Helm/Bloomsbury Publishing, January 2012. 448 pages, 72 colour plates, Octavo, paperback, maps.
Covers the species rich Melanesia region of the south-west Pacific, from New Caledonia and the Solomons through the Bismarcks to Vanuatu. The superb colour plates illustrate the 650 species that occur in that region, allied with concise identification text and a series of distribution colour bars. The Kagu, endemic to New Caledonia is featured.
Guy Dutson is an ornithologist and tour-leader, and is the world’s leading authority on the birds of the south-west Pacific, a region in which he has described or rediscovered several species. He has led expeditions to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, in the course of which he rediscovered the Superb pitta on Manus.