Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia

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"Dutson is one of the most experienced ornithologists in this little-known region, and this book is an excellent addition to Princeton's acclaimed series of field guides. The scholarship is outstanding and the text and species accounts are clear, concise, and very well written. Any birder visiting Melanesia will need this book, without doubt."—Susan Myers, author of Birds of Borneo

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Overview

"Dutson is one of the most experienced ornithologists in this little-known region, and this book is an excellent addition to Princeton's acclaimed series of field guides. The scholarship is outstanding and the text and species accounts are clear, concise, and very well written. Any birder visiting Melanesia will need this book, without doubt."—Susan Myers, author of Birds of Borneo

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Editorial Reviews

American Birding Association
It's a pleasure to leaf through this guide, which serves very well indeed the author's and artists' intention to 'stimulate the study and conservation' of the beautiful birds of a remote and alluring part of the globe.
— Rick Wright
GrrlScientist
[A] pleasure to hold and a joy to look at. . . . The paintings of the Solomons cockatoo, Cacatua ducorpsii, are gorgeous, with accurate (and evocative!) colours and poses. The painting of this species in flight is just so lovely, so delicately rendered that I can almost hear this bird shrieking joyfully as it flies through the skies.
— Devorah Bennu
American Birding Association - Rick Wright
It's a pleasure to leaf through this guide, which serves very well indeed the author's and artists' intention to 'stimulate the study and conservation' of the beautiful birds of a remote and alluring part of the globe.
Fatbirder
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.
GrrlScientist - Devorah Bennu
[A] pleasure to hold and a joy to look at. . . . The paintings of the Solomons cockatoo, Cacatua ducorpsii, are gorgeous, with accurate (and evocative!) colours and poses. The painting of this species in flight is just so lovely, so delicately rendered that I can almost hear this bird shrieking joyfully as it flies through the skies.
From the Publisher
"It's a pleasure to leaf through this guide, which serves very well indeed the author's and artists' intention to 'stimulate the study and conservation' of the beautiful birds of a remote and alluring part of the globe."—Rick Wright, American Birding Association blog

"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."—Fatbirder

"[A] pleasure to hold and a joy to look at. . . . The paintings of the Solomons cockatoo, Cacatua ducorpsii, are gorgeous, with accurate (and evocative!) colours and poses. The painting of this species in flight is just so lovely, so delicately rendered that I can almost hear this bird shrieking joyfully as it flies through the skies."—Devorah Bennu, GrrlScientist (hosted by The Guardian)

"In a single volume, it features all the birds of Melanesia, including the Bismarcks, the Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. Here, too, is useful information on the islands, their geology, climate, and vegetation, along with a short overview of Melanesian ornithology, birding etiquette, and the high levels of endemism that these islands offer. . . . I hope that this book encourages birders to visit, not just to tally the rarities but also to engage with the islanders in their efforts to reduce hunting pressure and habitat destruction."—Alan McBride, ABA Blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691153506
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2012
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,022,105
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Dutson is an ornithologist and tour leader. He is the world's leading authority on the birds of the southwest Pacific, where he has described or rediscovered several species.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 8

