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The Following Reports are available from The East Indies:
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  • Reports available from Sumatra, Sulawesi, Lombok, Waykayan, Gede, Java, Flores and Komodo


  • Several reports available

Reports from Malaysia

  • Several reports available including the Mainland and Sabah (Borneo)


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Some Useful bird books for The East Indies:
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A Photographic guide to the birds of Indonesia
Morten Strange: Buy from or

  • The first comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of Indonesia ever available, this superb volume covers 686 species in one of the world's most diverse avifauna regions. The highlight of this book is its almost 700 stunning colour photographs--many appearing here for the first time. Attractive and easy to use, this guide is indispensable reading for all bird lovers.

Birding Indonesia
Paul Jepson: Buy from or

  • This guide to birdwatching in Indonesia contains travel tips and articles which cover many species of birdlife, with information on sightseeing tours to many little-known places. Detailed maps show the different habitats. There is an index of English and scientific names

A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali
John MacKinnon: Buy from or

  • This book provides a complete identification guide to the birds of this important region, including descriptions and colour illustrations of all 820 species found there, many of which do not occur anywhere else. Information is provided on where to look for endemic and insular forms and on major birding localities. Introductory chapters discuss habitats, climate, land-use, and conservation. This volume is intended for reference and for pleasure, for amateur and professional ornithologists, for birdwatchers and for tourists to Indonesia and region.

A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Craig Robson: Buy from or

  • A new flexi-cover edition of this superb and influential book is now available (UK) making it far more useful in the field. The birds of South-East Asia details the identification, voice, breeding, status, habitat and distribution of the 1250 species and distinctive sub-species of the region covering Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, West Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. The illustrations are excellent and Craig Robson's text reflects his position as one of the foremost ornithological authorities of S.E.Asia. Indispensable for anyone visiting the area.

Where to watch birds in Asia
Wheatley, Nigel: Buy from or

  • This guide to birdwatching in Asia deals with over 250 sites in detail, and more in passing, from Turkey to Thailand and India to Indonesia. It is designed as much for pre-planning birding trips as for use in the country or countries on the itinerary. The countries are dealt with alphabetically and after a general introduction, there are site details, which include a list of birds to be seen, organized under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities" and "Others"; a list of "Other Wildlife" is also included where there is something of particular interest.

A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines 
Robert Kennedy: Buy from or   

  • A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines" is the first and only guide that covers all 572 species of birds known to occur within the 7,100 islands that make up the Philippines. The Philippine avifauna includes some 170 endemics - species that are not found anywhere else in the world - and is thus of interest to avid birders around the world.

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia : Including the Philippines & Borneo
Morten Strange: Buy from or

  • Field Guide to the Birds of Mainland Southeast Asia covers the rare and exotic birds of the region including Malaysia, Thailand, Indochina, Borneo, South China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
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  • Though only illustrating 252 species (which is more than we saw!), this helped to clinch the identification of several species where the colours in Lekagul are poor (for Malaysian forms) e.g. Mountain Imperial Pigeon, and the two "chestnut" laughing thrushes...

Recommended travel books for The East Indies:

Lonely Planet : Indonesia's Eastern Islands
Peter Turner: Buy from or  

  • The tri-coloured lakes of Keli Mutu on Flores have a habit of changing colour in their volcanic craters. This guide includes travel information for Lombok, Flores, Sumbawa, Sumba, Timor, Komodo, Rinca, Alor and Solor Archipelagos, Roti and Sabu

Get by in Indonesian: the All-in-one Language and Travel Guide: Travel Pack
Diana Flint: Buy from   

  • Combining a language course with travel information, this pack consists of a guidebook for visitors to Indonesia, an accompanying audio-cassette, and a booklet which summarizes phrases and conversations and is designed for quick reference. The guidebook contains phrases, dialogues, a 1000-word dictionary, and information on topics such as transport, accommodation, shopping, food and drink, entertainments and emergencies. Fold-out flaps carry key phrases, numbers, a short pronunciation guide and a map. The cassette presents model dialogues and pronunciation tips.

Indonesia: the Rough Guide
Stephen Backshall: Buy from or  

  • Written since the coup, this guide covers practicalities of travel in this Southeast-Asian archipelago, from catching the right city "bemo" to negotiationg a boat ride, from wildlife and trekking to surfing and scuba, with directions to the best places to eat


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