Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan

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This is the fully revised and updated third edition of an acclaimed field guide to the birds of Borneo, covering Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan. The result is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and user-friendly guide to the island's remarkably diverse birdlife. The book covers all 673 species living or reported on Borneo, including all 59 endemic species. Each species is superbly illustrated in 141 color plates containing more than 2,000 full-color bird images, which provide multiple large views of each...

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Overview

This is the fully revised and updated third edition of an acclaimed field guide to the birds of Borneo, covering Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan. The result is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and user-friendly guide to the island's remarkably diverse birdlife. The book covers all 673 species living or reported on Borneo, including all 59 endemic species. Each species is superbly illustrated in 141 color plates containing more than 2,000 full-color bird images, which provide multiple large views of each species, including most of the sexual variants and immature forms of polymorphic species. Each plate is accompanied by facing-page species descriptions covering taxonomy, size, call, range, distribution, habits, and status. Distribution is also shown with 567 detailed color thumbnail maps on facing pages. Other features include seven habitat plates, twelve regional maps showing Borneo's top 90 birding sites, fast-find identification plates to the birds of Kinabalu and other habitats, and a full overview of Borneo's vegetation, climate, and ecology. This is a guide that any outdoor visitor to the island will treasure.

  • The most up-to-date, comprehensive, and user-friendly guide to the birds of Borneo
  • Features handy, facing-page format
  • Illustrates and describes all 673 species, including 59 endemics
  • Contains more than 2,000 superb full-color images, providing multiple large views of each species, and 567 color maps
  • Describes and maps Borneo's top 90 birding sites
  • Includes fast-find identification plates to the birds of Kinabalu and other habitats
  • Provides a full overview of Borneo's vegetation, climate, and ecology
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Neat: that pretty much sums up my initial experience with Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo. And the more time that I spend with it, the neater it becomes. I don't normally just read a field guide. And yet, I find myself doing just that with this book. This guide has so many unconventional features that draw you in that I'm consistently intrigued and compelled to read more."--Grant McCreary, Birder's Library

Praise for previous editions:"A brilliant birding companion both for beginners and seasoned birders, and an excellent reference work, not only on Borneo's birds, but on other remarkable fauna and flora."--Ibis: The International Journal of Avian Science

Praise for previous editions:"This is the book I wish I had when I first visited Sabah--a wonderful book, which I could not recommend more highly."--Frederick H. Sheldon, Wilson Bulletin

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Praise for previous editions: A brilliant birding companion both for beginners and seasoned birders, and an excellent reference work, not only on Borneo's birds, but on other remarkable fauna and flora."Ibis: The International Journal of Avian Science

Praise for previous editions: This is the book I wish I had when I first visited Sabah—a wonderful book, which I could not recommend more highly."—Frederick H. Sheldon, Wilson Bulletin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691161679
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2014
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: Fully Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 969,790
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Quentin Phillipps is a native of Borneo who has been fascinated by its wildlife and natural history since he was a child. At age seventeen, he won a wildlife photography competition with the first-ever picture of a nesting Chestnut-headed Thrush, taken at Poring. Karen Phillipps is a native of Borneo who has illustrated many books on Asian wildlife, including "A Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo", "A Field Guide to the Birds of China", and "The Birds of Sulawesi".
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Table of Contents

Birds of the Seashore 2
Birds of Coastal Gardens 4
Birds of Padi Fields 6
Birds of Rivers and Streams 8
Birds of Lowland Forest 10
Birds of Kinabalu Park HQ 12
Birds of Kinabalu Summit Trail 14
Introduction to the Second Edition 20
The Origin and Evolution of Borneo's Birds 22
Conservation in Action 24
Anatomy and Plumage of a Bird 26
Key to Distribution Maps 27
Fifty-two Endemic Birds of Borneo 29
Vegetation and Bird Life in Borneo 30
Altitudinal Zonation on Kinabalu 32
Climate, Rainfall and Bird Breeding Seasons 34
Bird Migration 36
Glossary 38
History of Bornean Ornithology 41

