Renowned for their elaborate and dazzling plumages, the birds of paradise (Paradisaeidae) and bowerbirds (Ptilonohynchidae) exhibit some of the most astonishing behaviours in the avian kingdom. The former is the most iconic group of birds found in New Guinea, while the bowerbirds extend into Australia, and are perhaps best known for the males’ construction of avenue bowers, used to tempt females on the forest floor. This comprehensive monograph is dedicated to these two families, combining the product of more than two decades of research and scholarship with original observations by the author and many other knowledgeable contributors. Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds is the ultimate reference to these two groups. It provides a thorough guide to their identification, taxonomy and ecology, with detailed distribution maps accompanying the text. A series of beautifully illustrated plates by Richard Allen cover all of the 108 recognised taxa in these groups, with these supplemented by more than 200 photographs covering a range of racial and age-related plumage variety. This book is an indispensable addition to the libraries of all birders and ornithologists interested in these sensational birds.
Author Biography: PHIL GREGORY is an ornithologist, tour leader and author, with a passion for the fauna of New Guinea. He is especially interested in field identification, vocalisations, and the geographic distribution of birds. Phil was born in England and worked as a teacher in Nigeria, Zambia and Papua New Guinea, before settling in Australia. He is the author of Birds of New Guinea, and a contributing author to Handbook of Birds of the World and Field Guide to the Birds of North Queensland.