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"In the heavyweight class and it will surely offer very interesting reading."--Alula
"This is a beautifully produced book, with an extremely thorough text, which every enthusiast of southeast Asian birds will want to own."--Nick Dymond, British Birds
"This is a scholarly work and a great advance on anything so far produced for this important area. The book is an invaluable reference and should be an essential addition to any serious ornithological library."--David Clugston, Scottish Bird News
"The text is superbly done, and the book will become the standard reference for years to come."--Choice
"Comprehensive and highly detailed volume bringing together the latest information gathered from recent research on birds in this area."--BBC Wildlife
"An essential addition to the libraries of all ornithologists with a keen interest in the region. . . . It justifiably reflects the colossal amount of work that has obviously gone into this high-class production."--Pete Davidson, Birding World
"The book represents a major contribution to the ornithological literature of Southeast Asia, and David Wells must be congratulated."--David Blakesley, Ibis
"A world-class handbook."--Winging It
David Wells, in early 1961, moved to Malaya to work on munias for a PhD. While there, he also assisted with the general ringing then being run in connection with arborvirus studies (later, Dr. H.E. McClure's M.A.P.S. programme) and, in addition, helped found and edit (and some years later returned to) the Malayan Nature Society's Bird Report - for 25 years the main repository of records from Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Personal research interests there have included sustained, fixed-site ringing studies in Lowland rain forest; migration and the biology of wintering migrants, especially in forest; shorebird biology; and taxonomic and faunistic issues, in connection with which quests for specimen-data have taken him to the main museum collections of three continents. On an occasional basis, he has made many exploratory trips in the region, including to proposed conservation areas, and participated in internationally organised expeditions, to Mts. Benom and Lawit in the Peninsula, Mulu in Sarawak and Ulu Temburong in Brunei. Other, more applied areas of interest have included work on Barn Owls as controllers of paddyland rats (owl nest-boxes are now official pest-control policy in Malaysian rice agriculture), and a long-standing commitment to wildlife conservation and surrounding environmental issues - pursued through the Malayan Nature Society (one-time council member), the board of trustees of WWF Malaysia (with special interest in promoting state-based conservation strategies) and as co-founder and first chairman of Interwader, later Asian Wetland Bureau. Reports, chapters in edited volumes, and his various papers deal mostly with S.E. Asian ornithology, and in 1976, with Lord Medway and I.C.T. Nisbet, he co-wrote the fifth and final volume of The Birds of the Malay Peninsula, rounding-off and up-dating a pre World-War II handbook series begun by H.C. Robinson. The current book, volume 2 of which he is working on from his new base in England, is its natural successor.