THE BIRDS OF BORNEO
Megapodes42
Pheasants and Junglefowl 44
Partridges, Quail and Pheasants 46
Partridges 48
Resident Ducks 50
Migrant Ducks 52
Shearwaters and Petrels 54
Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills 56
Night Herons 58
Bitterns 60
Pond Herons and Striated Herons 62
Large Herons and White-faced Heron 64
Egrets 66
Chinese and Reef Egrets 68
Frigatebirds 70
Christmas Island Frigatebird 72
Great Frigatebird 74
Tropicbirds and Boobies 76
Pelicans, Cormorants and Darters 78
Hawks and Eagles 80
Hawk-eagles 82
Hawk-eagles and Jerdon's Baza 84
Distinguishing Mimic from Model 86
Black Kite, Buzzards and Black Baza 88
Marine and Riverine Eagles 90
Black and Serpent Eagles, Bat Hawk 92
Harriers and Black-winged Kite 94
Falcons 96
Kestrels and Hobbies 98
Goshawk and Sparrowhawks 100
Crakes 104
Rails and Jacanas 106
Watercock, Moorhens, Coot and Waterhen 108
Oystercatcher, Avocet, Stilts and Lapwings 110
Sand Plovers and Small Plovers 112
Malaysian Plover and Turnstone 114
Snipe and Woodcock 116
Curlew, Whimbrel, Godwit, Dowitcher 118
Redshank and Greenshank 120
Sandpipers, Tattler and Ruff 122
Stints and Sandpipers 124
Dowitchers and Sandpipers 126
Knots, Sandpipers and Phalaropes 128
Grebes, Pratincoles, Stone Curlew 130
Larger Gulls 132
Smaller Gulls 134
Crested and Marsh Terns 136
Gull-billed, Caspian and Sooty Terns 138
Common, Roseate and Aleutian Terns 140
Noddies 142
Skuas (Jaegers) 144
Doves and Pigeons 146
Green Pigeons 148
Fruit Doves and Pigeons 150
Imperial and Wood Pigeons 152
Parrots 154
Hawk-cuckoos 156
Cuculus Cuckoos 158
Glossy and Bronze Cuckoos 160
Drongo and Brush Cuckoos 162
Coucals and Koel 164
Malkohas 166
Ground-cuckoo 168
Owls 170
Bay Owls, Barn Owls and Typical Owls 172
Scops Owls 174
Frogmouths 176
Nightjars 178
Swifts and Treeswifts 180
Non-echo-locating Swiftlets 182
Echo-locating Swiftlets 184
Needletail Swifts 186
Trogons 188
Kingfishers 190
Bee-eaters, Roller and Hoopoe 194
Hornbills 196
Barbets 202
Barbets and Honeyguide 204
Woodpeckers 206
Woodpeckers and Piculets 210
Broadbills 212
Green Broadbills 214
Resident Pittas 216
Migrant and Nomadic Pittas 218
Ioras and Leafbirds 220
Minivets 222
Woodshrikes and Cuckoo-shrikes 224
Whistlers, Great Tit and Nuthatch 226
Strikes 228
Orioles and Fairy Bluebird 230
Drongos 232
Crows, Black Magpie 234
Jay, Magpies, Bristlehead 236
Woodswallow, Swallows and Martins 238
Tailorbirds and Prinia 240
Bulbuls 242
Gerygone, Leaf and Reed-Warblers 250
Montane Warblers 252
Cisticolas and Grasshopper Warblers 254
Migrant Warblers 256
Jungle Babblers 258
Wren-babblers 262
Tree-babblers 264
Scimitar and Rail-babbler 266
Tit-babblers, Fulvetta and Erpornis 268
Laughing-thrushes 270
White-eyes and Black-eye 272
Mynas and Starlings 274
Migrant and Vagrant Starlings 276
Thrushes and Fruithunter 278
Rock-thrush and Whistling Thrush 280
Migrant Robins 282
Magpie Robins and Shamas 284
Resident Thrushes and Forktails 286
Flycatchers 288
Brown Flycatchers 290
Small Flycatchers 292
Blue Flycatchers 294
Blue Flycatchers and Shortwing 296
Paradise Flycatchers and Fantails 298
Canary Flycatchers and Monarchs 300
Flowerpeckers 302
Sunbirds 308
Plain Spiderhunters 312
Streaked Spiderhunters 314
Avadavat and Munias 316
Rare and Endemic Munias 318
Wagtails 320
Pipits 322
Larks 324
Sparrow, Weaver and Buntings 326

BIRDING SITES
Birding the Kota Kinabalu Area 328
Birding West Sabah and Kinabalu Park 330
Birding East Sabah 332
Birding Brunei Darussalam 334
Birding the Kuching Area 336
Birding Southern Sarawak 338
Birding Northern Sarawak 340
Kalimantan National Parks and Protected Areas 342
Birding Tanjong Puting and Sabangau 344
Birding Balikpapan and Mahakam 346
Birding Maratua and Kakaban 348

Selected Bibliography and Further Reading 350
Useful Websites 357
List of Ecological and Text Notes 358
Index of Common Names 360
Index of Scientific Names 366
The Authors 370
Regional Map 372
Topographical Map of Borneo Inside back cover

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