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Old Sunday 23rd April 2017, 18:31   #51
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Just seen that there will be a new guide for SE Asia and China south of the palearctic line by Norman Arlott.

It's due in early May in hardback and Kindle versions, but does not appear to include call/song or video in the e-version. I'll be very interested to see if it matches the standard of Mark Brazil's Birds of East Asia and Robson's birds of SE Asia.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Birds-South...=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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My review of the new Australian Bird Guide including an interview with one of the authors, Rohan Clarke.

https://www.chriswatson.com.au/blog/...ian-bird-guide

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Peter Harrison is working on a new book on seabirds due out (!) in 2020 according to the website an artist involved in the project - see http://www.hanslarssonbirdart.com/prints.html Given Harrison's depth of knowledge & the evident quality of Larsson's work (very reminiscent of Lars Jonsson) it should be a cracker!
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https://www.chriswatson.com.au/blog/...ian-bird-guide

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I just had a pre-publication offer from Lynx for the Papua New Guinea guide promising it for 25th May! They obviously move damn fast when they get going since I know that the cover and back flap details were only finalised this week! I'm not even sure that the author knows when it's due as I only had an email from him a few days back & he didn't mention it.
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I fear that the three proposed Shirihai books won't be published this year. There are no new information and there are no book cover so far. So the scheduled release date August 10 might be no more correct. So we have to wait somewhat longer but I hope It will be still this decade.
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The Lynx New Guinea field guide (it reaches areas others fail to reach as it covers the whole of New Guinea & nearby islands, not just PNG) has just been delivered by the printers & a video of someone thumbing through it can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/lynxeds/?hc...MELINE&fref=nf
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Joseph Forshaw is currently preparing the first ever book on extinct parrots

Vanished and Vanishing Parrots
Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species
Joseph Forshaw, Frank Knight
- See more at: http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/6517/#news
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The Lynx New Guinea field guide (it reaches areas others fail to reach as it covers the whole of New Guinea & nearby islands, not just PNG) has just been delivered by the printers & a video of someone thumbing through it can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/lynxeds/?hc...MELINE&fref=nf
Looks like it's identical in form and style to Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago. Which means it's probably going to be too heavy for convenient field use. Let's hope it has a better index of English names!
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Looks like it's identical in form and style to Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago. Which means it's probably going to be too heavy for convenient field use. Let's hope it has a better index of English names!
Pretty much so as it the same format but, at 464 pages, has 30 odd fewer pages. I guess the size is the price you pay for comprehensive coverage. I've not seen the Indonesian guide so can't comment on its index but the same publisher's English-language version of the 'Birds of Spain' was also dreadful. Listing birds alphabetically under whatever the first word in their name happens to be is fraught with difficulty made worse by an unfamiliar taxonomy and, in some cases, less familiar colloquial English names too. For example, Western Olivaceous Warbler is listed under "I" for Isabelline Warbler, obviously . The new 'Birds of Australia' has a similarly useless index listing birds by their first name rather than by group. I do hope its not part of an international trend!
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........... The new 'Birds of Australia' has a similarly useless index listing birds by their first name rather than by group. I do hope its not part of an international trend!
I suspect it's the easiest way to compile an index. No manpower needed, just a small program. And many of those who do the printer's job are no birders anyway. Nevertheless, there are obviously birders at the beginning of such a book. They definitely need to follow through till the end, or else the blame will rest on them.
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I suspect it's the easiest way to compile an index. No manpower needed, just a small program. And many of those who do the printer's job are no birders anyway. Nevertheless, there are obviously birders at the beginning of such a book. They definitely need to follow through till the end, or else the blame will rest on them.
I fear you're right & the trend is to cut costs by not using a professional indexer but a poor, albeit very cheap, program. However, you'd have thought that Lynx would have staff with a background in such things to know by now (they must have seen the complaints!) that the computer model being used was useless for field guides. Besides, I'm sure they could have bunged someone a few hundred quid to take the computer generated index into something more practical.
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I fear you're right & the trend is to cut costs by not using a professional indexer but a poor, albeit very cheap, program. However, you'd have thought that Lynx would have staff with a background in such things to know by now (they must have seen the complaints!) that the computer model being used was useless for field guides. Besides, I'm sure they could have bunged someone a few hundred quid to take the computer generated index into something more practical.
I think I have read somewhere that the New Guinea book will have a better index. Hope it's not just wishful thinking or a dream on my part.

