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Phillipps’ Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo:
Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan
Fully Revised Third edition
Quentin Phillipps & Karen Phillipps

Paperback | 2014 | $35.00 | ISBN: 9780691161679
384 pp. | 6 x 8 | 141 color illus. 579 color maps.

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This is the fully revised and updated third edition of an acclaimed field guide to the birds of Borneo, covering Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan. The result is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and user-friendly guide to the island’s remarkably diverse birdlife. The book covers all 673 species living or reported on Borneo, including all 59 endemic species. Each species is superbly illustrated in 141 color plates containing more than 2,000 full-color bird images, which provide multiple large views of each species, including most of the sexual variants and immature forms of polymorphic species. Each plate is accompanied by facing-page species descriptions covering taxonomy, size, call, range, distribution, habits, and status. Distribution is also shown with 567 detailed color thumbnail maps on facing pages. Other features include seven habitat plates, twelve regional maps showing Borneo’s top 90 birding sites, fast-find identification plates to the birds of Kinabalu and other habitats, and a full overview of Borneo’s vegetation, climate, and ecology. This is a guide that any outdoor visitor to the island will treasure.

  • The most up-to-date, comprehensive, and user-friendly guide to the birds of Borneo
  • Features handy, facing-page format
  • Illustrates and describes all 673 species, including 59 endemics
  • Contains more than 2,000 superb full-color images, providing multiple large views of each species, and 567 color maps
  • Describes and maps Borneo’s top 90 birding sites
  • Includes fast-find identification plates to the birds of Kinabalu and other habitats
  • Provides a full overview of Borneo’s vegetation, climate, and ecology

Quentin Phillipps is a native of Borneo who has been fascinated by its wildlife and natural history since he was a child. At age seventeen, he won a wildlife photography competition with the first-ever picture of a nesting Chestnut-headed Thrush, taken at Poring. Karen Phillipps is a native of Borneo who has illustrated many books on Asian wildlife, including A Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo, A Field Guide to the Birds of China, and The Birds of Sulawesi.


"Neat: that pretty much sums up my initial experience with Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo. And the more time that I spend with it, the neater it becomes. I don't normally just read a field guide. And yet, I find myself doing just that with this book. This guide has so many unconventional features that draw you in that I'm consistently intrigued and compelled to read more."--Grant McCreary, Birder's Library

Praise for previous editions:"A brilliant birding companion both for beginners and seasoned birders, and an excellent reference work, not only on Borneo's birds, but on other remarkable fauna and flora."--Ibis: The International Journal of Avian Science

Praise for previous editions:"This is the book I wish I had when I first visited Sabah--a wonderful book, which I could not recommend more highly."--Frederick H. Sheldon, Wilson Bulletin

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