Helm, January 2011. 760 pages, Octavo, paperback, 121 colour plates, distribution maps.
This is a major identification guide to the songbirds of South America. No other single volume guide exists for passerines (though there is a single-volume guide for non-passerines from Collins publishers). There are still large areas of South America without a comprehensive field guide, so this book is essential for anyone birding in these areas (e.g. Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay). This authoritative text covers almost 2,000 species and contains 121 colour plates. Maps for every species appear opposite the plates for easy reference. This is a single-volume guide to South American passerines, based on a two-volume work first published in 1989 and 1994. For the new edition, the text has been condensed, most of the missing species that were not illustrated before have now been painted, and brand new maps have been compiled for every species.