For birders, Vietnam is unquestionably one of the key countries in Asia. While its avifauna of just in excess of 900 species is rather overshadowed numerically by some of its near neighbours, especially China and Thailand, ten of these are found nowhere else on Earth and another 27 are almost endemic to the country. Among these are several species new to science discovered at the end of the 20th century, like Chestnut-eared and Golden-winged Laughingthrushes, or species rediscovered after long periods without records, such as the enigmatic Grey-crowned Crocias, all of them the result of a renewed wave of ornithological exploration in the decades since the end of the Vietnam War. This field guide, the first uniquely dedicated to the country’s rich birdlife, describes all recorded species in text and illustrations, with distribution maps for all except vagrants.
- Taxonomy follows the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World.
- Detailed texts covering status, habitat and behaviour, age, sex and geographical variation, voice, and confusion species.
- Over 1900 illustrations covering all species and distinctive subspecies, birds in flight, males and females, juveniles and non-breeding plumages, where appropriate.
- QR code for each species, linked to complementary audiovisual material.
- More than 870 full-colour range maps for all species other than vagrants.
- Well-marked subspecies groups receive full accounts, and the distributions of subspecies breeding in the region are clearly mapped.
- Local species name included.
- 916 species; 46 endemics or near-endemics, 2 introduced, 73 vagrants.
- c. 1900 illustrations and over 870 distribution maps.
Checklist with full taxonomy and list of species:
Download the Checklist of the Birds of Vietnam as a PDF file, specially prepared by Richard Craik and Lê Quý Minh, the authors of the guide. You will find checkboxes to register your sightings, as well as invaluable information, such as the local hotspots where you’ll find the most sought-after birds.
Hanno Stamm –
I have lived and birded for a while now and this book is welcome and long-awaited addition to field guides for Vietnam. Much more up-to-date than Robson, well laid out, informative, and accurate. The use of QR codes is novel and works well, network permitting. A must-have for any visitor or anyone interested in Vietnam’s amazing avifauna.
Chris (verified owner) –
An excellent and detailed guide written by experienced and knowledgeable authors. As a long-term resident of Vietnam, this book fills a much-needed void in a country that often gets overlooked, despite having an incredible amount of bird species and diversity.