Book Review: Birds of the Middle East

 

The descriptive texts and rang maps for the birds are presented opposite the color plates, which is always handy. The most important identification clues are printed in bold text. Notes following many of the bird texts indicate abundance, additional range details, or other helpful sighting information.

The bulk of the book is your standard, working field guide, but larophobes like me might especially appreciate plate 72, devoted to identifying large white-headed gulls (shiver). This plate is accompanied by a handy chart comparing features of several gull species, including moulting dates!

Birds of the Middle East is another fine field guide from publisher Princeton Field Guides. I give Birds of the Middle East 4.5 Goldfinches out of 5.

Disclosure: This is my own original, honest review of Birds of the Middle East, a copy of which was provided to me free of charge by the publisher.

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