Princeton University Press, October 2014. 528 pages, paperback, 111 plates by John Anderton and Szabolcs Kokay, 635 colour distribution maps, 4 colour maps, 1 colour table.
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.