Birds of the Mumbai Region

Birds of the Mumbai Region

Sanjoy Monga
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At the crossroad of two major bio-geographical zones - Western Ghats and Malabar coast – the Mumbai region portrays a wealth of habitats, from forests to grass and scrub, freshwater and coastal wetlands, from sea-level to hills and plateaus, and a wealth of heavily human impacted urban zones. Hardly surprising all of this makes the bird and nature experience here so enriching. Just over 350 species of birds, nearly a quarter of India's avifauna, has been observed here, some of it rarities reported once or twice over the decades. Handy size, compact feel, and yet with 400 pages, this is more than an ordinary bird guidebook. Its faux leather cover, stitched on the sides, gives it a great old world charm. In today’s E-times, the feel of an old world charm and real paper in a a real formidable book if one may say, can seem so genuine, even rare, as compared to an App that is not without its many limitations. Nearly all species known to occur or reported in the region find mention, with up to date information on most. More than 675 colour photographs depict nearly all of the species, often using varying light and angle photographs to convey the variations and difficulties in sightings certain birds. Open any page and you will not miss the several novel design inputs. Besides the key identification features made easier, there is plenty of other information packed in an appealing design layout.