Over the years, the Handbook has established itself as the most comprehensive and reliable reference work on the birds of the Indian subcontinent. Volume 6, first published in 1971, has been thoroughly revised for this second edition. It includes the latest information on distribution and offers expert accounts on eight newly introduced and six recently amalgamated species. Six full-color plates illustrating 103 forms have been specially commissioned for this edition. Students and researchers in ornithology as well as amateur bird lovers will welcome the second edition of a classic.