The first ornithological field guide covering the vast chain of the Indonesian archipelago, with over 2,500 illustrations, describes all 1,417 bird species known to occur in the region, including 601 endemics, 98 vagrants, eight introduced species and 18 species yet to be formally described. Together these represent over 13% of global bird diversity. In addition, all subspecies from the region are described.
Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago fully encompasses the biogeographic regions of the Greater Sundas (Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali) and Wallacea (Sulawesi, the Moluccas and the Lesser Sundas), plus all satellite islands. This region spans an arc of over 4,000 km along the Equator, including Brunei, East Timor, the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak and most of the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.
The authors' vast experience and knowledge of the region's birds brings together the latest taxonomic insights, knowledge of distribution, field identification features, vocalisations and more to create an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in the avifauna of this fabulously diverse region.
"[...] Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea is a superb field guide, and will become the region’s standard field guide for many years to come."
– Neil Calbrade, BTO book reviews
"[...] Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea is an outstanding field guide. The authors’ vast experience and knowledge of the region’s birds has provided us with an indispensable addition to the growing number of field guides to the Oriental Region. Indeed, this should be the region’s standard field guide for many years to come, one that will encourage more visitors to this remarkably diverse region. I, for one, am very much looking forward to using it on my next visit to Indonesia!"
– Frank Lambert (31-12-2016), read the full review at The Birder's Library
We used this book on our tour to the Lesser Sundas July/August 2018. It is a very complete book, but can not be used as a field guide for basically 3 reasons.
- the (new) names used in the book are not (yet) known to the available birding guides so they will always use the older names irrespective of splits or lumps.
- the index is a joke. Most birds cannot be found in the index because it starts with the first word, not the genus or species group. For instance, if you want to search for Fantails you have to know the exact name of the bird, you cannot look for the group Fantails and work on from that
- there is little to no description of the bird that you can use in the field.
So basically it is a first good effort, but a lot of work has to be done for a possible second edition. Work on the index and use old and new names in the index and text. Field description for work in the field also has to be added.