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    Are your copies of Handbook of Birds of the World deteriorating with age?

    I am curious whether anyone else has trouble with copies of Handbook of the Birds of the World deteriorating with age more than other books? A number of my volumes, mainly from the middle of the series (about vol 4 – vol 9) now have bad stains, particularly on the end papers and first and last...
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    Birds of Cuba, a photographic guide

    A full, legit, free PDF copy of this 2020 book seems to be available at Birds of Cuba
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    Estrildid Finches of the World

    See https://finches.nl/
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    Nigel Collar talk to BOC on Preparing the Illustrated Checklist

    This Youtube video of a recent talk by Nigel Collar to the British Ornithologists Club will probably be of interest to a lot of readers of this forum. In it he discusses the challenges of trying to come up with a checklist of the birds of the world...
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    New book on Grasswrens

    I haven't seen this book yet, but there is a review at https://www.chriswatson.com.au/blog/grasswrens-australian-outback-identities There is a link to buy it at the bottom of the review. Or it is available from Andrew Isles...
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    A natural history of Australian parrots: a tribute to William T. Cooper.

    https://www.andrewisles.com/all-stock/publication/38895 This looks to be a reformatted, updated version of the previous Forshaw and Cooper books on Australian Parrots.
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    Bird Families of the World - Lynx Edicions

    The prepublication offer is up, and sample pages have been posted. http://www.lynxeds.com/product/bird-families-world Where the Illustrated Checklist is the abridged version of the species accounts from HBW, I suppose this is the abridged version of the family accounts. I'll be interested to...
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    Some Australian books on sale

    http://www.publish.csiro.au/catalogues/Stocktake_Sale_2015.htm#Birds Some good discounts here, and postage isn't too expensive either. Bird titles are: Australian High Country Owls Contributions to the History of Australasian Ornithology Vol 1 Contributions to the History of Australasian...
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    Where Song Began: Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World

    This new popular science book has just hit the shops in Australia. Details Extract
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    New Australian site guide

    A comprehensive all new Australian site guide hit the shops last week, Finding Australian Birds by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke. The publisher's web page http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6518.htm links to a Google preview. Murray
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    40 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Finches on Daphne Major Island

    I haven't seen this just published book by Peter and Rosemary Grant mentioned here so far: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10282.html The table of contents and first chapter are available for download.
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    Trip to Qinghai, China, June 2014

    I have a birding trip booked and definitely proceeding to Qinghai in China from 3-13 June and am looking for some more participants. We will be using Jesper Hornskov as guide. Main target species will be the Pink tailed Bunting / Przevalski’s Rosefinch that is in its own family. But in...
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    Bulletin of British Ornithologists Club - back issues online

    For anyone who is interested, many back volumes of the Bulletin of the BOC have been popping up on the Biodiversity Heritage Library in recent months, including volumes as recent as 2005. The link is: http://www.biodiversityheritagelibrary.org/bibliography/46639
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    eguide to Birds of Indian Subcontinent

    Just a heads up that the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent now appears to be available as an iPhone / iPod touch app. Given it's from the same publishers as the Sibley, Morcombe and Sasol apps, it will presumably become available on Android, Blackberry and Windows formats in due course. While I...
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    New Caledonia, April 2012

    Three of us just had a great three days of birding in New Caledonia. This was a much more successful trip than my 2003 one, where cyclone damage prevented me getting into Riviere Bleue. However it wasn’t without a few nervous moments as when we got to Riviere Bleue on the Thursday morning we...
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    Field guides on iPad via Kobo

    Has anyone tried downloading field guides that are available on kobo.com and using them on an iPad? They have a few available including Birds of East Asia. Do you get full access to all the plates? It isn't clear to me. Thanks Murray
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    Bird books going cheap

    NHBS have their backlist bargains sale on at the moment. A link to the bird books is here: http://www.nhbs.com/backlist_bargains.php?filter_web_top_level_category_facet=Ornithology&action=add_filter&page=1 Some useful books on sale include the China field guide, Ian Newton's recent books and...
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    Genetic Introgression in birds - paper

    I'm not sure if this has been mentioned previously. An interesting paper by Frank Rheindt and Scott Edwards entitled "Genetic Introgression: an integral but neglected component of speciation in birds", published in The Auk, is available at http://www.aou.org/auk/content/128/4/0620-0632.pdf
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    Bowerbirds by Friths - going cheap

    Another good book on sale cheap by Andrew Isles Bookshop - Bowerbirds, Nature, Art, History by Cliff and Dawn Frith for A$35. An interesting book, and with a wider scope than most bird books. www.andrewisles.com
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    Turacos by Forshaw and Cooper going cheap

    Andrew Isles bookshop has this book reduced from A$230 to A$60. www.andrewisles.com
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    Panti Forest, Malaysia, early September 2011

    I am going to Panti forest with a Singapore based guide on September 5-6 (and possibly for a third day). If anyone will be in the area and would like to come along and share costs please let me know. I intend to prioritise trying to see Rail-Babbler. Murray Lord Sydney
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    Any UK optics shops sell to customers outside EU?

    Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone can direct me to a UK optics shop that will sell to customers outside the EU? You wouldn't think it was a difficult ask, but it is. A lot say on their website that they only ship to the UK, or the EU. I have tried to contact some others to ask if they...
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    Morcombe Australian Field Guide now available as iPhone app

    I didn't know whether to put this in this forum or the software one. Anyway, for anyone who is interested, the Morcombe Australian field guide is now available as an iPhone / iPod touch app. Search for Australian birds in iTunes and you will find it. It has calls of all but a handful of the...
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    Top 100 Birding Sites of the World by Domenic Couzens

    Is there anyone out there who has a copy of this book and a scanner? One of my photos was published in it, but I have never seen a copy and would quite like to see the relevant pages. The photo was of a Long tailed Ground Roller. From a review I read, that part of Madagascar was listed as...
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    Albatross taxonomy, 2009 version

    Notornis, 2009, Vol. 56: 82-94 Phylogenetic analysis of the 24 named albatross taxa based on full mitochondrial cytochrome b DNA sequences GEOFFREY K. CHAMBERS, CASSIDY MOEKE, RYAN STEEL, JOHN W.H. TRUEMAN Abstract A stable evidence-based taxonomy is a critical requirement for the effective...