- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Helm; UK ed. edition (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713651644
- ISBN-13: 978-0713651645
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,66,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Birds of Southern India (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – 2005
Save Extra with 1 offer
- Cashback (4): Amazon Assistant: Rs 100 cashback on purchase of Rs 499 or more on Amazon Assistant. Click Here.(Valid only on purchases made on desktop/PC). Offer ends 26 Sep. Cashback in 10 days. Here's how
- Go Cashless: Get 10% cashback up to Rs. 50 using BHIM UPI (available only on mobile app/website) or RuPay cards. Offer period 1st September to 30th September. Cashback will be credited as Amazon Pay balance within 15 days from purchase. Here's how
- Go Cashless: Get 10% cashback up to Rs. 100 using Visa debit card, credit card or ATM card. Only on your first 2 cashless orders on Amazon.in (including mobile recharges and bill payments). Offer period 4th Sep to 30th Sep. Cashback within 10 days. Here's how
- Go Cashless: Get 10% cashback up to Rs. 100 using Visa Signature or Visa Infinite cards. Offer valid only once per customer (including mobile recharges and bill payments). Offer period: 11th Sep to 24th Sep. Cashback within 10 days. Here's how
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
'the ideal travelling companion for any birding trip to peninsular India' Birding World
About the Author
RG and TI are both field ornithologists with a particular interest in the Subcontinent. Previous books include Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, Field Guide to the Birds of Northern India and others.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
softcover; field guide contains 87 good quality color plates of 600+ species found in the southern half of India; a brief amount of text offers a description of each bird and sometimes notes on habitat and vocalizations; no range maps
This southern guide is a trimmed down offshoot of the author's previous and much larger work: A Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. This reduced version for southern India is a true field guide-sized book that focuses on just those birds found in India's six southernmost states; in other words, all of India south of Mumbai (aka, Bombay).
The 600+ species found in the south are illustrated quite well in 87 plates. Most of the birds are shown with multiple plumages when significant differences exist between genders, age, or subspecies. These illustrations are good enough to identify most species and will be helpful for even the more difficult families with look-alike species. Each plate contains 4-10 species, made up of 9-30 illustrations. Some of the plates, especially the raptors and shorebirds, are notably congested with 25-30 illustrations of perched and flying birds. This higher count of illustrations causes many of the birds to appear a bit small. Fortunately, this does not negatively affect the identification.
The text is the weaker part of this book, which is true for each of its sister-books (Northern, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan). Each bird receives just 3-15 lines across from the plate to describe it. There is no other text or information provided. This text may not always be sufficient to differentiate between many of the more similar birds; thus, there will be a higher reliance on the plates. Sometimes an additional line or two is offered about the bird's habitat or distribution. The raptors receive the most coverage while the passerines receive the least (e.g., just 3-4 lines). There is only the sparsest of information given for vocalizations on some of the birds. There are also no range maps.
To help supplement the relatively thin text on identification, seven tables are included as appendices in the back of the book. These tables provide a comparison list of the more difficult bird groups such as nightjars, warblers, and the Yellow Wagtail subspecies. This information gives some very useful plumage details that should be examined.
This guide will serve you well in southern India and is probably the second-best option, aside from the author's parent-book Birds of India. Another superior but more expensive book is Birds of South Asia by Rasmussen.
If you're looking at other titles by the authors, (Grimmett & Inskipp) keep in mind this southern guide is a sister-work of the northern guide, which each come from the combined (but still condensed) Birds of India. These three books share many of the same plates and text. The combined larger version includes range maps for all the birds of the country. Basically, if you own Birds of India, you already own everything in this southern book. As another comment, these three books all come from the aforementioned larger work that has everything along with extensive, in-depth text. -- (written by Jack at Avian Review with sample pages, September 2008)