Birds of the Philippines


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Birds of the Philippines Author: Format: Flexibound First Published: Published By: Lynx Edicions
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Birds of the Philippines

The world’s fifth-largest island nation comprises in excess of 7600 islands and islets, and is one of the most populous and ethnically diverse in all of Asia, with more than 180 native languages still spoken. To birders, however, the Philippines is famed for the country’s remarkable endemic avifauna. Of the 726 species or distinctive subspecies groups covered by this book, Birds of the Philippines, almost 300 occur nowhere else on Earth. Sadly, the looming threat of extinction, due to sometimes rampant and ongoing habitat loss and fragmentation, imperils many of these species: among the endemic birds, no fewer than 75 are categorized as Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered. These unsurprisingly include some of the Philippines most sought-after birds, from the stunningly beautiful Palawan Peacock-pheasant to the emblematic Philippine Eagle, via an array of secretive pigeons, spectacular kingfishers, hornbills and broadbills, fancy woodpeckers, no fewer than 17 owls, and of course many babblers and flycatchers. If this was not enticement aplenty, in addition to the resident backbone, the islands receive many visitors, including migrants moving between northern Asia and Australasia, whereas others such as the globally threatened Chinese Crested Tern have only recently been discovered to winter in the Philippines.

  • Taxonomy follows the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World.
  • Detailed texts covering status, habitat and behaviour, age, sex and geographical variation, voice, and confusion species.
  • Over 1615 illustrations covering all species and distinctive subspecies, birds in flight, males and females, juveniles and non-breeding plumages, where appropriate.
  • QR code for every species, linked to complementary audio-visual material.
  • More than 620 full-colour range maps for all regularly occurring species.
  • Well-marked subspecies groups receive full accounts, and the distributions of subspecies breeding in the region are clearly mapped.
  • Local conservation status included.


About the Author
Growing up among hills and forests in the UK Desmond Allen learned to love nature from an early age, going on to study ecology at the University of Cambridge. A love of adventure and exploration led to much travelling and birdwatching, especially in Asia, where he was based for 11 years teaching in Japan. Since 1994 he has particularly focused on the Philippines, drawn both by the interesting avifauna and the friendly people. He has written and co-authored many scientific papers on Philippine and other Asian birds, has been a member of both the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines Records Committee and the Philippine Birds Rarities Committee since inception, owns and/or moderates many Facebook wildlife groups and is the moderator for eBird Philippines. He helps out with wildlife and conservation projects, especially those involving bird-ringing, in the Philippines and the wider Asian region.

Weight1.1 kg




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