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Birds of Borneo: Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak, and Kalimantan (Anglais) Broché – 21 septembre 2009


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Book by Myers Susan


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  • Broché: 272 pages
  • Editeur : Princeton University Press (21 septembre 2009)
  • Collection : Princeton Field Guides
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0691143501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691143507
  • Dimensions du produit: 2,5 x 15,2 x 22,2 cm
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Par Risso83 sur 10 février 2012
Format: Broché
Voici un guide classique sur l'île de Bornéo, fabuleux bastion d'une biodiversité aussi riche que menacée. Il commence par une courte introduction traitant des habitats de l'île, ainsi que de diverses données comme la taxinomie ou zoogéographie de Bornéo.

Tout le reste du livre concerne les espèces, plus de 630, et pour un guide de terrain il s'avère très complet. Il n'y a pas de planches mais au contraire chaque espèce est présentée seule avec une illustration (plusieurs si il y a dimorphisme sexuel par exemple - c'est à dire presque 1600 dessins en tout). Ainsi qu'une carte complète avec des couleurs différentes pour savoir si l'espèce en question est sédentaire, migrante, visiteur occasionnel, etc. Le texte traite de l'identification, du comportement, de l'habitat, du chant, du statut et de la reproduction.

Cependant même si je trouve ce guide excellent, si vous possédez déjà un guide sur les oiseaux d'Asie du sud-est ("Birds of South-East Asia" de Craig Robson est excellent) je précise simplement que près de 80% des espèces de ce guide sont déjà présentées dans le guide de Robson (en effet la faune de Bornéo fait partie du Sundaland, incluant également la Péninsule malaise).

Bref un excellent livre qui sera un compagnon de voyage idéal à tous les amoureux d'oiseaux et de Nature voulant découvrir la luxuriance des forêts équatoriales de Bornéo.
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Recommended guide covering all Bornean birds 6 octobre 2009
Par Jack Holloway - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Basics: hardcover, 1,600 good but sometimes small color illustrations of all 631 species; paragraph covers identification, behavior, voice, range, and breeding for each bird; 129 species receive only a single illustration; 2-colored range map given for each bird

This is the first book to focus on only the birds of the island of Borneo and to illustrate all its species. Borneo, divided into three separate countries, has a list of 631 species, which includes 50 endemics.

The 1,600+ illustrations are good and should be adequate to identify most of the species, except perhaps for some of the babblers, the plainer flycatchers, and the jungle-flycatchers. Most of the birds have multiple illustrations that typically focus on the gender variations. Some juvenile plumages are also included. Compared to most other field guides, this book has fewer poses shown for the birds. As an example, at least 129 species have only a single illustration. As for the pose, most of the birds are shown in a standard perching position. Relatively few of the birds are shown in flight or with an open-wing or tail to reveal finer details. The birds with the most illustrations (2-6) are the raptors, shorebirds, terns, and gulls. Although this is nice, there are other better, specialized guides that already focus on these family groups. In contrast, Borneo has many unique birds that are illustrated in very few other books. This book was a good chance to better show these birds. Examples include the Bornean Stubtail or the Chestnut-crowned Yuhina which are shown with only one illustration each. It would have been nice to give extra attention to the island and regional endemics.

The text consists of a brief, concise paragraph with at least 50% dedicated to identification and similar species. The description does a good job of pointing out both the adult and juvenile plumages; and, often differences between the male and female plumages. Each bird also receives a short description of its voice. This description may be as simple as "a soft twittering" for the Asian House-Martin or more lengthy for the Whitehead's Spiderhunter that reads "very distinctive; call is a wheezy wee-chit (4kHz); also a complex series of nasal but wheezy twitters and tirlls with rich harmonics wit-wit-wit-wt'wt'wt'weechee...(3-8 kHz)".

The remainder of the paragraph provides brief, informative notes on the bird's habitat, behavior, range and status, Borneo status, and breeding.

