PART ONE - INTRODUCTORY SECTION; AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INTRODUCTION TO REGION; HISTORY OF ORNITHOLOGY IN CHINA; AVIAN BIOGEOGRAPHY OF REGION; CONSERVATION; FIELD TECHNIQUES FOR BIRDWATCHING; ANATOMY AND PLUMAGE OF A BIRD; GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED; PART TWO - SPECIES DESCRIPTIONS; PART THREE - APPENDICES: 1. LIMITED DISTRIBUTION BIRDS OF ENDEMIC BIRD AREAS; 2. LISTS OF THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES OF CHINA; 3. LIST OF BIRDS OF NORTH ARUNACHEL PRADESH NOT DESCRIBED IN BOOK; 4. LIST OF BIRDS EXPECTED ON SPRATLY ISLANDS NOT DESCRIBED IN BOOK; 5. LIST OF CLUBS AND JOURNALS FOR THE AREA; 6. CHINESE NAMES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX AND SYNONYMS
John MacKinnon is Professor of Biodiversity Information at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. He is currently posted in the Philippines as head of a European Union project to set up an ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation. He is Chairman of a Special Biodiversity Working Group that advises the Chinese Government on biodiversity matters, and formerly spent eight years living in China and Hong Kong working on a number of conservation projects in China. Apart from many technical reports on China he has published two other books on the country - Wild China and A Photoguide to the Birds of China. Among several other books on natural history of Asia, he is also the senior author of A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali which remains the standard bird guide to the Greater Sunda Islands.
'This book would get the thumbs up even if there was an alternative available' Birdwatching ...a much needed addition to the world of birding fieldguides, which will immediately be welcomed, not just for being there, but also for having excellent clear illustrations. good clean distribution maps (thanks to David MacKinnon) and well written and comprehensive text. Fatbirder, birding reviews, November 2007