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Birds of Melanesia

100% fit for purpose

Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia by Guy Dutson - Princeton | 2011 | Softcover | 2011 | ISBN: 9780691153506 | 447 Pages | 75 color plates | color photos | color maps | b/w illustrations & tables

What the publisher says:

Melanesia harbors an amazing range of endemic bird species and subspecies, many of which are poorly known. Birds of Melanesia is the first comprehensive field guide to all 501 species found in the Bismarck Archipelago, Bougainville, the Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. This beautifully illustrated guide features 86 color plates that depict almost every species--including many endemic subspecies--and many of the plates are arranged by island group for easy reference. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features and distribution, as well as key features for all subspecies. Distribution bars are also given for all species except extreme vagrants.

• Covers all 501 species recorded in Melanesia, 204 of which are endemic
• Features 86 color plates that illustrate almost every species
• Provides detailed species accounts
• Includes distribution bars for all species except extreme vagrants


Guy Dutson is an ornithologist and tour-leader, and is the world's leading authority on the birds of the southwest Pacific, a region in which he has described or rediscovered several species. He has led expeditions to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, in the course of which he rediscovered the Superb Pitta on Manus. Expeditions to Indonesia and the Philippines led to the rediscovery of the Tanahjampea Monarch and the find for which he is perhaps best known, the Cebu Flowerpecker. In 2008 Dutson described a new species, the Vanikoro White-eye.Fatbirder View:

I’m not going to re-iterate nor bore you with flowery praise – this is what it is – a field guide and 100% fit for purpose. The illustrations are clear and crisp and many of those taken from other guides have been re-touched as necessary by the original artists, some of whom are among my favourite illustrators.

The facing plates are brief but sufficient and add to each species distribution by codes and colour coded by season – you you can, at a glance, see if it occurs where you are at the time you are there or intend to be.

It is a tad weighty for the pocket but such a sensible grouping for travelers cannot avoid this and its still within the realms of portable.

In short it’s a standard work in waiting.


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