Collins bird guide: the most complete field guide to the birds of Britain and Europe.
London: Harper Collins Publishers, (2009 second edition).
Octavo, dustwrapper, 448 pp. colour plates, maps.
The most complete field guide to the birds of Britain and Europe. This second edition has expanded text and additional colour illustrations. The book provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, covering size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and illustrations showing the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding: whatever is important). In addition, each group of birds includes an introduction which covers the major problems involved in identifying or observing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which main species. These and many other common birdwatching questions are answered. The combination of definitive text, up-to-date distribution maps and superb illustrations, all in a single volume, makes this book the ultimate field guide, essential on every bookshelf and birdwatching trip. Also available in paperback [stock id 27445].