Mammals of South Asia (Lynx Edicions)

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Beside India, Lynx Illustrated Checklist of the Mammals of South Asia covers Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Mammals of South Asia follows the latest taxonomy, describes all the species recorded within the region and provides a range map for each species.

“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia, edited by Yong Ding Li & Low Bing Wen. And now I am holding the “The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia” – an expanded and fully updated second edition of “The 100 Best Birdwatching Sites in Southeast Asia”. Low Bing Wen is a terrestrial ecologist and a keen birdwatcher with more than 20 years of field experience in Southeast Asia, India, China and Australasia.

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Animal Release in Asia

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Birding crème de la crème: Asia – Corbett to Taman Negara

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Hence, for the rest of the world, I lowered my threshold to 400 and that worked well in Africa, but I soon discovered that for Asia I need to go further down, to 300. In this first part, I’ll focus on continental Asia, its south and south-east (Oriental region).

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Excellent Group for Animal Rights in Asia

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Please consider Animals Asia for your future donations. animal abuse animal cruelty china asiaI love this organization and have supported them for a few years now. They do important work.

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Support Animals Asia

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I recently wrote my first check to Animals Asia. They are doing very important work on animal welfare in Asia. Our Mission "The mission of the Animals Asia Foundation is to improve the lives of all animals in Asia, end cruelty and restore respect for animals Asia-wide." Tags: bears bile farming asia I especially appreciate the work they do on those horrific bear bile farms that are really just a form of torture for the animal.

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Pet Trade Taking Toll on Southeast Asia

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe & Asia: An Identification Guide

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide by Sébastien Reeber is an exhaustively comprehensive reference book that is sure to bring joy to the heart of every birder who slowly scopes through the hundreds of ducks in the local marsh or bay and eventually, after an hour or so, looks up, smiles, and says, “I have a Eurasian Teal.” Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide is a serious book for serious birders.

Hill Mynas: A Touch of Tropical Asia in Miami

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Miami, Florida has a reputation among the birding community for being overrun with exotic bird species. It is well-deserved. Spot-breasted Oriole , Purple Swamphen , Common Myna , White-winged Parakeet , Red-whiskered Bulbul and Monk Parakeet are the ones that garner the most attention among those interested in listing, since they are ABA-countable.

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Schoolkids Across Asia Team Up to Save the Spoon-Billed Sandpiper

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Photo by JJ Harrison/Wikimedia Commons. Children are cute. So are Spoon-billed Sandpipers. And when you have adorable children coloring adorable pictures of Spoon-billed Sandpipers for an animated video about saving said Sandpipers, my friends, you have officially pushed the cute meter to the limit. For proof, check out this behind-the-scenes look at the video-creation process. Hat tip to Clare M. for the scoop!)

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Man Busted for Bear Gall Bladders in Washington State

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Note the Asia connection again. Tags: seattle State of Washington gall bladders poaching bears asia This happened in my own State of Washington. We allow hunters to shoot bears, but not to sell their parts.

Birds of Japan by Otani Chikara

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Being a European birder, I find it particularly interesting to discover which of “my birds” extend their ranges through Asia all the way into this Pacific island country, and it is especially fascinating to see the diversity of stilts, woodcocks and snipes as one goes further east.

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Moon Bears Rescued from Bile Farm in Vietnam

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Thank Animals Asia for the rescue. Tags: taiwan Traditional Chinese Medicine bear bile china asia It's great that they were saved, but t hey arrived at the rescue center in wretched condition. Moon bears are rare, which makes this all the sadder. Please note that the illegal bile farm was Taiwanese-owned. Again, the China connection. I can't read such stuff without being sickened by my species. They are an amazing organization that we support financially.).

Singapore a Transit Hub for Trafficking

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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Located in Southeast Asia is Thailand with 1050 birds, some 400 of them birdable in three weeks. Trips Africa Asia Borneo Costa Rica Ecuador Ghana Guyana Malaysia PNG Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe South America Sri Lanka Tahiti Thailand Uganda world birdwatchPresuming that you want to bird Costa Rica, you would book a southbound flight (from N. America) or westbound (from Europe). Yet, for most people, birders are all eccentric. What if you were truly eccentric?

