Robinson & Chasen, Vols 1 - 4 (1927 - 1939)

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This webpage is dedicated to the late Dato Loke Wan Tho (1915-1964)

The late Dato Loke Wan Tho was a businessman, photographer, philanthropist and amateur naturalist. He had made contributions to ornithology and conservation, not only in Singapore but throughout the Orient. His interest in birds was consolidated during the Second World War when he was evacuated to India. There he came in contact with Salim Ali and accompanied him on several expeditions when the Indian State Surveys were being carried out by the Bombay Natural History Society. On his return to Singapore, though business matters left him little time for field studies, his philanthropy supported Asian ornithology extensively. He published several articles, but his best known work is a book entitled "A Company of Birds" (Loke, 1958), illustrated by his own photographs, many of which were taken in Singapore. He was killed in an air crash in Taiwan in June 1964.

H. C. Robinson, Curator of the Selangor Museum in Kuala Lumpur in 1903, first started work on the five-volume “Birds of Malay Peninsula”, which to this day, remain as one of the most important ornithological reference for Southeast Asia. In 1927 he published the first volume on the common birds, and in 1928 another volunme on montane species. He died in May 1929, unable to complete the project.

Frederick Nutter Chasen, Curator of the Raffles Museum in 1923, took over the project on the publication of “Birds of the Malay Peninsula”. Using many of Robinson's notes and papers, in 1936, he produced Volume III - Sporting birds; Birds of the Shore and Estuaries, in posthumous collaboration with Robinson. In 1939, Chasen (1939a) wrote Birds of the Malay Peninsula Volume IV (The Birds of the Low Country Jungle and Scrub). Chasen died in 1941 after his boat sunk while trying to escape from the Japanese during World World II. Much of his notes and records were lost with him, including his plans for Volume V of the Birds of the Malay Peninsula.

In 1975, Lord Medway (now Earl of Cranbrook) and David Wells completed Volume V of the Birds of the Malay Peninsula which had been started 48 years earlier by Robinson and had out-lived two successive authors. The work summarised the knowledge of birds in this region up to that date, including the advances that had been made in Singapore. This last volume is not digitised in this project.

This webpage contains all the original text and colour plates figured in volumes 1-4 of the “Birds of Malay Peninsula”. Although written 80 years ago, the volumes remain an important reference for ornithologists working in Southeast Asia and a baseline for most authors who wrote field guides and bird books in this region. Yet, this book is also very rare in collections and not easily available to most students and laymen. The Raffles Museum has digitised these four volumes to allow everyone interested in Southeast Asian ornithology an easy access.

The chapters are arranged in pdfs as they appeared in the books, followed by all the colour plates.

These books are digitised by Wang Luan Keng.


Acknowledgements
Our sincere appreciation to Lady Yuen-Peng McNeice for partially funded this project. We thank the Science Library, National University of Singapore, for loan of the four volumes of books.


Robinson & Chasen, 1927-1939\Vol 1

01_Preface_TOC.pdf [ PDF ]
02_Map_Geography.pdf [ PDF ]
03_Zoogeography.pdf [ PDF ]
04_History.pdf [ PDF ]
05_Nomenclature.pdf [ PDF ]
06_Migration_Biblio.pdf [ PDF ]
07_List of birds.pdf [ PDF ]
08_Game birds.pdf [ PDF ]
09_Pigeons & Doves.pdf [ PDF ]
10_Coots Rails & Crakes.pdf [ PDF ]
11_Grebes.pdf [ PDF ]
12_Gulls Terns & Skimmers.pdf [ PDF ]
13_Plovers Sandpipers & Snipe.pdf [ PDF ]
14_Herons & Bitterns.pdf [ PDF ]
15_Storks.pdf [ PDF ]
16_Ibises & Spoonbills.pdf [ PDF ]
17_Cranes.pdf [ PDF ]
18_Ducks & Geese.pdf [ PDF ]
19_Frigate birds tropic birds etc.pdf [ PDF ]
20_Diurnal birds of prey.pdf [ PDF ]
21_Owls.pdf [ PDF ]
22_Parrots.pdf [ PDF ]
23_Rollers.pdf [ PDF ]
24_Kingfishers.pdf [ PDF ]
25_Hornbills.pdf [ PDF ]
26_Hoopoes.pdf [ PDF ]
27_Bee-eaters.pdf [ PDF ]
28_Goatsuckers.pdf [ PDF ]
29_Frogmouths.pdf [ PDF ]
30_Swifts.pdf [ PDF ]
31_Trogons.pdf [ PDF ]
32_Cuckoos.pdf [ PDF ]
33_Barbets.pdf [ PDF ]
34_Woodpeckers.pdf [ PDF ]
35_Broadbills.pdf [ PDF ]
36_Pittas.pdf [ PDF ]
37_Swallows.pdf [ PDF ]
38_Flycatchers.pdf [ PDF ]
39_Cuckooshrikes & Minivets.pdf [ PDF ]
40_Bulbuls.pdf [ PDF ]
41_Leafbirds.pdf [ PDF ]
42_Babblers.pdf [ PDF ]
43_Wrens.pdf [ PDF ]
44_Thrushes.pdf [ PDF ]

