A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and North-East Asia


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Tadao Shimba

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Encompassing a spectacular variety of environments—from boreal areas to subtropical islands, from dense woodlands to open seas—Japan is home to a rich array of bird species. This up-to-date and brilliantly photographed guide covers nearly 600 species of birds found in Japan and north-east Asia, including resident and migrant species as well as vagrants that are seen with some regularity. Any visitor with an interest in locating, identifying, or photographing birds will find this book an indispensable companion when traveling in the region.

 Succinct entries for each species describe important identification features, various plumages, how to distinguish similar species, and where, when, and how frequently to expect sightings. Each entry includes one or more superb photographs and a user-friendly range map.

Featured in this guide:
· Key facts for identifying nearly 600 bird species found in Japan, Korea, north-east China, and the Russian far east
· Over 1500 superb color photographs of wild birds
· Information on a wide range of avian habitats, including alpine areas, coastal waters, tidal flats, mixed and evergreen forests, wetlands, cultivated fields, and urban areas
· An overview of conservation issues

Christopher Helm/A&C Black

Tadao Shimba is an internationally respected birder and natural history photographer. He has recorded many rare birds and frequently contributes photographs and birding accounts to field guides and magazines. He lives in Battle Creek, MI.

“This is the first photographic field guide for Japan and north-east Asia, and those who plan to study birdlife there will welcome the book’s concise, informative approach.”—Noble S. Proctor, co-author of A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife and Manual of Ornithology

"This is an especially good guide to study before going into the field or to use to learn about Japan's bird life."—Wildlife Activist

"A remarkable achievement. . . . For each species, photographer and birder Shimba provides one to five photographs, a regional distribution map, and text that briefly but adequately details the general range, status in Japan, and diagnostic features. Where appropriate, it compares this bird with similar look-alike species. The writing is clear and succinct. . . . Travelers to the region will want to carry a copy of this with them."—Choice 
ISBN: 9780300135565
Publication Date: March 3, 2008
Publishing Partner: Christopher Helm/A&C Black
504 pages, 5 x 7 1/2
1350 color illus. + 554 maps

Sales Restrictions: For sale in the U.S., its dependencies, Canada, South America, and the Philippine Islands only