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Interpol Makes Arrests in Tiger Smuggling

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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201-400 sp: Madagascar, north African countries; European countries; Asia Minor, Arabian Peninsula, Mongolia. Trips Africa Asia Central America South America world birdwatchSummer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website.

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Ivory Bigger than Drugs in Africa

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Trafficking in ivory and game meat has become one of the most lucrative illegal trades in Africa due to rising demand in Asia, experts said on Friday. "In Tags: wildlife crime ivory africa trafficking asia elephants Sad, sad, sad. Why doesn't this greed ever end? Ivory means NOTHING. It's just a material. There is no magic, no power, NOTHING to it. And even with all the public education and media attention, there is just no abatement in demand. It's just so frustrating!

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Tiny Asian bird discovered as sole member of ancient family. Who’s next?

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Timaliidae is currently thought to contain 50-odd babbler species distributed across southern and eastern Asia. Birding Asia genetics taxonomy and systematics

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Kenyans Seize Huge Amount of Illegal Ivory

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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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Trips Africa Asia I Am Birder South America world birdwatchWhat are the best countries for a passionate birder to move to? And why? I discovered this map a while ago, hidden somewhere at the not so easy to navigate BirdLife International’s website, and I have used it as my computer wallpaper ever since. Usually, I interchange some birdy wallpapers several times per month, but this one has stayed for several months already.

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Lake Tahoe Bear Poached for Gall Bladder

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State wildlife officials are investigating a possible poaching case in which someone removed the gallbladder of a black bear -- which can sell for thousands of dollars in Asia -- after the animal was struck and killed this week by a car in the Lake Tahoe area. Tags: bear poaching asia Sounds like a crime of opportunity. Beware the disturbing photo.

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Attempt to Recover Sumatran Rhino Species

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Hong Kong Trip Report: February 2014

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We’re lucky to read about his adventures and observations regularly on this site, but the Asia page on his own brilliant blog is required reading for any birder heading to Hong Kong. Trips Asia Hong Kong Trip Report The sprawling city-state of Hong Kong is, without a doubt, one of the great capitals of the world, a gleaming metropolis where centuries of Eastern and Westerns culture blend with commerce to produce a true 21st century society.

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Birding Hokkaido

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Other great birds here included a flock of Asian Rosy-Finches and a Siberian Rubythroat that should have been several thousand miles away in Southeast Asia. Trips Asia Hokkaido Japan Ian Davies lives in Manomet, Massachusetts, and is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in Widlife Ecology and Conservation.

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Pulling Birds at Panti Forest in Malaysia

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Asia is home to all kinds of cuckoos, but none are as elaborately colorful as malkohas with those gaudy faces and painted bills. Con is a master at his craft and an uncanny resource on the birds of Singapore, Malaysia, and much of Asia. Trips Asia MalaysiaJOHOR, MALAYSIA, DECEMBER 2012 – If you’re traveling to Singapore for birding, you might want to think outside the box or, in this case, the island.

Yellow Bittern

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It is an adherent to fresh water lakes, canals and swamps from India through East Asia, Indonesia and New Guinea. Birds Asia bitterns Singapore Yellow BitternThis weeks post is driven by a glut of pictures and the need to clear the air with a small confession. Yellow Bitterns ( Ixobrychus sinensis ) showed strongly during a recent trip to Singapore and on occasion it would have been impossible to pose them any better than they were already doing themselves.

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24 Hours (or so) in Kuala Lumpur

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Whether or not species are lifers or not in Asia for me is actually something of a guess, as my note-taking when I visited the region 10 years earlier could charitably be described as sloppy, and while I have some lists I lost a lot of sighting. Birding city birds Malaysia South East Asia urban habitatLiving in New Zealand is fun and all, don’t get me wrong.

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Sungei Buloh – Singapore’s Finest Wetlands

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Trips Asia features Singapore sungei bulohSINGAPORE, DECEMBER 2012 – Ask any birder where you should go birding in Singapore and the short list will always include Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve , this city-state’s finest wetlands. Winter can be particularly auspicious, since that’s when migratory shorebirds descend upon the area. Since I was in Singapore in winter, Sungei Buloh seemed like the best place to kick off my introduction to Southeast Asian avifauna.

Orange-headed Thrush

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Orange-headed Thrush Orange-headed Thrush By Redgannet • March 6, 2011 • 18 comments Tweet Share The Orange-headed Thrush , Zoothera citrinus, is common across much of India and south-east Asia.

