Birds of Java, Sumatra and Bali (Pocket Photo Guides) Paperback – January 30, 2018
This text is a compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide suitable for any birdwatcher visiting the Indonesian islands of Java, Sumatra, and Bali.
The book features descriptions of 236 species, thumbnail silhouettes for ease of use, up-to-date tips and information on bird biology and behavior.
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury Natural History (January 30, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472938186
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472938183
- Item Weight : 5.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 3.88 x 0.36 x 7.46 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,041,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- It has listings for an extensive number of birds, nearly 35 different bird categories, one of which, for example the Flowerpeckers/Sunbirds/Spiderhunters covers 16 species.
- For each, there is a single, good quality color photo sufficient for identifing many of these islands species who tend to be pretty colorful and unique.
- Useful short page of description which usually includes main identifying features, may mention plumage of female or juvenile vs male, or similar species, and typically mentions habitat/which islands, and how common.
- Index is not good. there is just 1 clickable link that takes you to the section with all the species, so it will be helpful to know bird types (there is a thumbnail page linked in the table of contents with categories) so you can use the kindle search function to avoid endless scrolling.
- you will find yourself skimming to find out if the bird is even on your island, and it isn't always explicitly stated. There really should be a map at the bottom of each listing for range.
Overall, This will be sufficient to ID many of the birds you will see. It make take some work to find them in the book, and this is best suited for a Kindle App or Fire, rather than the actual kindle, because of color photos and just easier scrolling. I think it is worth 8$ not to carry a physical book, definitely!