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Birds of the Solomons, Vanuatu & New Caledonia Paperback – December, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: Helm Field Guides
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black; First Edition edition (December 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071364690X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713646900
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,750,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent, one-of-a-kind field guide. Not since the 1940s has any book on this area of the Pacific appeared, let alone such a beautiful, usable field guide. The illustrations, maps and text are both accurate and up-to-date. The authors, highly reputable ornithologists of international stature, are to be congratulated on their efforts in this little-known area of the Pacific, historically and currently beset with political strife.
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Melanesia is one of my favourite parts of the world, home to beautiful, largely unspoilt islands and unique fauna.

This being the only field guide to the birds of 3 of the Melanesian countries, it was a must have on my recent trip there, and it proved invaluable indeed. It is comprehensive, covering all species known to occur in the region covered, and in fact it allowed me to identify most birds I have seen. Although a few illustrations are poor, even hindering correct id'ing (hence the 4 stars), most were found to be pretty good.

Maps and text are placed opposite the colour plates, which is handy for quickly seeing what species are found on any one given island at all.

The book is also light enough to be portable in the field.

In short, if you are lucky enough to visit these exotic archipelagos and have any interest in birds (easily the most visible part of their terrestrial fauna), don't leave home without this guide!
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There are two advantages of this field guide over the newer 'Birds of Melanesia' by Dutson: 1) it weighs 400g as opposed to Dutson's 960g, and 2) the illustrations are arranged facing the descriptions. That means that it is lightweight enough to keep in your daypack in the field, and it is quick to look up a bird wthout a lot of fumbling. The disadvantages are that the descriptions of habitat and call are shorter (but still very good even if concise) and the taxonomy dates from 1999 rather than 2011 (but there have not been that many changes, and in any case the common name is usually the same). The plates (illustrations) are clear and there is a range map for each bird. I actually have both Dutson and this guide. Dutson is a great desk reference, while this one is definitely my preferred field reference.
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