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Birds of Melanesia

…fit for purpose!

Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia by Guy Dutson - Christopher Helm | 2011 | Softcover | 2011 | ISBN: 9780713665406 | 447 Pages | 75 colour plates | colour photos | colour maps | b/w illustrations & tables

What the publisher says:

This new Helm Field Guide covers the species-rich Melanesia region of the south-west Pacific, from New Caledonia and the Solomons through the Bismarks to Vanuatu, a popular destination for tours and travellers and one that has never before had field-guide coverage. The cover star is the Kagu, the region's most iconic bird species (being a family all be itself) and a highly sought-after endemic of New Caledonia. Superb colour plates illustrate the 650 species that occur in the region, allied with concise identification text and a series of distribution colour bars. For anyone travelling to this far-flung Pacific region, this book is indispensible.

Author

Guy Dutson is an ornithologist and tour-leader, and is the world's leading authority on the birds of the southwest 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. Expeditions to Indonesia and the Philippines led to the rediscovery of the Tanahjampea Monarch and the find for which he is perhaps best known, the Cebu Flowerpecker. In 2008 Dutson described a new species, the Vanikoro White-eye.Fatbirder View:

I’m not going to re-iterate nor bore you with flowery praise – this is what it is – a field guide and 100% fit for purpose. The illustrations are clear and crisp and many of those taken from other guides have been re-touched as necessary by the original artists, some of whom are among my favourite illustrators.

The facing plates are brief but sufficient and add to each species distribution by codes and colour coded by season – you you can, at a glance, see if it occurs where you are at the time you are there or intend to be.

It is a tad weighty for the pocket but such a sensible grouping for travelers cannot avoid this and its still within the realms of portable.

In short it’s a standard work in waiting.

Fatbirder

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