A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Indonesia is the best, most comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of Indonesia.
Because of its vast size and geographical location, Indonesia has the world's most diverse avifauna. It boasts of more than 1,600 species—of which 235 rare birds are only found in Indonesia—making it the world's number one travel destination for bird-watching.
This bird field guide covers a total of 912 species, including most of the non-migratory and endemic species that are seen only in Indonesia and a number of threatened and endangered species. A photograph and distribution map is given for each bird. Many new photographs of Indonesian birds appear in this volume for the first time and have been carefully selected to show the important characteristics of each bird. The concise text provide vital information, and an index of common names is provided at the back of the book.
Brand: Tuttle Publishing
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Well, paraphrasing Ronald Reagan, here I go again. Take heart fans of Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia, your book is not the only one for which I've written a less than glowing review. Let me say that this review is from the perspective of a somewhat serious birder. For the positive points, the text is generally quite good especially in highlighting habits of each species covered and the range maps are readable (but, as pointed out by another reviewer, strangely cut off at political borders especially in the cases of New Guinea and Borneo) and where the range is a small island it is noted below the map. The complete checklist at the end of the book is a nice feature which lists all species within the book's coverage and where the species may be encountered along with their endemic and threatened status. Unfortunately the negatives are glaring. Coverage of species and endemic species in particular share top billing. For example, my immediate concern is for Java where for...
Let me begin by saying that I am not a fan of photographic field guides, as opposed to those with hand painted plates. It is simply not possible to select a photograph of every bird that shows the important field marks. That said, I find this an excellent field guide overall. The photographs are, with very few exceptions, excellent, and in some cases outstanding. One of the problems with this kind of guide is finding a suitable photograph for each bird, and the author has done a good job of assembling this collection. I did note that the photo of Nicobar Pigeon, a bird that every Asian birder wants but few have ticked, is represented by a captive photo. Also, the pelagic species seem under-represented to me. If you are flying to Sulewesi, this probably doesn't matter, but if you plan to cruise the islands, as I was, then you have to consider whether to pack an additional guide for sea birds.
When it comes to guides for Indonesia, your selection is limited. Besides this book...
I have both editions of this book, the 2001 Edition of which the 3 prior reviews are based on; and the new 2012 Edition. This new edition is a major upgrade with nearly 250 more species illustrated for a total of 912 species illustrated; and a comprehensive checklist of all 1605 species in Indonesia. With so few field guides currently in print covering this vast archipelago this book and it's compact size make a worthy addition to your collection of books about Indonesian birds.
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