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A Photographic Guide to Birds of Thailand
by Michael Webster and Chew Yen Fook
 
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The small size of this book suggests that it is a field guide, however, do not fall into this trap as less than 300 species are pictured a long way short of the nearly 1000 species that have been recorded in Thailand. The way this book is set out with reference tabs in the page corners would indeed be useful if this were a full identification guide, but in the absence of around 700 species it seems a bit of a waste of a good idea. Despite this limitation the book does have a number of good points. The low price of this publication means it is ideal if considering a trip to Thailand in order to see which bird families are likely to be encountered before deciding whether to book a trip and purchase a more expensive field guide. In fact the information in the first section, about bird finding, habitats and birding sites, fills the void that is created by the lack of introduction in Craig Robson's "A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand", so would be an ideal purchase to familiarise oneself with the country's ornithology before visiting.

Any faults aside this book is a pleasant addition to any birder's library for the excellent collection of photographs it contains.

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