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Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan Paperback – January 7, 2010


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Beaufoy Publishing (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906780102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906780104
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,874,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lists all 669 Borneo bird species plus distribution maps, including 51 endemics

More than 2,000 full color bird images plus seven habitat plates and 8 fast find identification plates to the birds of Kinabalu and elsewhere

Borneo's 130 birding sites fully described, with 12 regional maps

Borneo is the most bio-divers place on Earth

Borneo is the world's third largest island- it is 13, 440 feet above sea level --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Quentin Phillipps was born in Sandakan, Sabah and has been interested in the wildlife and natural history of Sabah all his life. Educated at Sabah College, Bedales and Kings College Cambridge, at age 17 he won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (junior section) for the first-ever photograph of a nesting Chestnut-headed Thrush (taken at Poring).

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jack Holloway on February 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Basics: 2010, 368pages, softcover; 141 good color plates of all 660+ species found on Borneo, 11 pages and 11 maps show 100+ birding sites; brief text covers identification, song and range; natural history notes scattered throughout the book

This is another nice book to add to the few that cover all the birds on the island of Borneo. Like the recently published "A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo" by Myers, this new book by Phillipps focuses on just those 660+ birds found on Borneo. These are shown with about 2,000 different illustrations, with a greater number dedicated to the non-passerines. The shorebirds and raptors receive a greater proportion of illustrations.

To clarify "new", this book is actually a combination of newly created plates plus older plates taken from "A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali". This source book from 1993 was also illustrated by Phillipps. In all, only 55 (40%) of the 141 plates are new. The remaining plates use the same illustrations and poses pulled directly from the older book. A few new illustrations are sometimes injected amongst the old illustrations. The older plates have been slightly modified. Some have the illustrations enlarged by about 30%. Others have undergone minor touch-ups with coloration or background. As an example, the stick on which the Scarlet Minivet is perched now sports a little bit of dangling moss versus the original bare branch. Another difference is many of the birds in the older plates have been rearranged into two or three plates, which allows for larger illustrations of each bird.

Except for a few plates, the artwork is very good and does a nice job at showing the plumage details and patterns as well as the bird's posture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike "Madbirder" Nelson on August 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a review of the second edition of this book. Below is my review from the first edition which still holds true but with a few notes on the second edition differences. There are some great updates to the first edition. Several of the plates have been updated noticeably including the Spiderhunters, Blue Flycatchers, Trogons, Hornbills, Broadbills and several plates include food flowers and fruits preferred by the species. New taxonomic information has been included as well as info about the newly discovered Spectacled Flowerpecker. There is also a new birding site map to go with the 12 from the first edition along with more updated information. Also the introduction to birding in Borneo has more updated information and the habitat pages denote endemics with a red star. The endemics page loses the facing plate of Bald-headed Laughingthrush and is replaced with a fabulous plate of Spectacled Flowerpecker with it's inclusion in the islands now 52 endemics. This really is now leaps and bounds ahead of anything else for the island, this goes beyond being just a bird guide to Borneo and into a birding guide to Borneo, you'll find yourself not just enjoying the fantastic plates but absorbing the ornithological history, fauna and an insight of the island along the way, essential!

Review of first edition:(with notes on second edition)

Typical, you wait for a guide to come out then two come at once. I found out this was coming out from my guide in Borneo in 2009 and quickly tracked it down once it was available and I'm glad I did. I had taken Mackinnon and Phillipps Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali (link below) with me and this did quite well but having a Borneo specific guide would have been better. This is a vast improvement over the old guide.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By updog247 on October 27, 2011
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I purchased this book last year and it was a great companion for a trip to Borneo Malaysia. Very informative. The layout is nice and the other information is invaluable.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hargrove VINE VOICE on October 24, 2012
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I loved this book, but I recommend the guide by Susan Myers Birds of Borneo: Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak, and Kalimantan (Princeton Field Guides) for the trip.

This is a fascinating book for study, with several interesting discussions of the history of Borneo ornithology and other tidbits scattered around the text.

I highly recommend this as a good study before you take a trip to Borneo, but the Myers guide is somewhat better to take into the field. It is smaller and easier to pack, and has better illustrations (in my opinion) and a newer taxonomy.

Both guides are excellent.
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