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Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds (Helm Identification Guide)Artist/Author: Gregory, Phil (Author), Richard Allen (Illustrator)
For any naturalist, the name ‘New Guinea’ conjures up one group of animals above all others – the sensational birds of paradise, renowned for their dazzling and diverse plumages. Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds, the first comprehensive monograph to the group this century, also includes the bower birds, a group that extends into Australia that is perhaps best known for the males’ construction of ‘bowers’, structures of twigs and sticks used to tempt in females.
This Helm Identification Guide covers the taxonomy, biology and conservation of these birds in great detail, including a series of plates packed with beautiful illustrations from Richard Allen, and hundreds of photographs covering the full range of racial and age-related plumage variety.
The product of almost two decades of research and scholarship and a must-have book for anyone interested in these stunning birds, this will remain the standard reference on birds of paradise for many years to come.
Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and WallaceaArtist/Author: Eaton, James A, Bas van Balen, Nick W Brickle, Frank E Rheindt
The first ornithological field guide covering the vast chain of the Indonesian archipelago, with over 2,500 illustrations, describes all 1,417 bird species known to occur in the region, including 601 endemics, 98 vagrants, eight introduced species and 18 species yet to be formally described. Together these represent over 13% of global bird diversity. In addition, all subspecies from the region are described.
Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago fully encompasses the biogeographic regions of the Greater Sundas (Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali) and Wallacea (Sulawesi, the Moluccas and the Lesser Sundas), plus all satellite islands. This region spans an arc of over 4,000 km along the Equator, including Brunei, East Timor, the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak and most of the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.
The authors’ vast experience and knowledge of the region’s birds brings together the latest taxonomic insights, knowledge of distribution, field identification features, vocalisations and more to create an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in the avifauna of this fabulously diverse region.
Birds of Paradise: paradisaeidaeArtist/Author: Frith, Clifford B (Author), Bruce M Beehler(Author), William T Cooper(Illustrator), Sir David Attenborough(Foreword)
This is the first comprehensive, up-to-date monograph on the behaviour, biology, ecology, biogeography and natural history of the most ornate and dramatic group of birds on earth. Following the other volumes in the series the illustrations are first-rate. The 15 colour plates, by the artist William Cooper, depict all 42 species, while the line drawings illustrate many behavioural traits never before recorded.
Birds of New Guinea Including Bismarck Archipelago and BougainvilleArtist/Author: Gregory, Phil
This is the first field guide to cover the entire New Guinea region, comprising Indonesian West Papua (including the West Papuan Islands, Geelvink Bay Islands and Aru Islands) and Papua New Guinea and its associated islands, the Bismarcks and Bougainville.
All of the 943 species known to occur are covered, including the extraordinarily high total of 456 endemics, as well as 5 introduced species, 2 species yet to be formally described and a separate appendix with 75 vagrants. Subspecies are listed also to give a comprehensive overview of the remarkable regional avifauna.
New Guinea is the second largest island in the world and many of its ecosystems are as yet relatively intact. There are 7 endemic families, and the region is the major centre of diversity for pigeons and doves, kingfishers, parrots, honeyeaters and birds of paradise, with an astonishing diversity and morphological variation and including some of the most sought-after species in the world.
The author has over 25 years experience in the region, living there for some 7 years and travelling widely on birding and research trips, which has given him valuable experience and insight into the avifauna that he has shared with hundreds of people over the years. The artists from Lynx Edicions have worked on many new and revised plates, which give an excellent visual coverage of the avifauna, with over 1780 illustrations. The taxonomy is up-to-date and the distribution maps have been carefully prepared and revised, whilst field identification and vocalizations are a major interest and should make this book an essential and compact reference companion to anyone birding in the region.
Covers 943 species, 456 endemics, 5 introduced species, 75 vagrants and 2 undescribed species.
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of Malaysia: Including Sabah and Sarawak (Third Edition)Artist/Author: Davison, G. W. H. and Yeap Chin Aik
This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen in Malaysia (including the state of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from some of Malaysias top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, length, plumage, distribution, habits and habitat.
The user-friendly introduction covers climate, vegetation, biogeography, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the birds of Malaysia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific names as well as Malay names, its status in each state as well as its global status.
Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary BirdsArtist/Author: Laman, Tim and Edwin Scholes.
Photographer Tim Laman is the first person to photograph all bird of paradise species and probably also the first person to see all species in the wild. Legendary naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace once observed, “The bird of paradise really deserves its name and must be ranked as one of the most beautiful and most wonderful of living things.” In this dazzling photographic essay, Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes explain why, presenting gorgeous full-colour photographs of all 39 species of the Birds of paradise that highlight their unique and extraordinary plumage and mating behaviour. The authors take you into the depths of the remote New Guinea rainforest to find each of these birds, some of which have never before been photographed. In pursuit, the authors pose answers to questions raised by eminent evolutionary biologists such as Ernst Mayr: “How can natural selection favour, one might almost say permit, the evolution of such conspicuously bizarre plumes and displays? How can it permit such ‘absurd exaggerations’, as one is almost tempted to call them? How can it happen that apparently closely related species and genera differ so drastically in their habits and colorations?” Field notes, conservation success stories, and observations of native peoples’ interactions with these magnificent birds provide a rich feast for birders, naturalists, and any one who is seduced by the power and majesty of the natural world.
Birds of New Guinea (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Pratt, Thane K. and Bruce M. Beehler.
This is the long awaited completely revised edition of the field guide to the birds of New Guinea. The world’s largest tropical island, New Guinea boasts a spectacular avifauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as an exceptionally diverse assemblage of songbirds such as the iconic birds of paradise and bowerbirds. New Guinea is on the bucket list of all serious birdwatchers. This field guide is the only such book to cover all 780 recorded bird species, with updated species accounts and new information about identification, voice, habits, and range. A must-have for everyone from Eco tourists to field researchers, Birds of New Guinea will be the indispensable guide for the diverse birds of this remarkable region.
780 bird species, including 366 endemics.
111 stunning colour plates, twice the number of the first edition.
Expanded and updated species accounts provide details on identification, voice, habits, and range 635 range maps.
Revised classification based on the latest research.
AUTHORS: Thane K. Pratt is wildlife biologist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center and a conservationist of birds of the tropical Pacific. He is the lead editor of Conservation Biology of Hawaiian Forest Birds. Bruce M. Beehler is an ornithologist in the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and a tropical ecologist with interests in the birds and rainforests of the Asia-Pacific region. He is the author of Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest.
ARTISTS: John Anderton illustrated Birds of south Asia (first published 2005). Hungarian artist Szabolcs Kókay is a talented natural history and bird book illustrator with ten European titles to his name. He has bird watched extensively in New Guinea to research the illustrations for this book.
Birds and Bird Lore of Bougainville and the North SolomonsArtist/Author: Hadden, Don.
This book describes and illustrates the birds of the North Solomons Province of Papua New Guinea. Highlights include 199 colour photographs and 25 paintings illustrating 142 species, some birds and plumages for the first time, including all of the region’s endemic and near-endemic birds. Accounts of all 188 species reliably recorded in the region up to July 2004, provide plumage descriptions and information on voice, habitat, habits, status and distribution. Also includes a checklist of the birds of the North Solomons, comprising lists for Bougainville and other islands.