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Oct. 1 2006 Caribbean Pocket Natural History

A comprehensive ornithological guide introducing both visitors and residents to the bird life of the Bahamas Archipelago and the neighbouring Turks and Caicos Islands. The text contains colour photos and information on the breeding birds of the region plus the most commonly recorded migrants that either pass through on their way to other destinations or stay during the winter season. The author has divided the birds into two sections, land and water. Not every bird that has been recorded in the region is included but emphasis is on how to recognize or identify the various species and their plumages plus information on how the birds are distributed in the islands and whether or not they are common, uncommon or rare. Behaviour and habitat preferences are covered as well as calls and songs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Caribbean; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333937449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333937440
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #487,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce Hallett resides in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. A twenty-five year interest and preoccupation with birds has taken him to some of the more remote regions of the world as well as leading numerous birding expeditions in North America from Alaska to Florida. For the past seven years he has concentrated his travels to the islands of the Bahamas Archipelago learning about and photographing the birdlife. Currently he is a member of the first Bahamas Avian Records Committee.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent photo guide of most of the region's birds June 26 2008
By Jack Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Basics: 2006, 1st edition, softcover, 245 pages, 400+ color photos, 200 species, no range maps

This photo guide covers 100 breeding birds and another 100 common migrants that occur in the islands, which comprises 63% of the 320+ total species recorded. The Bahamas, along with the Turks and Caicos (a British dependent territory), range from southeast Florida down towards the eastern end of Cuba.

This book is a photographic field guide that, like most photo guides, lacks the detail and plumage variations that are more prevelant in an illustrated guide. Most of the birds are shown with multiple photos, typically to denote the prominent differences between genders and the breeding and non-breeding plumages. It was nice to see that all the islands' specialties were given multiple color photos. As for the quality of the photos, they are good with color and sharpnes but, they are on the small side of 2-3 inches. And, too often, the bird is even smaller within the photo.

The text covers the topics of status/range, description, voice, habits, and comments. As one would expect, migrants receive a little less discussion while the breeders - especially the island specialties - are discussed a little more, often covering the various subspecies. The taxonomy is up to date and covers the subspecies of Western Spindalis (versus the prior Stripe-headed Tanager). While the text may seem a little on the thin side, it did a pretty good job with the birds I encountered on Grand Bahama during a brief visit.

There are no range maps for the birds. I think this is an unfortunate oversight since many of the birds have peculiar scenarios of being on some islands but not others; or, some birds are missing from islands that would be expected to harbor the bird. There was certainly room in the pages to display a modest map.

For a birding trip to these islands, this book will work because of the lower count of species one would normally expect to find. However, I would recommend one of the two books by Raffaele. This is not because Hallett's book is not worth bringing and using, but only because its layout and photos are more conducive to be examined or practiced at home before and after the trip rather than being used in the field. -- (written by Jack at Avian Review / Avian Books, July 2008)

I've listed several related books below...
1) The Birds of The Turks & Caicos Islands by Ground
2) Birds of New Providence and the Bahama Islands by Brudenell-Bruce
3) Birds of the Bahamas by Paterson
4) Birds of the West Indies by Bond
5) Birds of the West Indies by Raffaele
6) A Guide to the Birds of the West Indies by Raffaele
7) Birds of the Bahama Islands by Cory
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Dec 26 2013
By Jaci Kroupa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book exceeded expectations and was very helpful on my recent trip to Bahamas....delivery was quick and arrived in time for me to study a bit before leaving for my trip...book was in excellent condition. Thank you and it's a pleasure to do business with you!

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