Birds of the West Indies

Birds of the West Indies

Paperback Princeton Field Guides

By (author) Herbert A. Raffaele, By (author) James Wiley, By (author) Orlando H. Garrido, By (author) Allan R. Keith, By (author) Janis I. Raffaele, Illustrated by Tracy Pedersen, Illustrated by Kristin Williams

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 211mm x 13mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 22 September 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 069111319X
  • ISBN 13: 9780691113197
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 93 color plates. 181 color maps. 2 line illus.
  • Sales rank: 206,570

Product description

Fully illustrated, easy to use, and completely up-to-date, "Birds of the West Indies" is the only field guide that covers all of the bird species known to occur in the region - including migrants and infrequently occurring forms. Each species is represented by a full description that includes identification field marks, status and range, habitat, and voice. A map showing the bird's distribution accompanies many species accounts, and plumages of all species are depicted in ninety-three beautifully rendered color plates. Bird lovers, vacationing tourists, local residents, and "armchair travelers" will all want to own this definitive field guide to the birds of the West Indies. It includes all the species recorded in the region, features ninety-three color plates with concise text on facing pages for quick reference and easy identification, and also contains species accounts which cover identification, voice, status and habitat, and range, and color distribution maps.

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Author information

Herbert Raffaele is Chief of the Office of International Conservation of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He is the author of "A Guide to the Birds of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands" (Princeton).

Review quote

Winner of the 2003 Best Bird Book - West Indies, Worldtwitch "Fascinating reading... [This] finally eclipses ... the old field guide ... that in its various forms held sway for more than fifty years... The illustrations ... are exceptionally beautiful... Indispensable."--Stephen Mills, Times Literary Supplement "The current consensus is that the finest field guide to the exotic archipelagos of the Caribbean is Birds of the West Indies by Herbert Raffaele. Now that I've visited the region a few times, I can definitely agree! ... The abundant illustrations are crisp, colorful, and mostly accurate while the text is succinct yet informative."--Mike Bergin, 10,000 Birds "While paging through the new West Indian field guide ... I lost track of several hours, completely captivated by the images before me... [It includes] color plates of surpassing accuracy and ... the text ... is accurate and highly readable."--Tropical Audubon Bulletin

Table of contents

Introduction 7 Species Accounts and Colour Plates 16 Selected References 204 Index of English and Scientific Names 206 SEABIRDS 16 HERONS AND OTHER LONG-LEGGED WADERS 34 MARSHBIRDS AND WATERFOWL 58 HAWKS, OWLS, AND NIGHTJARS 76, 100 GAMEBIRDS AND PIGEONS; PARROTS AND CUCKOOS; SWIFTS, HUMMINGBIRDS, TROGONS, TODIES, KINGFISHERS, AND WOODPECKERS 84, 106 FLYCATCHERS 118 CROWS, SWALLOWS, GNATCATCHERS, THRUSHES, THRASHERS, AND MOCKINGBIRDS 126 VIREOS AND WARBLERS 144 EUPHONIAS, HONEYCREEPERS, TANAGERS, ORIOLES, AND BLACKBIRDS 174 FINCH-LIKE BIRDS 188