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Princeton University Press Bird Books, 1998-2002

[Princeton Bird Books, 2003-2006]
[Princeton Bird Books Published before 1998]

2002 Releases:

Birds and Light - Lars Jonsson

Lars Jonsson. Birds and Light: The Art of Lars Jonsson. 224 pages. Details. Superb "coffee table" book. WorldTwitch 2002 Best Bird Art Book. The life story of Lars Jonsson, with many field sketches, previously unpublished paintings, and plates from his field guides. Helm & Princeton University Press 2002. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Sinclair, Hockey & Tarboton, Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa

Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey & Warwick Tarboton. Illustrated by Peter Hayman & Norman Arlott. SASOL Birds of Southern Africa. 464 pages. Struik & Princeton University Press. 3d Edition, 2002. WorldTwitch 2002 Best Bird Book - Africa. Revised and much improved, reflecting extensive taxonomic revisions and improvements in bird identification. Enhanced usability with Morcombe-style separators on the plates. Covers 31 species not in the second edition. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Robson, Birds of ThailandCraig Robson. Birds of Thailand. 272 pages. New Holland & Princeton University Press 2002. WorldTwitch 2002 Best Bird Book - Asia. Illustrations and abbreviated text from Robson's Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia. Much easier to use in Thailand than the more comprehensive book and more up-to-date than Boonsong & Round. However, it is very difficult to match the illustrations with the facing text, as the bird numbers are buried in the text and not even highlighted. Morcombe separators, as used by Sinclair, and bolded bird numbers would have made this guide much more user-friendly. (Perhaps they might be added in a second printing?) US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Hadoram Shirihai, A Complete Guide to Antarctic WildlifeHadoram Shirihai. A Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife: The birds and mammals of the Antarctic Continent and Southern Ocean. Illustrated by Brett Jarrett. WorldTwitch 2002 Best Bird Book - Oceans and Islands. 512 pages. 35 plates. 600 photographs. Alula Press 2002 & Princeton University Press 2003 (Brochure - pdf). An essential companion on trips to the Antarctic region. Printed on glossy paper, with photos throughout. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
A Guide to the Birds of Western AfricaNik Borrow & Ron Demey. A Guide to the Birds of Western Africa. Helm & Princeton University Press 2002. WorldTwitch 2002 Best Bird Book - Africa. The first comprehensive field guide to the birds of West Africa. 147 color plates depicting over 1200 species. 816 pages.  US | UK - PUP | UK - Helm | DE | FR | CA
Reduced, paperback field guide edition (2004): US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Madge, Pheasants, Partridges & GrouseSteve Madge & Phil McGowan. With Guy Kirwan. Illustrated by Norman Arlott, Robin Budden, Daniel Cole, John Cox, Carl D'Silva, Kim Franklin & David Mead. Pheasants, Partridges and Grouse. A Guide to the Pheasants, Patridges, Quails, Grouse, Guineafowl, Buttonquails, and Sandgrouse of the World. WorldTwitch 2002 Best Bird Family Book Award. 488 pages. 72 color plates. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 2002. US | UK - Helm | UK - PUP | DE | FR | CA
Nigel Wheatley & David Brewer. Where to Watch Birds in Central America, Mexico & the Caribbean. 432 pages. Helm & Princeton University Press. 2002. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
The Complete Guide to the Birds of Europe. Large paper edition of the Collins Bird Guide. 8.3" x 12". Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström & Peter J. Grant. WorldTwitch 2002 Best Bird Book - Europe. HarperCollins (2000) & Princeton University Press (2002). Expanded text and larger color illustrations. I consider this to be the world's finest single-volume bird book and the field guide version to be the world's finest field guide. Magnificent color plates. Space well utilized to provide essential identification details. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

2000-2001 Releases:

