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This page lists books about birds and birdwatching in Pakistan.

The books are listed by publication date with the most recent at the top.


Also see:

Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan: First edition

Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan: Second edition


Asia

For bird books that cover all of Asia see:

Asia

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A Photograhic Field Guide to Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Bikram Grewal, Sumit Sen, Sarwandeep Singh, Nikhil Devasar, Garima Bhatia

Introduction: Tim and Carol Inskipp

Princeton University Press

2017

Originally published by Om Book in 2016 as A Pictorial Field Guide to Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"This is the only comprehensive photographic field guide to the birds of the entire Indian subcontinent. Every distinct species and subspecies--some 1,375 in all--is covered with photographs, text, and maps. The guide features more than 4,000 stunning photographs, many never before published, which have been carefully selected to illustrate key identification features of each species. The up-to-date facing-page text includes concise descriptions of plumage, voice, range, habitat, and recent taxonomic changes. Each species has a detailed map reflecting the latest distribution information and containing notes on status and population density. The guide also features an introduction that provides an overview of birdlife and a brief history of ornithology in India and its neighbors. The result is an encyclopedic photographic guide that is essential for everyone birding anywhere in the subcontinent.

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A Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

Bikram Grewal and Otto Pfister

Bloomsbury Pocket Photo Guides

Bloomsbury Publishing

2017

This is a reissue of the 2013 New Holland publication with the same title.

" The Himalayas, the world's highest mountain range, are a birdwatcher's paradise. Many of its species are high altitude specialists, including Tibetan and Himalayan Snowcocks, Snow Partridge, Ibisbill, Tibetan Sandgrouse, Hume's Groundpecker, Tibetan Snowfinch and Great Rosefinch. The area comprises a mosaic of different habitats which host a huge range of avian species, with families such as raptors, gamebirds, flycatchers and warblers particularly well represented. 252 of the Himalayas' most interesting and spectacular birds are featured in this concise and easy-to-use guide, and each species is illustrated with a colour photograph which is accompanied by text giving key information on identification, habitat and distribution."

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A Pictorial Field Guide to Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Bikram Grewal, Sumit Sen, Sarwandeep Singh, Nikhil Devasar, Garima Bhatia

Introduction: Tim and Carol Inskipp

Om Books

2016

Subsequently published by Princeton University Press in 2017 as A Photographic Field Guide to Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"This book covers over 1,300 species and distinct sub-species of birds found in the Indian subcontinent. It contains over 4,000 colour photographs including depictions of flight, plumage, hunting style and much more. Many of the photographs in this comprehensive field guide appear for the first time, and have been carefully selected to showcase the most important features of each species. The text provides vital and new information on voice and habits of each species. The distribution maps are accompanied by notes on status and density. A Pictorial Field Guide to Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will enable accurate field identification in one of the world's most diverse avifaunal regions.

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Birds of Sialkot

Mustansar Hussain Tarar

Photographs: Kamran Saleem

Topical Printers

2015

"Kamran Saleem was born and raised in Sialkot. He is an outdoors type of a person and has trekked all over the Northern Areas of Pakistan. He is a photographer, writer and a videographer, and has several plays to his credit which have been aired on television. He had the opportunity to spend time with [Mr. Nadeem Khawar, a well known photographer, and through his observations of Nadeem Khavvar's working, he learnt to hone his skills. He began taking photographs in 2010 and quickly mastered the medium. With his passion for wildlife and his desire to be close to Nature being the driving force, he has learnt the habits of the birds around Sialkot and their dwindling habit. His message is "If in the surroundings of one small area like Sialkot I find so much beauty, you can imagine hovv much more beauty exists in the entire Pakistan". His photography of birds around Sialkot has taken him several years and this book being his first, is a testimony to his skills as a photographer."

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Collins Field Guide: Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Norman Arlott

Collins

2015

"This comprehensive new field guide is an excellent addition to the world-renowned series the ultimate reference book for travelling birdwatchers. Every species of bird you might encounter in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Andaman Islands, the Nicobar Islands and the Maldives is featured, apart from non-established introductions. Beautiful artwork depicts their breeding plumage, and non-breeding plumage when it differs significantly. The accompanying text concentrates on the specific characteristics and appearance of each species that allow identification in the field, including voice, and distribution maps."

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Ecology and Population of Birds of Changa Manga Forest, Pakistan

Irfan Babu, Zulfiqar Ali, Muhammad Altaf

Lambert Academic Publishing

2013

"In this book recorded the woodland birds diversity and abundance at Changa Manga Plantation area. Determine the ecology of observed birds and the trophic level at which different species are using within Changa Manga plantation by using secondary data."

