Bird Field Guide Book for Java

To: Steve Potter <>, Birding-Aus <>, "" <>
Subject: Bird Field Guide Book for Java
From: Tom Wilson <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 07:03:23 +0000
I think Steve Potter may be referring to “A Photographic Guide to the Birds of 
Indonesia” by Morten Strange.  It is comprehensive in that it covers of about 
910 species but it covers all of Indonesia from Sumatra to West Papua.  It does 
have pretty good range maps that help direct ones checking.  I bought mine at 
Jogjakarta airport in 2012.  Sadly, my only birding on that trip was done when 
I was out with my bigger conference group (although quite a few birds at 
Borobudur) or in the hotel grounds (Hyatt Jogjakarta). I would have liked to 
cover Merapi, but it was only recently post-eruption (I think) so access was 
Tom Wilson

From: Steve Potter 
Sent: Friday, June 3, 2016 1:59 PM
To: Birding-Aus ;  
Subject: Bird Field Guide Book for Java

Hi Stephen
Yes MacKinnon is still the only field guide. There is also a good photo guide. 
It doesn’t have everything but it is helpful. 
You can pick it up at most airports. Jakarta (Garuda) has a book shop next to 
Roti Boy. "Buns to Die for”. :)

I have a name of a guide in Yogya if you are interested. He took me up GN 
Merapi for a morning. Also the coast is worth a look.

Steve Potter
Bird Tours SA
m: (+61) 0407398234

Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 12:35:33 +1000
From: "Stephen Ambrose" < <>>
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Hi All,

I may be heading to Java (Yogyakarta to be precise) on a business trip later
this year and I'm looking for the best bird field guide book for the region.

I have the 2004 reprint of MacKinnon, J. & Phillipps, K. 1993. A Field Guide
to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali (Oxford University Press,
Oxford), but I wondered if there are other field guides that are just as
useful or better.  MacKinnon & Phillipps has texts describing distributions,
but does not contain maps, plus the main text is in a separate part of the
book to the plates .  I'm also guessing that the taxonomy is a bit dated.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,


Stephen Ambrose

Ambrose Ecological Services Pty Ltd

Ryde NSW
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