Terry Stevenson & John Fanshawe. Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi. A&C Black and Princeton University Press 2001. WorldTwitch 2001 Best Bird Book - Africa. 287 colour plates by Brian Small, John Gale & Norman Arlott.  US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Paperback edition (2006): US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Peter Clement. Illustrated by Ren Hathway, with additional illustrations by Jan Wilczur & Clive Byers. Thrushes. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 2001. WorldTwitch 2001 Best Bird Family Book Award.  424 pages. 60 color plates. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Hadoram Shirihai, Gabriel Gargallo & Andreas Helbig. Illustrated by Alan Harris. Photos by David Cottridge. Edited by Guy Kirwan & Lars Svensson. Sylvia Warblers. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 2001. WorldTwitch 2001 Best Bird Book - Europe and Middle East. The best family monograph thus far.  572 pages. 20 color plates. 546 color photographs. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Adrian Skerrett, Ian Bullock, Tony Disley (Illustrator). Field Guide to the Birds of the Seychelles. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 2001. WorldTwitch 2001 Best Bird Book Award. 320 pages. 53 color plates. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Tony Harris & Kim Franklin. Shrikes and Bush-Shrikes. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 2000. 392 pages. US | UK
Tim Inskipp, Carol Inskipp, Richard Grimmett. Field Guide to the Birds of Nepal. Christopher Helm and Princeton University Press 2000. US | UK
Craig Robson, A Guide to the Birds of SouthEast Asia. Great new guide. My only regret is that no large paper edition is available, as the print is VERY small. New Holland & Princeton University Press 2000. US | UK
David Beadle & James Rising. Sparrows [Buntings] of the United States and Canada: The Photographic Guide. 320 pages. A&C Black and Princeton University Press 2001. US | UK
Nicholas B. Davies, David Quinn (illustrator). Cuckoos, Cowbirds & Other Cheats. Superb natural history of brood parasites, including an appendix listing the 100 known species of parasitic birds and their hosts. 8 pages of colour photos. Davies frames key questions that have not been answered, which students might consider when deciding on a thesis topic. [Earlier book by the same authors: Dunnock Behaviour & Evolution.] Black & white drawings. 310 pages. Poyser and Princeton University Press 2000. US | UK
Noel & Helen Snyder. The California Condor: A Saga of Natural History & Conservation. A&C Black and Princeton University Press 2000. 395 pages. US | UK
James Hancock. Herons of North America: Their World in Focus. A&C Black and Princeton University Press 2000. 128 pages. US | UK
Tom Tolman and Richard Lewington. Butterflies of Europe. (UK title: Collins Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe.) There still is no butterfly field guide for Europe comparable to Jeff Glassberg's North American butterfly guides. Butterfly guides illustrated with field (not pinned) photos are almost always superior to guides illustrated by artists, in contrast to bird guides. This rather mediocre guide illustrated by paintings is the best now in print, although the prior Collins guide by Higgins & Riley may actually be more useful in the field. 320 pages. 104 color plates. HarperCollins 1997 and Princeton University Press 2001. US | UK - Collins | UK - PUP

Nigel Wheatley. Where to Watch Birds in
1. ASIA (hardcover) US | UK
2. EUROPE & RUSSIA (paperback) US | UK
3. AFRICA Softcover (US) | Hardcover (UK)
4. AUSTRALASIA & OCEANIA (hardcover) US | UK
5. SOUTH AMERICA Softcover (US) | Hardcover (UK)
6. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN US | UK

1998-1999 Releases:

David R. Wells, with contributions by Philip D. Round & Uthai Treesucon. The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula. Volume 1: Non-Passerines. 648 pages. 69 colour plates by Geoffrey Davison, Ian Lewington, Philip Burton, David Digby, Dana Gardner (view plates on Dana's website), Peter Hayman, David Quinn & Chris Rose. Woodcuts by Dana Gardner. Now the standard reference on the birds of the Malay peninsula. Volume 2 forthcoming. A&C Black and Princeton University Press 1999. US | UK
Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp. Birds of India (i.e., the "Pocket Guide"). The shortened "field" edition. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 1999. US | UK
Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp. Illustrations by Clive Byers, Daniel Cole, John Cox, Grerald Driessens, Carl D'Silva, Martin Elliott, Kim Franklin, Alan Harris, Peter Hayman, Craig Robson, Jan Wilczur & Tim Worfolk. A Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. Unabridged edition. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 1998. US | UK
Chris Feare & Adrian Craig. Kamol Komolphalin (Illustrator). Starlings & Mynas. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 1999. US | UK
Dale A. Zimmerman, Donald A. Turner, David J. Pearson & Ian Willis. Field Guide to the Birds of Kenya & Northern Tanzania. Compact version: 576 pages. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 1999. US | UK
Alvaro Jaramillo & Peter Burke, The New World Blackbirds: The Icterids. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 1999. US | UK
Herbert A. Raffaele, James Wiley, Orlando Garrido, Allan Keith & Janis Raffaele. Birds of the West Indies. Helm & Princeton University Press, 1998. 512 pages. 85 color plates. (Contrary to this guide and Brewer, Wrens, Dippers & Thrashers, there is only one trembler per island. Trip reports claiming two species twitched on Martinique or St. Lucia are likewise wrong. See Storer 1989, which is cited in Brewer's appendix!) US | UK
Ber van Perlo. Princeton Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Southern Africa. HarperCollins, 1999 & Princeton University Press 2001. US | UK
Ber van Perlo. Princeton Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Eastern Africa. HarperCollins 1995 & Princeton University Press 2001. US | UK
Peter K. Grant. Ecology and Evolution of Darwin's Finches. 512 pages. 20 color illus. 117 halftones. 101 line illus. Princeton University Press. Revised edition, 1999. Updated edition taking into account new discoveries made in the 13 years since the original publication. US | UK
Mark Beaman & Steve Madge. Illustrated by Hilary Burn, Martin Elliott, Alan Harris, Peter Hayman, Laurel Tucker & Dan Zetterstrom. The Handbook of Bird Identification (for Europe and the Western Palearctic.) 868 pages. 355 plates. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press 1998. US | UK
Graham Harris. A Guide to the Birds & Mammals of Coastal Patagonia. 251 pages. 33 color plates. Princeton University Press 1998. US | UK
James Hancock. Herons & Egrets of the World: A Photographic Journey. A&C Black and Princeton University Press 1999. 208 pages. US | UK
Dick Forsman, The Raptors of Europe and the Middle East. Poyser and Princeton University Press 1998. 608 pages. US | UK
Ingvar Byrkjedal & Des Thompson. Tundra Plovers: the Eurasian, Pacific and American Golden Plovers and Grey Plover. Poyser and Princeton University Press 1998. 400 pages. US | UK

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