Re: North-east India

To: <>, "Hugo Phillipps" <>
Subject: Re: North-east India
From: "Muir Environmental" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 09:50:11 +0800
Hi Hugo

Further to Philip Hansbro's message in which he suggests Grimmett et al;
and Kazmierczak and Singh as good references, here are a few more
possibilities.  They are at various levels of detail, and price, but could
be of use.  All the authors are well known in their field.

Grewal, B. (1995). A Photographic Guide to Birds of India and Nepal. New
Holland: London. Photos with species description, and broad distribution
maps.  Is one of a series of (almost) pocket-sized Photographic Guides that
include parts of South-east Asia, and Australia.  I bought it in Jakarta.

Grewal, B., Sunjoy Monga and Wright, G. (1993). Birds of India, Bangladesh,
Nepal, Pakistan and Shri Lanka: a photographic guide. Guidebook Co.: Hong
Kong. Photos: no illustration for some species.  Discusses food, voice,
range and habitat.  No distribution maps.  Was $30 from Andrew Isles

Woodcock, M. (1995). Collins Birds of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh
and Sri Lanka. HarperCollins: London.  Drawings with limited species
discussion.  No distribution maps.  Probably intended more for the hobby
birder, with limited detail.  Martin Woodcock was the illustrator for King,
et al - Birds of South-east Asia Field Guide..... From Andrew Isles Bkshop.

The above three are all soft cover.

Two hard covers include:
Ali, S. (1996). The Book of Indian Birds.  Bombay Natural Hist. Soc. 
Oxford Univ. Press: Oxford.  Plates pages with separate species description
that includes size comparison, field characters distribution, habits, food,
call, nesting, etc.
Was $55 from Andrew Isles Bkshop April 1997.

Ali, S and Ripley, S.D. (1995).  A Pictorial Guide to the Birds of the
Indian Subcontinent.  Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc.  Oxford Univ. Press: Oxford. 
Plates pages with brief species description opposite; and systematic index
of families and species at front of book with very general Family
descriptions.  Was $80 from Andrew Isles Bkshop in April 1997.

Hope this helps.

Jennifer Muir

> From: Hugo Phillipps <>
> To: 
> Subject: RFI: North-east India
> Date: Thursday, 14 January 1999 23:49
> Hi everybody -
> Hoping somebody has good recent knowledge or suggestions and can help out
> A good friend of BA, Lee Duclos, is planning to visit north-eastern India
> soon and would appreciate information on good places to visit for birds
> other wildlife, plus other useful information about access, reserves,
> travel tips, the best field guides etc.  He is not afraid of roughing it
> some extent.
> If the info is of general interest, you might post it to the list.  You
> also send it me, or to Lee directly at <> - he
> not subscribed to Birding-Aus at present.
> Thanks,
> Hugo.
> Hugo Phillipps,
> Birds Australia Conservation & Liaison,
> Australian Bird Research Centre,
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