Reviewer: Mike Nelson from the USA
One-word summary: “Complete”
“The second edition has been updated with some new plates including Spiderhunters, Hornbills, Blue Flycatchers and others. Also included in some of the plates are food plants which are helpful. Information has been updated at the front and new maps and birding sites have been added at the back of the book. New taxonomic information about the endemics and other families has also been updated with new information about the new species recently discovered, Spectacled Flowerpecker, which has several nice illustrations in the book.
Packed with great information, great plates and fabulous insight into the birds and birding in Borneo this is the only guide you’ll need and it’s small enough to carry in the field.”
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“I went to Sabah, Borneo in August of 2009 before this was published and I wish I would have had it then. I did take the The Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali, which was sufficient, but as it was published in ’93 some of the info was out of date and not specific to the area I was birding. The art work for that guide was done by Karen Phillipps who has done the art work for this new book. This guide is set up like most with a plate on the right and info and range maps on the left. The range maps are a plus over the older version. Also the first two pages are a quick guide to the plates with a representative bird pictured with the corresponding page. Helpful for looking up birds quickly. The next several pages are filled with graphic indexes of birds common to specific habitats. Several pages follow about the layout of the book, Bornean endemics and helpful info about vegetation, birding sites, climate and migration. Then comes the heart of the book with all the species accounts. The info about each bird has a range map, character of the bird, size, call, range, occurrence and info about habits and habitat. On several of the pages are yellow boxes with other information about the birds on that page from migration to plumages and even local lore. At the back are 11 pages of info about birding in specific parts of Borneo with maps and where to find what birds. Overall this is a great book not just as a guide but also, with all the other small bits of info about birding in Borneo, it’s interesting to read. The art work might not be as sharp as the Myers book but this has more of the soul of Borneo in it.”
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