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The Birds of Wallacea: An Annotated Checklist Paperback – 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: British Ornithologists' Union (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090744606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907446064
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,297,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Holloway on September 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Basics: 1997, hardcover, 535 pages, 64 color plates, 700 species, no range maps

Two things make this a good book to have. One, it has good color plates with decent accompanying text and, two, it is nearly the only book available for this region of Indonesia. Located south of the Philippines and between Borneo and New Guinea, the area of Wallacea is comprised of the island groups of Sulawesi, Moluccas, and Lesser Sundas. This is an exciting birding area with over 250 endemic species.

Not quite a field guide due to its larger size, this book will still need to accompany you on any birding trip to this region. The only other relevant book is authored by Strange, which covers less than half of the Indonesian birds.

The 64 color plates illustrate all 700 species in this area. Each plate has 7-16 species, illustrated with 10-35 different illustrations. Some of these plates are crowded (e.g., ducks, raptors). With so many illustrations, many of them are a little on the small side. As for artwork, these illustrations are good but not great. The selection of poses and plumages is typically limited to just a male and female. Subspecies are infrequently shown. Except for the seabirds, raptors, and swifts, nearly all the birds are shown in only a perched position. These limitations will definitely be noticeable when looking at any of the warblers or dark-eyes, which are usually shown with only one plumage.

A nice addition to the text that accompanies the plates is a set of codes designating the status of the birds. A capital "E" denotes the bird being endemic to Wallacea.

The text is split into two parts. Adjacent to the plates are the descriptions of the birds. This is typically brief (3-11 lines).
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Format: Paperback
The previous review is a mistake, clearly not referring to the White & Bruce Checklist, but to the Coates et. al. Field Guide, also out of print (and used copies going for $400 - $7000!) The checklist is fine, but no plates, only text, with extensive details about subspecies and ranges. Given that it's almost 30 years old, few will be interested in that.
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