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A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of Singapore

Field / Identification GuideWorld / Checklist

Series: Naturalist's Guides - World

By: Yong Ding Li (Author), Lim Kim Chuah (Author), Lee Tiah Khee (Illustrator), Francis Yap (Contributor)

176 pages, ~300 colour photos, 1 colour map

John Beaufoy Books

Paperback | Feb 2016 | Edition: 2 | #227206 | ISBN-13: 9781909612716
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £11.99 $15/€13 approx

About this book

Language: English with English, simplified Chinese, Malay and scientific nomenclature

This fully revised and updated identification guide to 280 bird species, including all resident and regular migratory species, occurring in Singapore is perfect for resident and visitor alike. For this second edition the author has added many more photos to show male, female, and juvenile variants, and upgraded some others photos.

High quality photographs from Singapore’s top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include common and scientific plus Chinese and Malay names, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the birds of Singapore encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and IUCN status as at 2015.

"A great little pocket guide for anyone travelling to, or through, Singapore. Each species has a brief description and is accompanied with one image, usually (although not always) of an adult male. Birders will probably not find this comprehensive or thorough enough, but would be great for business travellers, or those with a casual interest in the stunning birds of the region."
- BTO book reviews

"[...] The book has a familiar layout: introductory chapters covering geography, climate and habitats, and detailed accounts of 11 sites recommended for watching animals. Recent efforts to document the pelagic avifauna is bearing fruit, more species being added to the already impressively long bird list of 380 species. There are accounts, accompanied by small but high-quality photographs, of 280 commonly seen bird species, each giving a description of the species, a summary of its distribution and habitats, sites where it is most likely to be seen, and its national conservation status. For a handful of sexually dimorphic species, males and females are depicted separately, and only for Brown Wood Owl Strix leptogrammica do we get to see the juvenile (which looks like a different species). Overall, this little book is a very useful guide when visiting the island nation."

- Vincent Nijman, Ibis 156, 2014

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Yong Ding Li is vice-chair of the Southeast Asian Biodiversity Society and has published many research papers on birds, conservation and ecology. He also advises the IUCN SSC on Southeast Asian birds. Lim Kim Chuah is a committee member of the Nature Society (Singapore)'s bird group and one of the most experienced birdwatchers in Singapore. Lead photographer Lee Tiah Khee is a professional with over 25 years of experience. He is one of Singapore's top nature photographers and has won numerous accolades.

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