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Birds of Melanesia:
Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia
Guy Dutson
Illustrated by Richard Allen, Adam Bowley, John Cox & Tony Disley

Paperback | 2012 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691153506


Melanesia harbors an amazing range of endemic bird species and subspecies, many of which are poorly known. Birds of Melanesia is the first comprehensive field guide to all 501 species found in the Bismarck Archipelago, Bougainville, the Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. This beautifully illustrated guide features 86 color plates that depict almost every species--including many endemic subspecies--and many of the plates are arranged by island group for easy reference. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features and distribution, as well as key features for all subspecies. Distribution bars are also given for all species except extreme vagrants.

  • Covers all 501 species recorded in Melanesia, 204 of which are endemic
  • Features 86 color plates that illustrate almost every species
  • Provides detailed species accounts
  • Includes distribution bars for all species except extreme vagrants


"It's a pleasure to leaf through this guide, which serves very well indeed the author's and artists' intention to 'stimulate the study and conservation' of the beautiful birds of a remote and alluring part of the globe."--Rick Wright, American Birding Association blog

"I'm not going to re-iterate nor bore you with flowery praise--this is what it is--a field guide and 100% fit for purpose."--Fatbirder

"[A] pleasure to hold and a joy to look at. . . . The paintings of the Solomons cockatoo, Cacatua ducorpsii, are gorgeous, with accurate (and evocative!) colours and poses. The painting of this species in flight is just so lovely, so delicately rendered that I can almost hear this bird shrieking joyfully as it flies through the skies."--Devorah Bennu, GrrlScientist (hosted by The Guardian)

"In a single volume, it features all the birds of Melanesia, including the Bismarcks, the Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. Here, too, is useful information on the islands, their geology, climate, and vegetation, along with a short overview of Melanesian ornithology, birding etiquette, and the high levels of endemism that these islands offer. . . . I hope that this book encourages birders to visit, not just to tally the rarities but also to engage with the islanders in their efforts to reduce hunting pressure and habitat destruction."--Alan McBride, ABA Blog


"Dutson is one of the most experienced ornithologists in this little-known region, and this book is an excellent addition to Princeton's acclaimed series of field guides. The scholarship is outstanding and the text and species accounts are clear, concise, and very well written. Any birder visiting Melanesia will need this book, without doubt."--Susan Myers, author of Birds of Borneo

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