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Status and Conservation of Avifauna of Head Qadirabad, Pakistan

Muhammad Altaf, Zulfiqar Ali, Muhammad Asif Munir

Lambert Academic Publishing

2013

"Ornithology has traditionally emphasized the systematics, anatomy and distribution of birds. The study of birds to find ways to conserve restore and maintain the diversity of birds and ecology. In large part, this book is designed to maintain diversity, ecology and indicate the threats to birds. Over goal is to provide some feeling for the excitement, engendered by recent research on birds. We also want to promote a sense of urgency for the need to protect birds and wetlands. It is critical that a high diversity of birds continue to be around to fascinate future generations."

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Important Bird Areas of Jammu & Kashmir

Asad R. Rahmani, M. Zafar-ul Islam, Khursheed Ahmad, Intesar Suhail, Pankaj Chandan, and Ashfaq Ahmed Zarri

Oxford University Press

2013

"This volume is part of a series of books on important bird areas (IBAs) of specific states, which is an extension of Important Bird Areas in India: Priority Sites for Conservation (2004) that described 466 IBAs for India. The third book in the series, this volume focuses on the IBAs of Jammu & Kashmir. Co-authored by six field scientists and wildlife officers, Important Bird Areas of Jammu & Kashmir is a collaborative effort of BNHS, WWF-India, RSPB, and BirdLife International. Profusely illustrated with more than 70 images showing habitats and birds and with a polygon map for each IBA, this book will help advocate for the protection of all wildlife and wild areas, as IBAs are also Key Biodiversity Areas."

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A Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

Bikram Grewal and Otto Pfister

New Holland

3rd edition

2013

"This is the new edition of a popular guide and it is fully updated with all the latest names and recently recognised species. The Himalayas, the world's highest mountain range, are a birdwatcher's paradise. Many of its species are high altitude specialists, including Tibetan and Himalayan Snowcocks, Snow Partridge, Ibisbill, Tibetan Sandgrouse, Hume's Groundpecker, Tibetan Snowfinch and Great Rosefinch. The area comprises a mosaic of different habitats which host a huge range of avian species, with families such as raptors, gamebirds, flycatchers and warblers particularly well represented. 252 of the Himalayas' most interesting and spectacular birds are featured in this concise and easy-to-use guide, and each species is illustrated with a colour photograph which is accompanied by text giving key information on identification, habitat and distribution."

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Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives

Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp

Princeton Field Guides

Princeton University Press

2012

"The best field guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent is now even better. Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference. Newly identified species have been added, the text has been extensively revised, and all the maps are new. Comprehensive and definitive, this is the indispensable guide for anyone birding in this part of the world. 1,375 species are illustrated and described, including all residents, migrants, and vagrants. With 226 color plates that depict every species and many distinct plumages and races."

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Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide

Volume 1: Field Guide

Volume 2: Attributes and Status

Pamela C. Rasmussen and John C. Anderton

Lynx Edicions

Second edition

2012

"Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide is a comprehensive, two-volume, up-to-date work covering the over 2500 known and likely taxa of birds of the spectacularly diverse Indian subcontinent including, for the first time, Afghanistan and the Chagos Archipelago. Volume 1 is a Field Guide, bound separately for portability, while Volume 2 (Attributes and Status) contains much more detailed information. The second edition is revised and updated with the newest findings on vocalizations and taxonomy, including several taxa newly recorded for the region, species whose voice was previously unknown, and additional newly recognised species."

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Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp

Helm Field Guides

Christopher Helm

2nd edition

2011

"This new field guide is based on the authors' groundbreaking Birds of the Indian Subcontinent (1998) and covers all the bird species found in India, Pakistian, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. The plates face the descriptions and maps for quick at-a-glance reference. Many of the plates have been repainted for this edition and a number of new species added. This guide also provides tables, summarising identification features of particularly difficult groups such as nightjars, warblers and rosefinches."

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Birds of the Indian Subcontinent: A Field Guide

Ranjit Manakadan, J.C. Daniel, and Nikhil Bhopale

Illustrations: John Henry Dick

Oxford University Press

2011

"This book is a revised edition of a pictorial guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent first published in 1983. The book deals with the birds of the Indian Subcontinent - India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, including the islands of Andaman and Nicobars, Lakshadweep, and Maldives and not includes Afghanistan and the Chagos Archipelago. The main part of the book is taken up by bird topography and complemented by 112 plates containing illustrations of 1251 species to describe how their family/species perceived in the society. Additional notes of over 100 definite species are also provided to add special flavour to the reader. The Guide contains species descriptions to aid field identification, as there are quite a few bird species where a pictorial representation is not sufficient, especially to identify similar looking birds. The brief descriptions of the species have been added to enable quick identification, except for species where more detailing is required."

