Author: Bruce M Beehler & Thane K Pratt

Publisher: Princeton University Press 

ISBN:  9780691164243

TWO YEARS after their Birds of New Guinea: Second Edition was published, two leading American biologists have released an extended study of the nearly 800 species of bird fauna found in Papua New Guinea.

This book is an ideal complement to the earlier book and may be considered an essential technical reference for scientific libraries, ornithologists and those interested in bird classification.

Supporting a range of fauna including cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as the iconic birds of paradise and bowerbirds, PNG is home to more than 350 species of bird found nowhere else on Earth.

This comprehensive annotated checklist of distribution, taxonomy, and systematics of the birds of New Guinea brings together all the systematic, taxonomic, and distributional research conducted on the region’s bird families over the last 70 years.

All technical information is annotated and a geographic gazetteer and bibliography are included, alongside explanations of taxonomic and systematic classifications.

Bruce M. Beehler is a research associate of the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and a naturalist with interests in birds and forests.

Thane K. Pratt is a research associate at the B. P. Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii and a bird conservationist with a focus on the tropical Pacific.