Despite these losses, there are plenty of fantastic destinations and birds to see in Thailand. Indeed, recent splits have resulted in two ‘new’ Thai endemics: Turquoise-throated Barbet Psilopogon chersonesus (split from Blue-throated Barbet P. asiaticus) and Rufous Limestone-babbler Turdinus calcicola (split, along with Greyish Wren-babbler T. crispifrons from Limestone Wren-babbler). Altogether, 20 species are considered to be endemic or near-endemic.
As with Robson’s South-east Asia guide, and other guides published by Lynx, the text font is very small. Some users may find this a nuisance in poor light conditions, but presumably this is necessary if all of the text is to appear opposite the plates in a book of this size.
In all, there are nearly 2,200 illustrations, mostly originating in the Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) series, and a total of 30 artists contributed to this guide. The illustrations are pleasing to look at, and most seem to be sufficient for identifying the birds that they depict. With so many artists, the style and quality of the illustrations vary significantly, although this doesn’t necessarily matter. What is perhaps more important to point out is that the illustrations are not always shown to the same scale on the same plate. For example, on one plate, several species of partridge are shown to be almost as large as a female Green Peafowl Pavo muticus, which is clearly not correct. This could easily be rectified with a simple line indicating a difference in scale.
Furthermore, it is a pity that some very similar looking species do not appear on the same plate, which seems rather odd. These include Greater White-fronted and Eastern Greylag Geese, Double Zitting and Golden-headed Cisticolas, Horsfield’s and Abbott’s Babblers; Yellow-browed and Mandelli's Leaf Warblers and Radde's and Dusky Warbler., whilst Martens’s, Grey-cheeked and Grey-crowned Warblers appear on a different plate to the extremely similar Alström’s and Bianchi’s Warblers.