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Birds of Prey of the Indian Subcontinent

Rishad Naoroji

Om Books International

2011

"Birds of Prey of the Indian Subcontinent is a complete guide to the raptors of the Indian subcontinent, including India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Maldives. The huge diversity of habitat types and altitudinal variation gives rise to a correspondingly large avifauna. The diurnal birds of prey are well represented 70 species of hawk, buzzard, kite, harrier, eagle, vulture, falcon and falconet are found in the region. Each species is shown in all usual plumage forms, in flight and at rest. The species accounts cover all aspects of field identification, and also include sections on distribution, behaviour, status and population."

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Birds in Books: Three Hundred Years of South Asian Ornithology: A Bibliography

Aasheesh Pittie

Permanent Black

2010

"The history of South Asian ornithology spans three centuries and records over 1200 species of birds. This is the passionate work of hundreds of amateur and professional ornithologists. The popular as well as scientific documentation of this region's avifauna is prodigious. For the first time, this vast body of work is brought together here, in this detailed, meticulously researched, and annotated bibliography. Over 1700 books are listed, covering the ornithology of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet - a region encompassing the Oriental and Palaearctic realms. The bibliography embraces various types of work: from travelogues, field guides, species monographs, country handbooks, regional avifaunas, multi-volume ornithological works, and folios of art, to simple checklists. In addition, it provides brief glimpses into the lives of over 200 ornithologists. For comprehensive accessibility, it includes three indexes enabling readers to reach specific items of information with ease."

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Birds of Pakistan

Richard Grimmett, Tom Roberts and Tim Inskipp

Illustrations: Clive Byers, Daniel Cole, John Cox, Gerald Driessens, Carl D'Silva, Martin Elliott, Kim Franklin, Alan Harris, Peter Hayman, Craig Robson, Jan Wilczur, Tim Worfolk

Helm Field Guides

Yale University Press / Helm

2009

"This guide is a successor to the much acclaimed Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by two of the same authors. Covering Pakistan, the superb plates are accompanied by a succinct text highlighting identification, voice, habitat, altitudinal range, distribution and status. The text is on facing pages to the plates, for easy reference and there are distribution maps for every species. Like previous guides covering Nepal, Bhutan, Northern India and Southern India, this guide is a perfect size for use in the field and will be an essential companion when visiting this region."

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Indian Birds in Focus: Birds of the Indian Subcontinent and Their Habitats

Amano Samarpan

Wisdom Tree

2009

"This title shows you Indian birds as you may never have seen them before! In these pages, you can see the details of creatures that otherwise, one might be able to afford only a glimpse of. This book of photographic portraits presents both common and seldom seen birds of the Indian subcontinent in their habitats not just as a way to more clearly identify and hence understand them but also because it recognises the important role that environment plays in their survival."

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Ecology of Houbara Bustard in Punjab and Nag Valley (Balochistan)

Muhamad Nadeem

VDM Verlag

2009

"This describes Ecology of Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis macqueenii) a desert adapted species in Pakistan."

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Common Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

Ananda Banerjee

Rupa and Company

2008

"This field guide, aimed at beginners and hobbyists alike, contains information on how to begin bird watching, including details of the equipment and strategic locations that offer the best views. The descriptions are accompanied by photographs of over two hundred of the most likely encountered bird species in the Indian subcontinent taken by some of the best photographers in the country. Colloquial references to, and Indian names of the birds are strewn throughout for a local flavour while providing key information on how to identify the birds."

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Birds of India and the Indian Subcontinent

Jan Willem den Besten

Mosaic Books

2008

"This book is meant for a wide audience with a general interest in birds. The text is easy to read and covers the main visual identification characteristics of the birds. It describes their calls, typical manners and distribution. Most of the birds are depicted in striking colour photographs. The first chapter introduces the reader to India's wealth of avian species and the variety of landscapes and nature reserves where they are seen."

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About Indian Birds: Including Birds of Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Salim Ali and Laeeq Futehally

Wisdom Tree

2008

"With beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations and lithographs, About Indian Birds is an ideal companion for not just amateur bird-watchers and wildlife enthusiasts but also seasoned ornithologists. The book is ideal for everyone who wishes to enjoy the rich and varied bird-life of India."

