A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil

A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil

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This book is the first comprehensive field guide to the birds of Brazil, featuring 187 beautifully drawn full-color plates with 1796 species accounts, including a distribution map for each species. The volume contains information on bird features, habitat, calls, and species distribution, and pays special attention to the species endemic to Brazil. Species names are given in both English and Portuguese, and frequently used terms are translated in an
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 170 x 250 x 30mm | 1,175g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 187 color plates, 1,791 distribution maps, 5 black and white line illustrations
  • 0195301544
  • 9780195301540

Table of contents

Lists of Plates ; Preface ; Acknowledgments ; Introduction ; 1. Brazil: The Area Covered ; 1.1 Country Profile ; 1.2 Biogeography ; 1.2.1 Climate ; 1.2.2 Geomorphology ; 1.2.3 Natural Vegetation ; 2. Brazil: The Birds ; 2.1 Classification and Names ; 2.2 Field Identification ; 2.2.1 Plates ; 2.2.2 Captions ; 2.2.3 Distribution Maps ; 2.3 Short Introduction to Selected Bird Groups and Families of the Neotropics ; 2.3.1 Worldwide Families and Groups ; 2.3.2 Typical American Families and Groups ; Symbols, Abbreviations, and Glossary ; Parts of a Bird ; SPECIES ACCOUNTS, PLATES, AND DISTRIBUTION MAPS ; PROTECTED AREAS OF BRAZIL ; NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ; BIBLIOGRAPHY AND FURTHER REFERENCES ; Appendix 1: The Endemics of Brazil ; Appendix 2: English-Portuguese Dictionary ; Index
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"Van Perlo's book can be considered the best bird field guide produced as far for Brazil due to a combination of its light weight and small size, thorough coverage of species, and generally good quality and useful plates, text, and range maps."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
"This latest publication of a field guide to Brazilian birds moves the bar a couple of notches above the several existing recent attempts, all of which have been published in Brazil. It is certainly the single most useful book for field identification of Brazil's enormous and complex birdlife currently available. If you live in or soon plan to go birding in Brazil, buy this book and make the best of it, it will help you immensely!"--AUK
"Any birdwatcher planning a trip to Brazil needs A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil. It is the first modern, in-depth guide to Brazil's birds and offers information on size, call and identifying features for nearly 2,000 birds. Clear color drawings pack a portable dictionary including an English-Portuguese dictionary especially for birders and some 1,700 species-distribution maps. Simply invaluable."--Midwest Book Review
"Would I suggest to a traveling birder to buy one? Absolutely."--Indiana Audubon Quarterly
"This is now the essential field guide companion that one would need when visiting Brazil."--Idaho Birding Blog
"Highly recommended. The book will be useful to professional and amateur ornithologists, both in Brazil and bordering countries."--Choice
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About Ber Van Perlo

Ber Van Perlo graduated from the Agricultural University of Wageningen and worked as a geographer and physical planner for the Dutch National Forest Service until 1991. He has a lifelong interest in birds and has published and/or illustrated 7 titles on bird identification.

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