As the beginner birdwatcher learns to identify more birds, there is often a need for a simple pocket guide that lists the common species of the region in a portable format that can be easily carried in the field. This is especially needed for children who may be confused by the comprehensive and often bulky field guides.
NCF have produced a range of pocket guides for different regions to fill this need. The pocket guides fold into a size of 3.5″ x 8.5″ and are laminated for protection. Illustrations are shown for around 135-140 species in each, with winter migrants and selected other features (eg. Western Ghats or endemic species) marked separately. There are 10 panels with bird illustrations, and for ease of reference, the featured species have been divided into 5-6 categories based on habitat (eg. Wetland Birds) and behaviour (eg. Ground-feeding Birds).
Versions currently available include English language pocket guides (Peninsular India, Spiti/Ladakh, Andaman&Nicobar Islands) as well as bilingual pocket guides in Kannada, Malayalam or Tamil as appropriate (Birds of Karnataka, Birds of Cauvery/MM Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Birds of Kerala, and Birds of Tamil Nadu). The illustrations in all versions have been used with permission from “Birds of the Indian Subcontinent” by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp.
Bulk order of NCF pocket guides (in multiples of 50 copies) can be ordered at this link. Bulk orders for larger quantities may be emailed to us at <[email protected]>
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