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Grey2K Looks at Macau Racing Course

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There is only one greyhound racing course in Asia and that is in Macau which now belongs to China. American organization Grey2K visited it and expressed concerns about treatment of the greyhounds both during their racing careers and once they are over. greyhounds dog racing china macau

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Nice, Nice Birding in Narita

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Trips Asia features Japan layoverNARITA, JAPAN, DECEMBER 2012 – The art and science of layover birding deserves more rigorous study and perhaps a federal grant. From what airports should one sally forth during a layover of many hours? Better yet, what airports are worth converting that layover to a full-fledged stopover of 24 hours or more?

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Dollarbirds are back in Broome

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Dollarbirds left Broome earlier this year to return to Asia. They had arrived from Asia and were being chased away by Torresian Crows. It remains on the power line waiting for a mate to arrive from Asia.

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24 Hours in Bangkok; Bang Pra

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I must confess I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, as the related Australian White Ibis is something of a trash bird in Sydney, but this species is extremely rare in Thailand or for that matter South East Asia. Birding Asia Bangkok layover storksWell, I made it to the UK and am now enjoying the cold and dark in what should be my winter. No matter, the warm fire and comforts of home are nice, as is the winter birding here.

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Swarovski Skills Camp, or men and their toys

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And, expectedly, the advice was: you should significantly lower your prices and move production to Asia. Yesterday evening I got home from the second Swarovski Skills Camp at Lake Neusiedl in the east of Austria.

Japan Mad about Banning Bluefish Tuna Fishing

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Considering Japan's history in East Asia, it is seriously ironic to me that they throw the word "imperialism" around. I'm not surprised considering their attitude about whale meat. Apparently, it's all "cultural imperialism. Give me a break. The article's writer is a bit more objective about this than I am.) By the way, the proposed ban was defeated. We'll see how long this fishery lasts before it too goes extinct.

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Welsh Report Shows Increased Animal Research at Cardiff University

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In four years it experimented on 157,839 mice, 17,324 rats, 11,096 fish, 1,941 birds, 1,253 guinea pigs, 933 pigeons, 884 frogs, 207 cats, 54 rabbits and 18 tree shrews from the tropics of south-east Asia. Here's an article about an increase in animal experiments at Cardiff University in Wales. According to a Wales on Sunday investigation, the number of animals used at Cardiff has risen by 13 percent since 2006.

Flight Identification of European Passerines and Select Landbirds

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850 illustrations by Tomasz Cofta are both accurate and stunning, and 2,400 photos by Michal Jakuj and 189 other photographers from Europe and Asia are good documentary shots.

People Who Want to Ban Circus Animals are Bozos?

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Henican writes: The truth of the matter, of course, is that most city kids will never have the chance to visit the wilds of Africa and Asia, assuming there are any wilds left in the decades to come. In "Council Bozos Want to Ban Circus Animals in City" Ellis Henican ridicules the New York City Council for introducing a bill to ban the "display of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement."

Last Call for Wrens!

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I’ll also take any bird that has wren in the name, like Fairy Wrens of Australia and Wren Babblers of Asia. You’ve got till the end of the night to get me your wren posts and photos for the next I and the Bird! Send them to naswick AT gmail.com and put IATB in the subject line. Thanks! Birding

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Threatened Birds of Nanhui, Shanghai

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This means that every year, millions of birds fly by the city on their way between their breeding grounds in Northern Asia and their wintering spots in Southeast Asia and Australia. By some measures, Shanghai is the most populated city in the world.

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Group Seeks to Ban Chinese Fur Trade with Australia

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Verna Simpson, director for Asia Pacific of HIS, estimated about 10 million domestic dogs in China are killed yearly for their fur. GRUESOME! Excerpted from the International Business Times. Humane Society International (HSI) called on Wednesday for a ban on the fur trade to Australia. The call was issued after the animal rights group discovered that the fur were sourced from the raccoon dog in China, ABC Radio Australia reports.

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A xxxxxxxx of Woodswallows

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By the way Woodswallows are chunky little insectivorous birds found in the south Pacific, Australia and southern and eastern Asia. It is winter here on the east coast of Australia. So we are entitled to complain about the cold.

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