Re: [Birding-Aus] Birding in Borneo – Part 1 - The Borneo Bird Festiva

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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Birding in Borneo – Part 1 - The Borneo Bird Festival, 10-15 October 2009
From: David Adams <>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 16:12:49 +1100
On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 3:41 PM, Gary Wright
<> wrote:
> Hi David
> Can you give the details of the field guides you mentioned?

Historically, two books have been commonly used:

"A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bail"
John MacKinnon & Karen Phillipps
This book is out of print and hard to obtain. The binding falls apart
and you're really left wishing for a modern guide.

"A Pocket Guide to the Birds of Borneo"
Compiled by Charles M. Francis - published by the Sabah Society.
This is a tiny pocket book with the plates from the (enormous) "Birds
of Borneo" by Smythies - I think from the 1950's. By now, it's not all
that useful.

Robson's South-East Asia guide was the only modern guide available
until recently - but doesn't cover the Bornean endemics. (I like
Robson and it's been well worth taking to Borneo.) Now there are two
new guides. I've ordered both but have seen neither:

"Birds of Borneo: Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak, and Kalimantan"
Susan Myers - Her new blog is at

"Phillipp's Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo: Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei
and Kalimantan"
Quentin Phillipps

I'm looking forward to seeing these books, hearing what other people
report about them and, ultimately, field testing them!

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