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Birds of New Guinea: Including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville

Birds of New Guinea: Including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville

Phil Gregory

1780+ colour illustrations, 867 colour distribution maps. Covers 943 species including 472 endemics.

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 is 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, 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 has over 25 years experience in the region, living there for some 7 years and travelling widely on birding and research trips, which has given him valuable experience and insight into the avifauna that he has shared with hundreds of people over the years. The artists from Lynx Edicions have worked on many new and revised plates, which give an excellent visual coverage of the avifauna, with over 1780 illustrations. The taxonomy is up-to-date and the distribution maps have been carefully prepared and revised, whilst field identification and vocalizations are a major interest and should make Birds of New Guinea an essential and compact reference companion to anyone birding in the region. 464 pages.

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