Published by A&C Black in the Helm Field Guides series: January 2009 (Europe and Asia).
Published by Princeton University Press in the Princeton Field Guides series (North America): April 2009.
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985 species are described and illustrated in 236 plates, with from two to six species per plate. In addition, there is a 15 page illustrated key to the families covered, and there are 950 colour maps.
An extensive appendix provides information on the status of all of the species in each of the countries where they occur in the region. A further appendix lists those species thought likely to occur in the future.
The artwork for Birds of East Asia has been created by an international team of artists: Dave Nurney, Per Alström, Carl D'Silva, Martin Elliott, Kim Franklin, Alan Harris, Ren Hathway, Hans Larsson, Derek Onley, Christopher Schmidt, Brian Small, Laurel Tucker, Tim Worfolk and Bill Zetterström.
The maps were created specially for Birds of East Asia by Fergus Crystal, Julie Dando and Mark Brazil.
Glossary & Bibliography
To save space for vital text and artwork, a substantial glossary compiled by James Lambert and an extensive bibliography were omitted from the final published book. They have been made available here so that you can access them in their entirety.
Birds of East Asia
This volume is readily available either directly from A&C Black (Europe & Asia) or Princeton University Press (North America), or via many online distributors including:
The book features cover art of a Steller's Sea Eagle carrying a Walleye Pollock by Alan Harris.
The North American version, with the snazzy black background, seen here, also comes in a sturdy hard cover version.
Here are two sample plates from the thrushes, by Ren Hathway, and from the finches, by Dave Nurney.
Other books by Mark Brazil:
The Birds of Japan (1991)
A Birdwatcher's Guide to Japan (1987) (now an out of print collector's item, some mint copies signed by the author are still available - see below).
Mark's in print books are available by mail order from WildSounds (www.wildsounds.com).
Mark Brazil, author and naturalist, lectures and leads tours in Asia and many other parts of the world for Zegrahm and Eco Expeditions (www.zeco.com).
Mark is the founder of the Hokkaido Nature Network.
Since 1982 he has been Wild Watch columnist for The Japan Times (www.japantimes.co.jp).
A back catalogue of more than 170 of his essays can be found at http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fe-mb-all.html.
If you would like further information, or would like to obtain a copy of A Birdwatcher's Guide to Japan, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org