Introduction 9

Aims of this book 9

Geographical coverage 9

Maps 10

Island types and climate 18

Vegetation and habitats 19

Melanesian Ornithology 20

Nomenclature 20

Taxonomy 20

Biogeography and island distributions 20

Endemism 21

Migration 21

Introduced species 22

How many bird species in Melanesia? 22

Birdwatching in Melanesia 23

Identifying birds 23

Plumages and moult 25

Finding birds 25

Studying birds 25

Birdwatching etiquette 25

Birdwatching sites 26

Organisations and records 33

Further reading 33

Conservation 33

Threats and solutions 33

Globally threatened species 33

Extinct species 35

Using the Plates and Species Texts 36

Island Groups of Melanesia 37

Checklist of the Birds of Melanesia Colour Plates 38

Plate 1 Grebes, Whistling Ducks and Diving Ducks 52

Plate 2 Dabbling Ducks 54

Plate 3 Albatrosses, Large Petrels and Shearwaters 56

Plate 4 Larger Shearwaters and smaller all-dark Petrels 58

Plate 5 Smaller Pterodroma Petrels and Prions 60

Plate 6 Smaller Shearwaters and Petrels 62

Plate 7 Storm Petrels 64

Plate 8 Boobies 66

Plate 9 Tropicbirds, Frigatebirds and Pelican 68

Plate 10 Cassowary, Cormorants, Megapodes and Junglefowl 70

Plate 11 Herons, Egrets, Ibis and Spoonbill 72

Plate 12 Herons, Bitterns and Kagu 74

Plate 13 Kites, Harrier and Honey Buzzard 76

Plate 14 Osprey and Sea Eagles 78

Plate 15 Variable Goshawk and Bismarcks Hawks 80

Plate 16 Other Goshawks 82

Plate 17 Pacific Baza and Falcons 84

Plate 18 Quail, Buttonquails and Crakes 86

Plate 19 Rails and Bush-Hen 88

Plate 20 Woodford's Rail, Gallinules and Jacana 90

Plate 21 Large Shorebirds 92

Plate 22 Plovers 94

Plate 23 Curlews, Godwits and Turnstone 96

Plate 24 Sandpipers and Tattlers 98

Plate 25 Knots, Ruff, Snipes and Phalarope 100

Plate 26 Small Sandpipers 102

Plate 27 Gulls and large Terns 104

Plate 28 Smaller Terns 106

Plate 29 Pelagic Terns and Noddies 108

Plate 30 Skuas and Jaegers 110

Plate 31 Cuckoo-Doves 112

Plate 32 Ground Doves 114

Plate 33 Fruit Doves 116

Plate 34 Imperial Pigeons 1 118

Plate 35 Imperial Pigeons II 120

Plate 36 Other Pigeons 1 122

Plate 37 Other Pigeons II 124

Plate 38 Cockatoos and Lories 126

Plate 3 Lorikeets, Parakeets and Parrots 128

Plate 40 Lorikeets and Pygmy Parrots 130

Plate 41 Cuckoos 132

Plate 42 Coucals and Koel 134

Plate 43 Nightbirds and Barn Owls 136

Plate 44 Owls 138

Plate 45 Swifts 140

Plate 46 Small Kingfishers 142

Plate 47 Large Bismarck Kingfishers 144

Plate 48 Large Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia Kingfishers 146

Plate 49 Bee-eaters, Dollarbird, Hombill and Pittas 148

Plate 50 Bismarcks Swallows, Wagtails and Trillers 150

Plate 51 Bismarcks Cuckooshrikes 152

Plate 52 Bismarcks Sunbirds, Flowerpecker and Honeyeaters 154

Plate 53 Bismarcks Myzomelas 155

Plate 54 Bismarcks Fantails and Whistlers 158

Plate 55 Bismarcks Monarchs 160

Plate 56 Bismarcks Flycatchers and Flyrobins 162

Plate 57 Bismarcks Thrushes, Warblers and White-Eyes 164

Plate 58 Bismarcks Thicketbirds, Warblers and Bush Chat 166

Plate 59 Bismarcks Drongos, Woodswallow, Crow and Starlings 168

Plate 60 Bismarcks Parrotfinch and Mannikins 170

Plate 61 Solomons Cuckooshrikes 172

Plate 62 Solomons Sunbird, Flowerpecker and Honeyeaters 174

Plate 63 Solomons Whistlers 175

Plate 64 Solomons Fantails and Flycatchers 178

Plate 65 Solomons Monarchs 180

Plate 66 Solomons Swallows, Thrushes and Crows 182

Plate 67 Solomons Warblers, Robin, Parrotfinch and Mannikin 184

Plate 68 Solomons White-Eyes 186

Plate 69 Solomons Drongo, Starlings and Mynas 188

Plate 70 Makira Passerines I 190

Plate 71 Makira Passerines II 192

Plate 72 Makira Passerines III 194

Plate 73 Makira Passerines IV 196

Plate 74 Rennell Passerines I 198

Plate 75 Rennell Passerines II 200

Plate 76 Temotu Passerines I 202

Plate 77 Temotu Passerines II 204

Plate 78 Vanuatu Passerines I 206

Plate 79 Vanuatu Passerines II 208

Plate 80 Vanuatu Passerines III 210

Plate 81 Vanuatu Passerines IV 212

Plate 82 New Caledonia Passerines I 214

Plate 83 New Caledonia Passerines II 216

Plate 84 New Caledonia Passerines III 218

Plate 85 New Caledonia Passerines IV 220

Plate 86 New Caledonia Passerines V 222

Species Accounts 225

Gazetteer 427

Index 432

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