Birds of the Middle East by Richard Porter & Simon Aspinall. Second edition published 2010. As reviewed and pictured: Softcover, 384 pages.
This new title from Princeton Field Guides covers over 800 species found in the Middle East (defined for this book as the Arabian Peninsula, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran). I've never been birding in this region, but since there's a lot of species overlap between this region and Europe and northern Africa, I see a lot of familiar species when paging through this guide. I was interested to note at least 8 non-native species of weaver and bishop that have established populations in the region.
The color illustrations, drawn by three different artists using a similar style, are fantastic. The birds are presented on a plain white background, naturally perched on branches or standing on a sandy surface. The plates are well-arranged throughout the guide so the white background isn't boring.