Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book Review: Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo

I've long dreamed of going to Borneo and seeing all of the incredible birds that live there, so I jumped at the chance to review the brand new 3rd edition of The Birds of Borneo. I don't have plans of heading to Borneo anytime soon, but that doesn't mean I can't stare at the beautiful illustrations.

One of the first things that I noticed about this field guide was that it has a ton of useful information that goes well beyond the typical scope of field guides. Yes, the illustrations and written descriptions of the birds are well-done, but it's everything else the authors included that makes this guide so special.

As is the case with most field guides, it pays to read the introduction. There is a plethora of information here that will serve you well as you study the rest of the book. Throughout the guide, you will find yellow boxes with additional information about behavior, conservation, history, and other related topics. I found the info in these boxes to be especially interesting.

The final section of the book includes maps and information about many of the best birding locations around Borneo which will be extremely helpful if you're planning a trip to the island.

This is definitely the go-to guide for birding in this part of the world, and it certainly has me very excited for my first trip to Borneo, whenever that might be!

Title: Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan
Authors: Quentin Phillipps and Karen Phillipps
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: April 2, 2014

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