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could anyone suggest a comprehensive,but pocket sized book on bird identification

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Old Saturday 10th July 2004, 19:17   #1
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could anyone suggest a comprehensive,but pocket sized book on bird identification

I require a quality book on british bird i.d,preferably photo i,d pocket sized,any recomendations.thanks
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Old Saturday 10th July 2004, 19:37   #2
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Hi Loner,

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Hard to balance the two - but if the pocket is reasonably large, it has to be the Collins Bird Guide (Mullarney, Svensson, Zetterström & Grant). Fairly chunky (20cm x 14 cm x 3cm) but worth every penny

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Is Your pocket Collins Bird Guide -sized? If so, Collins (Mullarney-Svensson-Zetterstrom) it shall be.
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What do you mean by comprehensive?

Do you mean any bird that could possibly turn up in Britain ? See the above or perhaps the one by Heinzel which is not nearly as good but is a little smaller.

or any bird you are likely to see without twitching?

When I'd go for the Pocket Guide to the Birds of Britain and Northwest Europe by Kightley et al

If you really must have a photo guide then the new Collins Complete British Birds by Paul Sterry. I still prefer illustrations.
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I agree with Michael and Karwin. Although the illustrations are not photographs, they are first class.
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Few photo guides really show the vital features on birds... and few show all the different plumage variations. It has to be Collins. (Buy bigger pockets if necessary.)
If you cannot afford bigger pockets, I like the RSPB book of British Birds by Peter Holden and JTR Sharrock, beautifully illustrated by Hilary Burn. But in my copy the distribution maps are all mixed up (did you know that kestrels were summer visitors and that golden eagles occur in most English counties!)
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