The country of Malaysia comprises two halves separated by the South China Sea, the Peninsula and East Malaysia, the latter made up of Sabah and Sarawak. Most of the many Bornean endemic birds can be found in the two latter states, 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, 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’. Whether you are planning a comprehensive birding tour of the Peninsula 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.