Birds of New Guinea (2nd Edition) by Bruce M. Beehler, Thane K. Pratt

By Bruce M. Beehler, Thane K. Pratt

Contributor note: Illustrated by means of John C. Anderton, Szabolcs Kokay
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This is the thoroughly revised edition of the fundamental box advisor to the birds of latest Guinea. The world's greatest tropical island, New Guinea boasts a striking avifauna characterised through cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, in addition to an extremely different assemblage of songbirds similar to the long-lasting birds of paradise and bowerbirds.

Birds of recent Guinea is the single consultant to hide all 780 poultry species stated within the zone, together with 366 endemics. increasing its assurance with 111 shiny colour plates--twice as many because the first edition--and the addition of 635 diversity maps, the publication additionally includes up to date species debts with new information regarding id, voice, conduct, and variety. a must have for everybody from ecotourists to box researchers, Birds of recent Guinea is still an fundamental advisor to the varied birds of this outstanding region.

• 780 poultry species, together with 366 came upon nowhere else
• 111 gorgeous colour plates, two times the variety of the 1st edition
• extended and up-to-date species money owed offer info on id, voice, conduct, and range
• 635 diversity maps
• Revised category of birds displays the most recent study

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Use this field guide as a means of communication—­jointly examining the plates and asking the guide to tell stories about particular birds. ” it is better to open the book to a plate and ask the informant to look it over and indicate which species he knows and what he knows about each. In that way you can informally test the informant’s knowledge without giving away the answer. New Guinean Culture and Birds. Birds form a significant part of the cultural life of the people of New Guinea. The larger species are important sources of protein in the diet.

A small shearwater showing black upperparts contrasting with clear white underparts.  276 Hutton’s Shearwater P. huttoni, rare in Coral Sea during austral winter, similar but slightly larger and with a dark, almost complete breast band. 52 11 Herald Petrel Pterodroma heraldica 34–39 cm. Rare visitor. Much variation. All morphs have a distinctive underwing pattern with white panel on the outer wing that contrasts with the mostly dark coverts.  274 12 Streaked Shearwater Calonectris leucomelas 48 cm.

A number of Australian breeding land bird species spend the nonbreeding season during the austral winter (March–October) in New Guinea, but how many birds migrate and when they arrive depend on both the timing of the winter season and unpredictable drought conditions in Australia. Some, like the Rainbow Bee-­eater and Sacred Kingfisher, are among New Guinea’s best-­ known garden birds. Most of these migrants occupy nonforest or forest-­edge habitats. Such zones may offer the benefit of reduced competition from resident New Guinea species.

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