birds, and comparing and contrasting their respective features. Designed as a field companion, it supplements the standard field guides and provides much additional information. As well as detailed texts, it includes extensive illustrations of all relevant ages and plumages of the species concerned.

Based on the 'Macmillan Field Guide to Bird Identification' published in 1993, this is a complete revamp; thoroughly updated and re-worked, including lots of new artwork, extra species, a larger format, and a better design.

Table of Contents

Whooper and Bewick's Swans, Grey geeseSnow and Ross's GeeseCanada and Cackling Geese
Brent GeeseMandarin and Wood DucksEurasian and American Wigeon
Large dabbling ducks in late summer and autumn: Mallard, Gadwall, Pintail and ShovelerSmall dabbling ducks: Common, Green-winged and Blue-winged Teals, and GarganeyAythya ducks: Greater and Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Ferruginous Duck and hybrids
Eiders: females, immatures and eclipse malesScotersGoosander and Red-breasted Merganser
DiversGreat and Cory's ShearwatersManx, Balearic and Sooty Shearwaters
Storm, Leach's and Wilson's PetrelsSlavonian, Black-necked and Red-necked GrebesBittern and Night Heron
Purple HeronEgretsCormorant and Shag
Red and Black KitesHen, Montagu's, Pallid and Northern HarriersSparrowhawk and Goshawk
Common, Rough-legged and Honey BuzzardsGolden and White-tailed EaglesFalcons: Peregrine, Merlin, Hobby and Red-footed Falcon
Ringed, Little Ringed and Kentish PloversLarge plovers: Grey, European Golden, American Golden and Pacific Golden Plovers, and DotterelLittle Stint, Temminck's Stints and Sanderling
The rare stints: Semipalmated, Western and Least Sandpipers, and Red-necked and Long-toed StintsBaird's and White-rumped SandpipersDunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper and Knot
Ruff, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Pectoral SandpiperCommon, Jack and Great SnipeGodwits
Curlew and WhimbrelCommon and Spotted SandpipersGreen and Wood Sandpipers
Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Marsh SandpiperLesser and Greater YellowlegsPhalaropes
Arctic, Pomarine and Long-tailed SkuasKittiwake, Little and Sabine's GullsMediterranean Gull
Ring-billed GullHerring, Lesser Black-backed and Great Black-backed GullsYellow-legged and Caspian Gulls
Glaucous and Iceland GullsGull-billed and Sandwich TernsMarsh terns: Black, White-winged Black, American Black and Whiskered Terns
Common, Arctic and Roseate TernsAuksPigeons and doves
Long-eared and Short-eared OwlsCommon, Pallid and Alpine SwiftsRed-backed, Turkestan, Daurian, Brown, Woodchat and Masked Shrikes
Great Grey, Lesser Grey and Steppe Grey Shrikes Crows: Carrion Crow, Rook, Raven, Jackdaw and ChoughMarsh and Willow TitsSkylark, Woodlark and Short-toed Lark
Red-rumped SwallowCetti's WarblerGreenish and Arctic Warblers
Yellow-browed, Hume's and Pallas's WarblersGoldcrest and FirecrestRadde's and Dusky Warblers
Wood Warbler, Western and Eastern Bonelli's WarblersWillow Warbler and the chiffchaffsAquatic Warbler
Unstreaked Acrocephalus warblersIduna warblers: Booted, Sykes's and Eastern Olivaceous WarblersHippolais warblers: Melodious and Icterine Warblers
Locustella warblers: Grasshopper, Savi's and River WarblersSylvia warblers: Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Subalpine, Garden and Barred WarblersRose-coloured Starling
Ring Ouzel and BlackbirdSong Thrush and Mistle ThrushCommon and Thrush Nightingales
Common and Black RedstartsEuropean Stonechat, Eastern Stonechat and WhinchatHouse and Tree Sparrows
Grey, Yellow, Eastern Yellow and Citrine WagtailsPied and White WagtailsTawny, Richard's and Blyth's Pipits
Small pipits: Meadow, Tree, Red-throated, Olive-backed and Pechora PipitsRock, Water and Buff-bellied PipitsGreen finches: Greenfinch, Siskin and Serin
Linnet, Twite and Common RosefinchLesser, Mealy and Arctic RedpollsCommon, Parrot, Scottish and Two-barred Crossbills
Cirl Bunting and YellowhammerReed, Little, Rustic and Lapland Buntings 

398 pages.

Plates and Long Descriptions shown on same spread.Plates and Long Descriptions shown on same spread.
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