Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 1-6

Contents

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pp. 7-8

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Preface

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pp. 9-10

...than doubled, economic development—particularly mining and logging—has accelerated, and the loss of habitat has increased proportionately. On the brighter side, vast tracts of wilderness remain, several international conservation organizations have joined forces with local governments to protect...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 11-12

...Rita Fenwick, Will and Judy Hancock, Honolulu Zoo, Bruce Irish, Peter Kaestner, Mary King, Warren King, Allan Keith, James Kushlan, Thomas Lovejoy, Ernst Mayr, John Mitchell, Leo Model Foundation, Frank Parlier, Roger Pasquier, John H. R. Plews, Steve Plewes, Brenda Pratt, C. Dudley Pratt Jr., Bob...

Abbreviations

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pp. 13-13

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1. Introduction

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pp. 14-16

...kingfishers, owlet-nightjars, and especially the oscine passerines or songbirds. The latter include hundreds of small insectivores belonging to numerous families centered on the region, and most renowned of all, the birds of paradise and bowerbirds. The uniqueness of the ancient passerine lineages that evolved in the region are only now coming to light with the detailed molecular systematic studies that...

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2. How to Use This Book

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pp. 17-19

...from Rand and Gilliard (1967), the latest and most comprehensive source of measurements for New Guinea birds. In some cases, these were replaced by measurements from HANZAB for birds originating in Australia, or from other updated sources, or from measurements we made ourselves. For a few species, additional...

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3. New Guinea Natural History

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pp. 20-32

...portions of the earth’s crust, the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates. Collision of these plates has produced the landmass at the northern edge of Australia which is modern New Guinea; moreover, New Guinea has incorporated a series of island arcs over time. These separate components include a series of isolated mountain...

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4. In the Field in Search of Birds

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pp. 33-35

...learning vocalizations and luring shy vocal species into view. (4) A field notebook and pencil or pen with waterproof ink are advisable for notes on field marks, habits, calls, and unusual observations. (5) Loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and a hat with some sort of visor to shield the eyes from sun (or rain). It is...

Selected References

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pp. 36-38

Web Sources

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pp. 39-39

Plates

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pp. 40-261

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Species Accounts

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pp. 262-516

...These huge flightless birds stand from 1.0 to 1.7 m tall and weigh as much as 60 kg. The species are much alike, with shiny black, coarse, shaggy plumage, and bare face and neck that are pigmented blue, black, red, orange, and in some, yellow or white. The head is adorned with a helmetlike casque of hard, spongy tissue encased in a horny sheath. The casque is small in...

Index

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pp. 517-528