text for each species is not particularly extensive, probably due
to neccessity considering the number of species involved, but is
very selective in the information it gives; only giving call descriptions
where sensible and describing behaviour that is helpful in identification.
An indication of the abundance of the species is given, which can
be very useful, but can often be slightly out of date. Another helpful
inclusion is that of describing the habitat and altitudes where
the species can typically be found.
The main weakness
of this pioneering book is the fact that it has never been updated,
so that some of the information is out of date; particularly the
distribution maps and abundance. Since publication many species
have been added to the Thai list and a number of others have been
split; obviously these are not included in this book and some species
are referred to by their old, pre-split, names which may sometimes
prevent correct identification.
is a fantastic book which I still consider essential to any birding
foray into Thailand despite the fact that it is slightly out of
date. For those that wish to obtain this book before travelling
to Thailand a few copies are for sale on Amazon.com.
The Bird Conservation Society
of Thailand (the Thai BirdLife partner) have some copies available
and buying a copy from BCST will directly benefit conservation in
Thailand. BCST's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
or, I have been told, there has been a reprint and once again this
excellent fieldguide is widely available in bookshops in Thailand.