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Birds of Prey of the Indian Subcontinent

Rishad Naoroji

Christopher Helm

2006

"A complete guide to the raptors of the Indian subcontinent. Lavishly illustrated with 24 colour plates and around 600 photos, each species is shown in all usual plumage forms, in flight and at rest. The species accounts cover all aspects of field identification, and also include sections on distribution, behaviour, status and population. The Indian subcontinent comprises the countries of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Maldives. This region encompasses a great diversity of habitat types and a full range of altitudinal variation, and has a correspondingly large avifauna. The diurnal birds of prey are well represented - 70 species of hawk, buzzard, kite, harrier, eagle, vulture, falcon and falconet are found in the region. Anyone birding in the Indian subcontinent will find this book an invaluable aid to identifying and understanding the region's diverse raptor avifauna."

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A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India: Including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Amano Samarpan

Wisdom Tree

2006

"Awarded Best Produced Paperback Book of 2006 by the Federation of Indian Publishers, this pocket-sized photographic book makes accurate identification of more common birds in the field possible. The photographs, all taken in the wild and India, clearly show the birds often with a variety of plumages while the text details the life of these colourful creatures. There is also a personal introduction to the experience of birding in India with reference to relevant books and websites. Ideal for any visitor to the Indian subcontinent."

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Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide

Volume 1: Field Guide

Volume 2: Attributes and Status

Pamela C. Rasmussen and John C. Anderton

Lynx Edicions

2005

A two volume work covering over 1500 species recorded in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, the Chagos archipelago and Afghanistan.

Volume one is a field guide with 176 colour plates, 69 of which are by Anderton. The plates are accompanied by brief text to aid identification and range maps.

Volume two comprises mainly detailed species accounts for all species including information on identification, measurements, subspecies, distribution, plumage variation, habits, voice and taxonomy.

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A Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

Bikram Grewal and Otto Pfister

New Holland

2nd edition

2004

"Ideal for the travelling bird watcher, this useful guide provides a comprehensive overview of the wide variety of birdlife to be found in the Himalayan mountains bordering Pakistan, India and Nepal. Over 250 native species are included in the book, each description supported by a clear colour photograph taken where possible in the bird's natural Himalayan habitat. As well as the commoner species likely to be encountered - colourful endemics such as Tragopans, Forktails and Flycatchers - the guide also focuses on some of the rarer, and in some cases highly endangered, species such as the Black-necked Crane."

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Birds of Northern India

Richard Grimmett and Tim Inskipp

Illustrations: Clive Byers, Daniel Cole, John Cox, Gerald Driessens, Carl D'Silva, Martin Elliott, Kim Franklin, Alan Harris, Peter Hayman, Craig Robson, Jan Wilczur, Tim Worfolk

Helm Field Guides

Christopher Helm

2003

"A successor to "Birds of the Indian Subcontinent", by the same authors, this handbook explores the birdlife of northern India and Pakistan. The plates are accompanied by text that highlights the identification, voice, habitat, altitudinal range, distribution and status of the birds. The text is on pages facing the plates for easy reference, and there are distribution maps for every species."

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Birds of Northern India

Richard Grimmett and Tim Inskipp

Illustrations: Clive Byers, Daniel Cole, John Cox, Gerald Driessens, Carl D'Silva, Martin Elliott, Kim Franklin, Alan Harris, Peter Hayman, Craig Robson, Jan Wilczur, Tim Worfolk

Princeton Field Guides

Princeton University Press

2003

"From the wet evergreen forests and alpine peaks of the Himalayas, to the Thar Desert and the vast wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural habitats that stretch to New Delhi and beyond, northern India is a diverse and welcoming paradise for birders and ecotourists. This field guide provides a concise, fully illustrated introduction to the region's known species. Species that occur regularly are illustrated on 120 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India. The illustrations show distinctive sexual and racial variations whenever possible, as well as immature plumages. Succinct entries on the facing pages highlight plumage, body length and other visible identification traits, voice, altitudinal range and habitats, distribution, and status. Thirty-five of the region's species are threatened with global extinction, in particular the White-rumped Vulture, Siberian Crane, Forest Owlet, Pink-headed Duck, and Himalayan Quail. Introductory sections cover the region's geography and ecology, ten choice birdwatching areas among the many in northern India, plus conservation and general birding advice. Unusually detailed distribution maps are also included, and an appendix describes vagrants and rare species."

