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on 17 January 2001
This book is a godsend to the birdwatcher who wants to visit this strange but beautiful place,as there is no other field guide to this region on the market.Having no competition does not mean however that the authors have paid any less attention to detail...the plates are superb and the text is brief but informative,and useful for helping with identification of the more difficult species.However,the only thing missing are the range maps...there are none at all,meaning you have to refer to the text every time you wish to know where the bird occurs.This makes it difficult to get a quick ID on a bird in the field in some cases. On the whole,a very interesting and beautiful book,with only the odd flaw.
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on 27 January 2012
Considering that this book was produced in 1986 the plates are well detailed and much better than I have seen in much more modern field guides. (for other countries). The colours are not as bright as the actual birds in the field but important features are shown well. Unfortunately there are no distibution maps although the text does give distribution guidance.

Since there is currently no other field guide this is a must for anyone making a bird trip to PNG. Since only second hand copies are now available it can be rather expensive although affordable copies are available on Amazon from time to time. Since it is traded regularly there is always the possibility of recuping most of the outlay when the bird trip has been completed until such time, that is, as the long awaited second edition is published!

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on 14 January 2005
Though quite old, this remains a good (and the only!) guide to the birds of New Guinea.
Unfortunately its coverage doesn't extend to the Bismarck Archipelago, but for the New Guinea mainland and the West Papuan islands I found it perfect.
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on 21 June 2008
Bruce Beehler (in May 2008) thinks the new edition will be 2 - 3 years away so until then a copy of the first edition is essential if you can find/afford/borrow one!
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on 13 February 2014
I realize the book is worth more than 1 star. I have seen the book and have all pages digitalized. I recommend doing that for traveling to New Guinea until the new book is out. Birdwatching should never be about money andauthors never would like their books to be sold at this kind of price. Did I tell you that I hate extortionate prices?
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