45_Warblers.pdf [ PDF ]
46_Shrikes.pdf [ PDF ]
47_Nuthatches.pdf [ PDF ]
48_Titmice.pdf [ PDF ]
49_Crows Jays & Magpies.pdf [ PDF ]
50_Drongos.pdf [ PDF ]
51_Orioles.pdf [ PDF ]
52_Fairy Bluebirds.pdf [ PDF ]
53_Tree Starlings & Grackles.pdf [ PDF ]
54_Starlings.pdf [ PDF ]
55_True Finches.pdf [ PDF ]
56_Weaver finches & Rice birds.pdf [ PDF ]
57_Wagtails & Pipits.pdf [ PDF ]
58_Sunbirds & Spiderhunters.pdf [ PDF ]
59_Flowerpeckers.pdf [ PDF ]
60_Rubycheeks.pdf [ PDF ]
61_White-eyes.pdf [ PDF ]
62_Index.pdf [ PDF ]
Plate 10_Palm Swifts.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 11_Barbets.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 12_Pygmy Woodpeckers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 13_Woodpeckers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 14_Pittas.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 15_Swallows.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 16_Fantails.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 17_Ioras.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 18_Tailorbirds.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 19_Magpie Robins.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 1_doves.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 20_Bulbuls.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 21_Bulbuls.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 22_Sunbirds.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 23_Flowerpeckers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 24_Munias.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 25_Starlings.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 2_Crested Serpent Eagle.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 3_Falconet.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 4_Scops Owl.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 5_Parakeets.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 6_Kingfishers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 7_Bee eaters.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 8_Malaysian Eared Nightjar.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 9_Large-tailed Nightjar.jpg [ JPG ]

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Robinson & Chasen, 1927- 1939\Vol 2

01_Preface_TOC.pdf [ PDF ]
02_Geography.pdf [ PDF ]
03_Bibliography.pdf [ PDF ]
04_List of plates.pdf [ PDF ]
05_Games birds.pdf [ PDF ]
06_Pigeons & Doves.pdf [ PDF ]
07_Coots_Rails & Crakes.pdf [ PDF ]
08_Diurnal birds of prey.pdf [ PDF ]
09_Owls.pdf [ PDF ]
10_Kinfishers.pdf [ PDF ]
11_Hornbills.pdf [ PDF ]
12_Bee-eaters.pdf [ PDF ]
13_Goatsuckers.pdf [ PDF ]
14_Swifts.pdf [ PDF ]
15_Trogons.pdf [ PDF ]
16_Cuckoos.pdf [ PDF ]
17_Barbets.pdf [ PDF ]
18_Honeyguides.pdf [ PDF ]
19_Woodpeckers.pdf [ PDF ]
20_Broadbills.pdf [ PDF ]
21_Pittas.pdf [ PDF ]
22_Swallows.pdf [ PDF ]
23_Flycatchers.pdf [ PDF ]
24_Cuckoos.pdf [ PDF ]
25_Bulbuls.pdf [ PDF ]
26_Leafbirds.pdf [ PDF ]
27_Babblers.pdf [ PDF ]
28_Wrens.pdf [ PDF ]
29_Thrushes.pdf [ PDF ]
30_Warblers.pdf [ PDF ]
31_Shrikes.pdf [ PDF ]
32_Nuthatches.pdf [ PDF ]
33_Titmice.pdf [ PDF ]
34_Crows_Jays & Magpies.pdf [ PDF ]
35_Drongos.pdf [ PDF ]
36_Orioles.pdf [ PDF ]
37_Fairy Bluebirds.pdf [ PDF ]
38_True Finches.pdf [ PDF ]
39_Weaver Finches.pdf [ PDF ]
40_Wagtails & Pipits.pdf [ PDF ]
41_Flowerpeckers.pdf [ PDF ]
42_Rubycheeks.pdf [ PDF ]
43_White-eyes.pdf [ PDF ]
44_Sunbirds & Spiderhunters.pdf [ PDF ]
45_Index.pdf [ PDF ]
Plate 10_White-tailed Blue Flycatcher.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 11_Malaysian Niltava.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 12_Cuckoo-shrike.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 13_Criniger Bulbuls.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 14_Orange-bellied Leafbird.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 15_White-headed Babbler.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 16_Mueller's Babbler.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 17_Wren Babblers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 18_Siva & Mesia.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 19_Forktails.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 1_Jambu Fruit Dove.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 20_Warblers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 21_Drongos.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 22_Black-and-Crimson Oriol.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 23_Malay Bullfinch.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 24_Flowerpeckers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 25_Sunbirds.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 2_Hornbill.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 3_Barbets.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 4_Fire-tufted Barbet.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 5_Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 6_Bay Woodpecker.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 7_Bamboo Woodpecker.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 8_Piculets.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 9_Long-tailed Broadbill.jpg [ JPG ]
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Robinson & Chasen, 1927- 1939\Vol 3

