Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago, stretching over 3000km across the Pacific Ocean and holding over 1600 species of bird. A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Indonesia was the first publication, in 2001, to illustrate birds from throughout the country, but it only covered 686 species. Its author, Morten Strange, has now revised, updated and expanded the book to include 912 species, making it the first fairly comprehensive guide to the birds of Indonesia. 213 of these species are endemic residents found nowhere else in the world. Forty photographers have contributed to the book and the standard of the photos is generally excellent. They include recently discovered species, such as Togian and Cinnabar Owls, and unpublished species such as Geomalia and Buru Thrush. The accompanying notes are very useful, covering a brief description, voice and habits. There is also a complete annotated checklist to the 1,605 birds currently on the Indonesian list. My only minor criticism is that I would rather have seen more of the land-birds than some of the widespread waders and terns but I have no hesitation in strongly recommending this book to anyone interested in the birds of this fascinating part of the world.
Jon Hornbuckle, February 2013