The range maps, supplied for each bird, use three different colors. These represent resident, non-breeding visitor, and passage migrant. To help provide more detail, the borders of the three countries as well as the states of Indonesia are shown on the island.

Although a true field, the book may not be completely welcome in the field due to its slightly enlarged size that will require a larger than normal pocket. The layout used to display the birds is slightly different - but effective. Instead of the typical text-on-the-left-page across from the plates-on-the-right-page format, the bird's illustration is right next to its text and range map. This format allows 2-3 species to be shown and discussed on each page. A benefit of this layout is it prevents any confusion of matching the bird with its proper text and map; however, the downside is the reduction in the size of the illustrations. At times, the birds are a bit small, such as the Little Green-Pigeon. This image is small enough to be nearly hidden by the tip of my index finger. I'm not quite sure why some of these birds were illustrated so small since there is plenty of blank space around them. Many of the birds could be nearly doubled in size and still fit nicely onto the page.

Any serious birding done on Borneo will require this book. The only other alternative, which is a good one, is MacKinnon & Phillipp's book "A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali." The plates in this book are just a slight notch below the quality of Myers's book but they provide a greater number of illustrations. The text between the books is relatively the same in quantity and quality. -- (written by Soleglad at Avian Review / Avian Books, September 2009)

1) A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali by MacKinnon/Phillipps
2) The birds of Borneo by Smythies
3) Photographic Guide to the Birds of Borneo by Davison/Fook
4) A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Mount Kinabalu, Borneoby Nakayasu
5) Birds of Mount Kinabalu, Borneoby Davison et al.
6) A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asiaby Strange
7) Pocket Guide to the Birds of Borneoby Francis
8) Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo by Phillipps
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This is the one to take on your trip 24 octobre 2012
Par J. Hargrove - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Before heading to Borneo, I checked out both this guide and the one by Phillips. Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan. The latter is a great read, with interesting tidbits about birds and early Borneo ornithologists scattered about.

However, this guide is newer, with better illustrations, reflecting the latest taxonomy.

Besides, it is smaller and easier to pack, both in your luggage and in the field.

Read the Phillips guide at home, then take this one with you.
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Attractive and practical guide. 22 mars 2012
Par Ferro - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I liked the groundbreaking scope of this guide, and the layout, with separated illustrations for each species. The amount of data for each bird is just enough, and the novel local information and maps are enjoyable. As you can see from the photo I've uploaded, there are a few new illustrations, although the vast majority are taken from Robsons Birds of SE Asia. However they look better and less cluttered in this guide. Having said that I think some of them are too small, need more detail and should have been re-done for this book- for example the swifts.
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Must for Borneo 29 septembre 2011
Par Bullwinkle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I'm a bird-watcher, not ornithologist. I wanted a practical field guide. I went to Borneo and found this book to be perfect: had the all the birds I saw and was not too bulky to carry.
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A good start 11 juillet 2013
Par David A. Rintoul - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Shouldn't a bird field guide review request be accompanied by a field trip to the location where the birds are found, in order to see how it functions in its designated niche? Probably so, but that didn't happen, so this review must necessarily focus on style, writing, illustrations, and other minutiae of the published work. In this case, the style is excellent, with range maps and behavioral clues succinctly included in all species descriptions. Larger maps of the island of Borneo, which is controlled by three different countries, are available on the publisher's website, but these really should be included with the book. In general, the illustrations are well done, but the colors were off in some, e.g. the Eurasian Woodcock image had an unattractive pea-green cast which is not to be found in the real bird. The taxonomical scheme does include some recent species splits, which generated a few new Bornean endemics. Without field-testing this guide, it is impossible to comment on other aspects (good or bad), but, having used other books in the Princeton Field Guide series, I suspect that it would be quite serviceable in Borneo. (This review is excerpted from my review in Choice, the review journal of the American Library Association.)
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