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A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines (Oxford Ornithology Series) [Paperback]

Robert Kennedy , Pedro C. Gonzales , Edward Dickinson , Hector C. Miranda Jr , Timothy H. Fisher
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21 Sep 2000 Oxford Ornithology Series
A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines is the first and only guide that covers all 572 species of birds known to occur within the 7,100 islands that make up the Philippines. The Philippine avifauna includes some 170 endemics - species that are not found anywhere else in the world - and is thus of interest to avid birders around the world. Many of these species are also endangered, due to the high levels of habitat destruction in the Philippine forest, and this book is also urgently needed by conservation workers in the region. The Guide is illustrated by 72 specially painted colour plates that show all but the three vagrant species recently recorded there. Its text gives detailed information about the plumage, voice, range, distribution, status, habitat, life history and behaviour of the birds and is accompanied by distribution maps for all the species described. The expert team of authors and artists includes two prominent Philippine ornithologists, and has combined field experience summing to over 100 years. This book clearly will be the standard for Philippine Ornithology for many years to come.

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (21 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198546688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198546689
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'... it is hoped that this book will 'Kick-start' interest in the Philippine's birds, both at home and abroad, before it is too late' Birding World

About the Author

Robert Kennedy is the Director of Natural History Collections and Research for the Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati Museum Center. Pedro C. Gonzalez is Curator Emeritus at the National Museum of the Philippines.

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Small grebe, sexes alike. Breeding crown and back of neck blackish brown; rest of upperparts brown; bare spot at base of bill yellow; tips and inner webs if secondaries, and underwing coverts white; upper throat blackish; lower throat and sides of head and neck chestnut; breast and flanks brownish mixed with silvery grey; belly silvery grey flecked with brown. Read the first page
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book for the Philippines 8 July 2012
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This is a very good and detailed book on the birds of the Philippines, certainly the best I have ever seen

Its very competitively priced through the different suppliers too, so check out before buying
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Philippines gets a bird guide 30 Sep 2000
By Mike R. - Published on Amazon.com
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Long needed, a well written and well organised field guide to the birds of the Philippines is finally available. The 72 color plates illustrate all the species of the islands. A nice color distribution map and a short summary of status and occurance, along with identification information is opposite each image.

The book follows the current trend in bird guides of using more than one illustrator. The result, though well done in some other books, often results in a clash of styles, and worse, inconsistancy. This book is illustrated by twelve artists and suffers a little from the latter. The work here is uneven, some of the illustrators being better at capturing the look of the birds than others. And so we have a fair number of illustrations here that betray a lack of knowledge of the form of birds that really shouldn't be in a modern field guide. Not with the high standards achieved in other works, which this book otherwise seems to meet.

The proportions, build, and "facial expression" are not correctly drawn for many species. Experienced birders will have fewer problems translating what they are seeing in their binoculars to what is on the color plate. But beginners and more casual observers may encounter some frustration. For example, the figure of the Citrine Flycatcher on plate 62 resembles the bird only in general color pattern. This species usually appears brighter, and you would not be far wrong if your impression on seeing it, is of an all yellow bird. Also, given the head size, the body should be shown slightly larger and more filled out. The folded wing is incorrectly drawn, as are those of every other bird on the plate.

Although not unique to this guide, many of the species that have olive or yellow-green upperparts are shown too dull and gray. The White-eyes on plate 70 for instance are bright, trim little characters, that may remind North American birders of Wood Warblers, not the dull, misshapen things depicted.

Despite these problems, all of the plates are adequate for identifying the birds, indeed, many are quite well done (e.g. Plate 11 - especially Palawan Peacock-Pheasant - also note very good parrots, kingfishers, hornbills), and the authors and artists have produced a work of lasting value. It certainly will be a useful book in the field or reference on the shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up for this book 15 Aug 2001
By Eric Raymond G. Patdu - Published on Amazon.com
This book is definitely the best field guide yet that came out of press. The plates are good and rendered better. Although, what is lacking is the description of the different races of each bird. Only the nominate race is described and I still have to refer to the book "Philippine Birds" by DuPont for the info lacking in this book. Still waiting for a better one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good book 23 April 2005
By Jean Paul Potet - Published on Amazon.com
I am not an ornithologist. I have been using KENNEDY et al.'s book for several months, and find it all the more useful as I wasn't able to find any other book on Philippine birds. It is frustrating, however, in so far as Tagalog and other indigenous names are not mentioned, or very seldom. For instance I looked for balatitÓ / bulatitÓ and lilíw that are often mentioned in my documents, but couldn't find them. Nevertheless, KENNEDY and his team should be encouraged to work on a second, enriched edition, with finder lists in Philippine languages.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an excellent guide to the birds of the Philippines! 25 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Although I agree with Mike Ramos on the quality of the text of this book, I disagree with him concerning plate quality. Often multiple artists can lead to varying quality and lack of uniformity, however in this Philippine guide, which has 12 artists, the plates are surprisingly uniform in layout and generally of very high quality. This book has a winning combination of excellent plates accompanied by clear, concise distributional maps and useful, abbreviated texts all at the users fingertips when the book is opened to a particular plate. There are a few problems with the order and names of authors on the Amazon listing. Robert S. Kennedy is the first author, followed by Pedro C. Gonzales, Edward C. Dickenson Hector C. Miranda, Jr. (his name is incorrect in the Amazon book listing) and Timothy H. Fisher.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull Bird Guide 1 April 2011
By Klaus Stiefel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well written and illustrated bird guide to all birds known to be found, however rarely, in the Philippines. The illustrations are of high quality, and often show male, female and immature birds, as well as the birds in flight. The associated maps are color coded so that it's easy to distinguish resident, migratory and endemic species. The plates with the illustrations contain a short description of the described bird, including likely habitat and voice. The later part of the book contains a much more detailed account for each species.
It must have been an enormous amount of work to compile this book, since species are mentioned which have only be sighted once or a few times. It serves me well both as a guide to ID birds I had seen in the wild or in captivity in the Philippines, as well as a to teach me about Philippine birds in general.
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