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A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India: Including Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Bhutan

Bikram Grewal, Bill Harvey and Otto Pfister

Princeton University Press

2003

"This is the most comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of India and the Indian subcontinent. Never before have so many of the region's species been illustrated in one book. The brilliant photographs - most of which appear here for the first time - have been carefully selected to show not only the most common Passerine and non-Passerine species, but also more elusive species and distinctive subspecies. An up-to-date distribution map and a unique code indicating frequency and global status are provided for each of the 668 species covered. The concise text provides vital information on habitats, habits, and voice to ensure accurate identification. Designed for easy use, the book places photos and maps in close proximity to provide an at-a-glance overview for each species. Birds are indexed by both their common and scientific names. This is an essential volume for all birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts as well as for anyone traveling to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Bhutan."

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A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India: Including Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Bhutan

Bikram Grewal, Bill Harvey and Otto Pfister

Christopher Helm

2003

"This guide covers 800 species found in India. Each species description is illustrated with a photograph and distribution map, making this a quick-reference guide in a pocketable format. Introductory sections include general information, such as the biogeography of the region covered."

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Birds of the Indus

Mubashir Hasan

Oxford University Press (India)

2003

"The Indus valley is home to birds of the South Asian subcontinent, East Africa, Europe and much of the rest of Asia. According to T.J. Roberts, the region serves as a great caravan-serai for Eurasian Avifauna travellers. Ornithologists give different figures of the total number of the species of birds in the Indus valley and its adjoining lands. In this book, the author, who, though no specialist, with his passion and love for birds, has attempted to present his rare collection of photographs with a complete description of the birds, their appearance, size, habits and habitat. According to him, birds have been nature's very special gift to our planet and there was a time when man accorded special recognition to birds. Supporting this, he has taken narrated references to human cultural associations with the different species and also written the legends and traditions, particularly folklore, associated with them. The descriptions are accompanied with coloured photographs and vernacular names common to the inhabitants of the valley."

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Field Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

Krys Kazmierczak

Illustrations: Ber van Perlo

Pica Press

2000

"This compact, easy to use guide covers all 1300 species of birds found on the Indian subcontinent. It provides a companion for anyone travelling in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and should also be useful in peripheral regions for which few guides exist."

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Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives

Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp

Princeton Field Guides

Princeton University Press

1999

"From the snowcapped Himalayas and the Indus valley, to the Ganges delta and the Sri Lankan forests, the Indian subcontinent is home to 13% of the world's species of birds and thousands of birders and ecotourists flock to the area every year. This field guide will be indispensable to those who wish to find and identify the many species of avifauna of the Indian subcontinent and environs. Featuring more than 150 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India, it depicts all the known species in the region, ranging from the Himalayan Snowcock in the north to the Sri Lanka Spurfowl in the south. The plates include all relevant identifiable subspecies, as well as ages and sexes. It contains hundreds of range maps and the succinct text on the facing pages covers identification, voice, and distribution. Specially designed for use in the field, it is a compact version of the landmark A Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, hailed on its publication as a "stunning book" that "advanced the cause of Indian birding by 20-30 years." With its modest price, small trim size, and sturdy, weather-resistant binding, this field guide is the one volume that every adventurous traveler to the Indian subcontinent must have."

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Pocket Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp

Christopher Helm

1999 (reprint 2001)

"This is a pocket version companion to "Birds of the Indian Subcontinent" covering all the bird species found in India, Pakistian, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. The plates face the descriptions for quick at-a glance reference. This guide provides tables, summarising identification features of particularly difficult groups such as nightjars, warblers and rosefinches."

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Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp

Helm Identification Guides

Christopher Helm

1998

"A definitive guide to the birds of India, with over one thousand three hundred species listed. The text is accompanied by colour illustrations and line drawings, with notes on identification, habits, and distribution maps for each species."

