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Birds of New Guinea: Including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville

Birds of New Guinea: Including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville

Phil Gregory

1534+ colour illustrations, 864 colour distribution maps. Covers 933+ species including 472 endemics. Price to be confirmed.

This is the first field guide to cover the entire region, including West Papua (the Indonesian half of the main island), The Bismarck Archipelago of New Britain, New Ireland and Manus, plus Bougainville as well as mainland Papua New Guinea. It will be the most comprehensive field guide to the region using the latest taxonomy, with illustrations of all species including many extra plates covering little-known plumages and newly split species. The range maps have also been updated using the latest information available and this has already been reflected in the revised distribution maps in HBW Alive.

'Birds of New Guinea' is very much a field guide as opposed to a handbook, so most species have around 250 words, and taxonomic variation is covered within the summaries. Taxonomy follows HBW/BirdLife for non-passerines, as a part of Birds of New Guinea of new field guides which will all use this template, but for passerines we have endeavoured to flag changes in status where appropriate and to indicate likely splits in a region that already has over 450 endemics.

The author, Phil Gregory, is well-known birder, tour guide and long time New Guinea resident and visitor and is one of the most experienced field birders in the region.

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