The country of Malaysia comprises two halves separated by the South China Sea, the Peninsula and East Malaysia, the latter made up of the states of Sabah and Sarawak. In addition, this new guide also fully covers the independent Republic of Singapore, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.
Most of the many Bornean endemic birds can be found in East Malaysia, including a dazzling array of pheasants, frogmouths, trogons, pittas, thrushes, and two of the most recently described birds in the world, Spectacled Flowerpecker and Cream-eyed Bulbul, both named to science only in 2019.
The peninsula boasts some of the best lowland forest reserves in the Sundaic region, including the world-renowned Taman Negara National Park, as well as a variety of highland endemics at famous hill station birding sites like Fraser’s Hill.
Three monospecific and particularly striking families, the Pityriasidae (Bornean Bristlehead), Platylophidae (Crested Jay) and Eupetidae (Rail-babbler), are best searched for in Malaysia, making the country an essential destination for ‘family collectors’.
In addition to taking account of all the most recent taxonomic developments at the time of writing, the authors also highlight some potentially forthcoming changes. Complementing the plates, maps and species texts, the book’s introduction describes the region’s landscapes, habitats and climate, and provides tips on birding in Malaysia and Singapore, along with brief details of 50 of the best sites to visit.
Whether you are planning a comprehensive birding tour of the Peninsula and/or northern Borneo, or only to ‘escape’ for a few days while in Singapore, this new guide covers it all.
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 1825 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 775 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 species names included.
Features 851 species; 67 endemics or near-endemics, 28 introduced, 101 vagrants.
Over 1825 illustrations and more than 775 distribution maps.