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Birds of New Guinea

Birds of New Guinea: Second Edition

Thane K. Pratt
Bruce M. Beehler
K. David Bishop
Brian J. Coates
Jared M. Diamond
Mary LeCroy
John C. Anderton
Szabolcs Kókay
James Coe
Dale Zimmerman
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition: REV - Revised, 2
Pages: 528
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    Birds of New Guinea
    Book Description:

    This is the completely revised edition of the essential field guide to the birds of New Guinea. The world's largest tropical island, New Guinea boasts a spectacular avifauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as an exceptionally diverse assemblage of songbirds such as the iconic birds of paradise and bowerbirds.Birds of New Guineais the only guide to cover all 780 bird species reported in the area, including 366 endemics. Expanding its coverage with 111 vibrant color plates-twice as many as the first edition-and the addition of 635 range maps, the book also contains updated species accounts with new information about identification, voice, habits, and range. A must-have for everyone from ecotourists to field researchers,Birds of New Guinearemains an indispensable guide to the diverse birds of this remarkable region.

    780 bird species, including 366 found nowhere else111 stunning color plates, twice the number of the first editionExpanded and updated species accounts provide details on identification, voice, habits, and range635 range mapsRevised classification of birds reflects the latest research

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-6511-6
    Subjects: Zoology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-6)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 7-8)
  3. Preface
    (pp. 9-10)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. 11-12)
  5. Abbreviations
    (pp. 13-13)
  6. 1. Introduction
    (pp. 14-16)

    New Guinea is the center of bird diversity inAustralasia(Australia and New Guinea combined, plus nearby islands). Here lives one of the world’s four great tropical avifaunas, separate in its history and evolution from those of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The region is famous for being home to a rich and distinctive humid forest avifauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, owlet-nightjars, and especially the oscine passerines or songbirds. The latter include hundreds of small insectivores belonging to numerous families centered on the region, and most renowned of all, the birds of paradise and bowerbirds. The...

  7. 2. How to Use This Book
    (pp. 17-19)

    In contrast to this book’s first edition, the facing-page treatments that accompany each painted color plate are more comprehensive and include range maps. This format allows the user to quickly identify the bird in question without, in most cases, having to refer to the species accounts within the main body of the book. Thus, the facing-plate accounts are abridged yet self-contained accounts of each species. For an explanation of the maps, please see Figure 1.

    The expanded species accounts in the body of the book are the main reference and provide more detailed information, including other widely used names, more...

  8. 3. New Guinea Natural History
    (pp. 20-32)

    New Guinea is the world’s second largest island, exceeded in size only by ice-covered Greenland. The world’s largest tropical island and world’s highest island, New Guinea is topographically diverse and geologically complex. With its equatorial location and oceanic influence, New Guinea has a generally humid and warm climate, but there are some remarkable local exceptions. In this section we address three aspects of the New Guinea environment: geology, climate, and vegetation.

    First it should be noted that New Guinea is one with Australia, for both rest on the Australian tectonic plate. The island of New Guinea looks distinct on the...

  9. 4. In the Field in Search of Birds
    (pp. 33-35)

    Whether a resident or a visitor, you will find bird-watching in New Guinea a challenge, albeit an exciting one. Thus it pays to plan and to be prepared. Birding in New Guinea can produce amazing rewards but also offers up no shortage of hazards and frustrations. One recommendation for the international birder is that it is probably wise to save a planned birding trip to New Guinea until after successful birding ventures to other key destinations such as Australia, South Africa, India, or Costa Rica. New Guinea is best considered a specialty destination, to be savored after gaining a seasoned...

  10. Selected References
    (pp. 36-38)
  11. Web Sources
    (pp. 39-39)
  12. Plates
    (pp. 40-261)
  13. Species Accounts
    (pp. 262-516)

    This primarily New Guinean family of ostrichlike birds (ratites) includes the 3 species of fearsome-looking cassowaries. Cassowaries are most closely related to the Emu of Australia, and their range extends south to the wet tropics of Australia. Species also have been introduced to the islands of Seram and New Britain. Cassowaries are forest dwellers, preferring old growth forest that offers a wide variety of fruits, the staple of their diet. These huge flightless birds stand from 1.0 to 1.7 m tall and weigh as much as 60 kg. The species are much alike, with shiny black, coarse, shaggy plumage, and...

  14. Index
    (pp. 517-528)