EDIT: OK, here it is, from the Lynx site after my complaint and expressed fears:We are aware of the issue concerning the index of “Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas & Wallacea”, and it will be rectified in the second edition. The common names may be found in the index to “Birds of New Guinea. Including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville”. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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I think I have read somewhere that the New Guinea book will have a better index. Hope it's not just wishful thinking or a dream on my part.

EDIT: OK, here it is, from the Lynx site after my complaint and expressed fears:We are aware of the issue concerning the index of “Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas & Wallacea”, and it will be rectified in the second edition. The common names may be found in the index to “Birds of New Guinea. Including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville”. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Let's hope so although I'm not entirely sure that the author is 100% confident!
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Phil Gregory's "Birds of New Guinea" has just been delivered and I can say, without hesitation, that it is the finest bird guide on the market. This is not because the text is so well done (although it is) nor because the illustrations are excellent (although they are) but because I find myself flatteringly sharing the dedication with Phil's family and generously thanked in the first lines of the acknowledgements. It really was great fun to act as Phil's 'useful idiot' and a terrific learning process too, all I've got to do now is visit the damn place!
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Phil Gregory's "Birds of New Guinea" has just been delivered and I can say, without hesitation, that it is the finest bird guide on the market. This is not because the text is so well done (although it is) nor because the illustrations are excellent (although they are) but because I find myself flatteringly sharing the dedication with Phil's family and generously thanked in the first lines of the acknowledgements. It really was great fun to act as Phil's 'useful idiot' and a terrific learning process too, all I've got to do now is visit the damn place!
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Thanks, Mike. Evidently, Phil thought so too but I was very touched.
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Alice Cibois and Jean-Claude Thibault will publish a book on the birds of Eastern Polynesia this summer. Including extinct species.

Birds of Eastern Polynesia

http://www.lynxeds.com/product/birds-eastern-polynesia
Pre-order email just arrived to my inbox on this one...cheap too...

If I were a certain gentleman writing a guide to Argentina I'd be getting a move on I reckon...the Lynx machine is beginning to crank out these "gap-fillers" at quite the rate...

One assumes Philippines (surely authored by Hutchinson et al??) should be in progress along with China (I'd like to see a Sibley approach here and have regional guides not a full China guide)

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Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds (Shirihai and Svensson) will be published (in two volumes) on 26th July 2018.

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Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds (Shirihai and Svensson) will be published (in two volumes) on 26th July 2018.

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Thanks Jim,
any news on Argentina, a recent rumour had it available next month but that's been unverified?

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David Brewer: Birds New to Science: 50 Years of Avian Discoveries

Scheduled for September 2017

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Postponed to January 2018

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Does that mean that the title will now be changed to "Birds New to Science: 51 Years of Avian Discoveries"?
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Does that mean that the title will now be changed to "Birds New to Science: 51 Years of Avian Discoveries"?
I think the period will run from 1960 to 2009. And as you can read in the NHBS link they have also the chapters

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Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds (Shirihai and Svensson) will be published (in two volumes) on 26th July 2018.

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I am slightly disappointed by Mr. Shirihai and his publishing company. I've never seen an author who has more announcements and postponements than him. Three books (FG Seabirds of the World and the two volumes of Birds of the World) by Shirihai have been announced for August 2017. But neither the publishing company Bloomsbury (A&C Black) has confirmed the release date (allegedly August 10, 2017) nor there is an alternate release date for these books.
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I am slightly disappointed by Mr. Shirihai and his publishing company. I've never seen an author who has more announcements and postponements than him. Three books (FG Seabirds of the World and the two volumes of Birds of the World) by Shirihai have been announced for August 2017. But neither the publishing company Bloomsbury (A&C Black) has confirmed the release date (allegedly August 10, 2017) nor there is an alternate release date for these books.

they will be outdated by the time they come out.....
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