The belt of islands leading from Australia northeastward to Hawaii offers any number of choice birders' destinations: some 20 families (cassowaries, logrunners, and honeycreepers, for instance) are endemic, while another hundred or so are common, including most of the world's birds of paradise species and an astonishing variety of sunbirds, flycatchers, and nightjars. Wheatley, an accomplished birder and writer, offers a guide to some 200 destinations, with notes on endemic and characteristic populations, other regional wildlife, and lodging and other services. --Gregory McNamee
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The fourth guide in a series covering birdwatching sites in the great continents. It describes almost 150 sites in detail and many more in passing. It's primary aim is to help birders make the most of their trips, detailing the endemic and special" birds to be found at each site as well as the more common and "usual" species. Countries are treated alphabetically, with all the practical information required to make the most of a trip and to avoid wasted time. Included are detailed maps and line drawings."