Guide to the Large Mammals of Thailand by John Parr is an excellent
field guide to this group of animals; one which is small enough
to be carried in a large pocket. The publication concentrates on
the more identifiable mammals that one is likely to see, excluding
bats, small rodents and shrews, but including squirrels, treeshrews
and civets, meaning that the plates are not overcrowded and the
book can easily be used in the field to identify mammals.
The Large Mammals
of Thailand comprises a 25 page introduction, 39 colour plates,
65 pages of species accounts and 12 pages of mammal tracks.
to this book is concise and informative, containing notes on habitats,
consevation issues and protected areas important for large mammals,
making for interesting reading before trips to the field. The colour
plates are excellently illustrated and uncluttered, something which
cannot be said for many bird field guides, and the species accounts
contain useful identification information and range maps. This book
really does make identifying mammals as easy as it can.
A Guide to
the Large Mammals of Thailand is one of the simplest, most straight-forward
and useable field guides that I have ever owned and highly recommended
for birders who are also interested in identifying mammals; this
publication is particularly enlightening when it comes to putting
a name on all the squirrels that one sees.
It is difficult
to critisize this excellent book, but one thing that springs to
mind is that more use could have been put to the pages that list
common and scientific names opposite the plates; there is quite
enough room for a little text and/or range maps.
possible issue with this book is that I notice that it uses slightly
different taxonomy to some other books, particularly in regard
to some splits of monkeys and civets. Not being intimately familiar
with this taxonomy, I am unable to say if the taxonomy used in
this book is outdated or better-informed than other publications.
faults aside, carrying a copy of this book when out birding will
most certainly allow for quick identification of the mammals that