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A Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives

Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, & Tim Inskipp

With the collaboration of Sarath Kotagama and Shahid Ali

Illustrations: Clive Byers, Daniel Cole, John Cox, Gerald Driessens, Carl D'Silva, Martin Elliott, Kim Franklin, Alan Harris, Peter Hayman, Craig Robson, Jan Wilczur, and Tim Worfolk

Princeton University Press

1998

"Birdwatchers have long waited for a comprehensive and up-to-date identification guide for the Indian subcontinent. This exhaustively researched and beautifully produced book will finally meet that need. Written by three leading experts on the region - Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, and Tim Inskipp - the book provides complete information about the 1,300 species of birds found in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. The guide is firmly rooted in the authors' extensive field experience, reflected in the accuracy and fullness of their bird descriptions. The guide features more than 150 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India that depict all the species in the region, ranging from the Himalayan Snowcock in the north to the Sri Lanka Spurfowl in the south. The plates include all relevant identifiable subspecies, as well as ages and sexes. The text consists of a detailed identification section, discussing the differences between similar species and containing descriptions of vocalizations, habits, habitat, breeding, distribution, and status. There are distributional maps for nearly all species. And the authors' introduction provides useful background information about such subjects as conservation, the history of ornithology on the subcontinent, and the climate. A detailed bibliography provides an introduction to the prolific literature on the subcontinent."

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A Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

Bikram Grewal and Otto Pfister

New Holland

1st edition

1998

"This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the wide variety of birdlife to be found in the Himalayan mountains bordering Pakistan, India and Nepal. Over 250 native species are included in the book and each description is supported by a colour photograph taken, where possible, in the bird's natural Himalayan habitat. As well as the common species likely to be encountered, the guide also focuses on some of the rarer, and in some cases highly endangered, species such as the black-necked crane. Thumbnail silhouettes, identifying visually the different family groups, are shown on the species pages of the guide. These aim to lead the reader quickly to the relevant section of the book. In the introduction, information can also be found on the biology and behaviour of the birds."

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A Pictorial Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley

Illustrations: John Henry Dick

Bombay Natural History Society

Second edition

1996

An edition with revised text.

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Ornithology of the Indian Subcontinent 1872-1992: An Annotated Bibliography

C. Burg, B. Beehler and S. Dillon Ripley

Smithsonian Institution

1994

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The Birds of Pakistan, Volume 2: Passeriformes

T.J. Roberts

Oxford University Press

1991

"This work concludes noted ornithologist Tom Roberts' magnificent survey of the birds of Pakistan. Together with Volume 1, the work covers 660 species, offering detailed descriptions of each, supported by 47 full-page plates and over 100 black and white illustrations drawn by the author. Distribution maps of over 570 species detail wintering or breeding status, and voice descriptions are drawn from the author's own extensive collection of bird recordings made in Pakistan during his 34 years of residence in that country. Each volume contains a bibliography and index.

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The Birds of Pakistan, Volume 1: Regional Studies and Non-passeriformes

T.J. Roberts

Oxford University Press

1991

"The first volume contains much regional background information about zoogeographic influences upon bird distribution in the region, describes the main ecological zones, and has chapters on the contribution of early ornithologists and interaction between birds and man. Each volume contains a bibliography and index. The set is supported by 47 full-color plates and over 100 black and white illustrations, all drawn by the author."

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Breeding Birds of Kashmir

R.S.P. Bates and E.H.N. Lowther

Oxford University Press

1991

A guide that covers more than 150 species to be found in the Kashmir and adjacent areas.

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Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan

Compact Edition

Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley

Illustrations: John Henry Dick

Oxford University Press (India)

Second edition

1987

A single, compact edition of the 10 volume Handbook. This second compact edition incorporated more material from the second edition of the full handbook.

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Field Guide To The Ducks, Geese And Swans Of Pakistan

Mohammad Farooq Ahmed, Ali Ghalib

Zoological Survey Department, Government of Pakistan

1986

A 32 page guide with colour illustrations.

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A Pictorial Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley

Illustrations: John Henry Dick

Bombay Natural History Society

1983

"This unique volume depicts all of the bird species in the Indian subcontinent, systematically organized for easy access and quick reference. The book includes 106 plates, 73 in full color by John Henry Dick, the distinguished illustrator. Concise information concerning status, size, habitat, and distribution of the birds is included. The book also features a "Systematic Index of Families and Species" with notes on the characteristics of each family."

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Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan

Compact Edition

Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley

Illustrations: John Henry Dick

Oxford University Press (India)

1983

A single, compact edition of the 10 volume Handbook. Includes many colour plates produced for this edition and much reduced text. This compact edition incorpoprated material from the first edition of the full Handbook and early volumes of the second edition.

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Birds of India: Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka

Martin Woodcock

Collins

1980

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A Synopsis Of The Birds Of India And Pakistan: Together With Those Of Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan And Ceylon

S. Dillon Ripley

Bombay Natural History Society

1961

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Breeding Birds of Kashmir

R.S.P. Bates and E.H.N. Lowther

Oxford University Press

1952

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