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4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book..., 23 Mar. 2001
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This review is from: A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali: The Greater Sunda Islands (Paperback)
I reviewed this book two years ago- before I had been to Borneo. I was overly optimistic. It is a very useful book - I have travelled extensively in Borneo over the past two years and have always had it with me- I need a new copy as mine is now falling apart. There are however some misleading illustrations, text and some species confusion. One example is Scarlet and Temmincks Sunbird, several times I have met birders on Mt Kinabalu who are unaware of the mistake and don't realise there are different species. This is a good book to carry around but other reference books such as Craig Robson's SE Asian Birds (many species share the range), the new Smythies Bird's of Borneo help sort out confusion. In their defense they have done a good job given the difficulty in viewing some of the species. I assume some of the illustrations were derived from skins which must be difficult. Be aware of some of it's shortcomings but if you are travelling to Borneo buy this book!
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