01_Preface_TOC.pdf [ PDF ]
02_Geography.pdf [ PDF ]
03_Game birds.pdf [ PDF ]
04_Bustard quails.pdf [ PDF ]
05_Pigeons & Doves.pdf [ PDF ]
06_Coots Rails & Crakes.pdf [ PDF ]
07_Petrels Shearwaters & Albatrosses.pdf [ PDF ]
08_Gulls Terns & Skimmers.pdf [ PDF ]
09_Stone curlews Pratincoles Part 1.pdf [ PDF ]
10_Stone curlews Pratincoles Part 2.pdf [ PDF ]
11_Herons & Bitterns.pdf [ PDF ]
12_Storks.pdf [ PDF ]
13_Ibises & spoonbills.pdf [ PDF ]
14_Cranes.pdf [ PDF ]
15_Ducks & Geese.pdf [ PDF ]
16_Frigatebirds.pdf [ PDF ]
17_Index.pdf [ PDF ]
Plate 10_Crake.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 11_Swinhoe's Petrel.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 12_Black naped Tern.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 13_Large Sand Plover.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 14_Malaysian Plover.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 15_Nordmann's Greenshank.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 16_snipe.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 17_painted snipe.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 18_Reef Herons.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 19_Bitterns.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 1_Long billed Partridge.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 20_Chestnut Bittern.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 21_Painted Stork.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 22_Giant Ibis.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 23_Cotton Teal.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 24_Frigatebird.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 25_Darter.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 2_Tree Partidge.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 3_Roulroul.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 4_Wood Partridge.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 5_Thick billed Green Pigeon.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 6_Cinnamon headed Pigeon.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 7_Oranged breasted Pigeon.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 8_Green Imperial Pigeon.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 9_Pied Imperial Pigeon.jpg [ JPG ]
 
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Robinson & Chasen, 1927- 1939\Vol 4

01_Preface.pdf [ PDF ]
02_TOC.pdf [ PDF ]
03_Geography.pdf [ PDF ]
04_List of orders and families.pdf [ PDF ]
05_Finfoot.pdf [ PDF ]
06_Grebes.pdf [ PDF ]
07_Diurnal birds of prey.pdf [ PDF ]
08_Owls.pdf [ PDF ]
09_Parrots.pdf [ PDF ]
10_Rollers.pdf [ PDF ]
11_Kingfishers.pdf [ PDF ]
12_Hornbills.pdf [ PDF ]
13_Hoopoes.pdf [ PDF ]
14_Bee-eaters.pdf [ PDF ]
15_Goatsuckers.pdf [ PDF ]
16_Frogmouths.pdf [ PDF ]
17_Swifts.pdf [ PDF ]
18_Trogons.pdf [ PDF ]
19_Cuckoos.pdf [ PDF ]
20_Barbets.pdf [ PDF ]
21_Honeyguides.pdf [ PDF ]
22_Woodpeckers.pdf [ PDF ]
23_Broadbills.pdf [ PDF ]
24_Pittas.pdf [ PDF ]
25_Swallows.pdf [ PDF ]
26_Flycatchers.pdf [ PDF ]
27_Cuckoo shrikes & Minivets.pdf [ PDF ]
28_Bulbuls.pdf [ PDF ]
29_Leafbirds.pdf [ PDF ]
30_Babblers.pdf [ PDF ]
31_Thrushes.pdf [ PDF ]
32_Warblers.pdf [ PDF ]
33_Shrikes.pdf [ PDF ]
34_Nuthatches.pdf [ PDF ]
35_Titmice.pdf [ PDF ]
36_Crows_Jays & Magpies.pdf [ PDF ]
37_Drongos.pdf [ PDF ]
38_Orioles.pdf [ PDF ]
39_Fairy Bluebirds.pdf [ PDF ]
40_Tree starlings & Grackles.pdf [ PDF ]
41_Starlings.pdf [ PDF ]
42_True Finches.pdf [ PDF ]
43_Weaver finches and Rice birds.pdf [ PDF ]
44_Wagtails & Pipits.pdf [ PDF ]
45_Sunbirds & Spiderhunters.pdf [ PDF ]
46_Flowerpeckers.pdf [ PDF ]
47_Rubycheeks.pdf [ PDF ]
48_White eyes.pdf [ PDF ]
49_Appendix.pdf [ PDF ]
50_General Index.pdf [ PDF ]
51_Index to Malay names.pdf [ PDF ]
Plate 10_Blue flycatchers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 11_Chestnut winged Babbler.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 12_Babblers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 13_Cuckooshrikes.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 14_Bulbuls.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 15_Bulbuls.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 16_Bulbuls.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 17_Leafbirds.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 18_Babblers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 19_Babblers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 1_Trogons.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 20_Babblers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 21_Babblers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 22_Babblers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 23_Thrushes.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 24_Spiderhunters.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 25_Flowerpeckers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 2_Cuckoos.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 3_Barbets.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 4_Barbets.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 5_Woodpeckers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 6_Woodpeckers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 7_Woodpeckers.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 8_Pittas.jpg [ JPG ]
Plate 9_Flycatchers.jpg [ JPG ]
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