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Birds of the Seychelles [Paperback]

Ian Bullock , Adrian Skerrett , Tony Disley

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Book Description

May 6 2001 Princeton Field Guides

This is the first comprehensive guide to the birds of the Seychelles, a spectacular archipelago of 115 islands north of Madagascar. It describes and illustrates every species for the first time--more than 250 in all--and gives extended species accounts for all 66 breeding species. These accounts cover breeding biology and, for all indigenous species, threats and conservation. The volume also offers the first detailed accounts of all 26 Seychelles' endemics, including their origins, in popular form.

Given the archipelago's location, almost any European migrant can turn up in the Seychelles. This makes it all the more remarkable that the authors consider every species recorded to date, as well as unrecorded potential vagrants. Beautiful color plates and clear plumage details, as well as information on confusion species, are included to aid identification by sex and age.

This is a valuable reference for anyone contemplating a trip to this popular birding destination or anyone with an interest in the natural history of the western Indian Ocean region. There is simply no other choice for either the serious ornithologist or the casual birder.


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Winner of the 2001 Best Bird Book - Indian Ocean, Worldtwitch

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"The information contained in this work is accurate and up to date, the plates are of a high standard, and the species accounts are detailed and informative. This is an important addition to the ornithology of the region and should be of interest to ornithologists worldwide as well as to birders visiting the Seychelles."--Steve Rooke


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great overall book April 27 2009
By Turtle Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book. I am originally from the Seychelles, and I am going back to visit this summer with my family. I am a recent birder, and I am very much looking forward to using this book to help identify the birds there. The book has beautiful illustrations and is very informative. I like that it includes general maps of the islands, a list of birds most likely to be found at the different islands, a glossary of terms, a bird checklist, and a list and description of the plants mentioned in the book. The book is set up so that you have a general overview with illustrations at the beginning, and then there are more details for each bird in the back. This can be good when you just want to find a bird quickly to ID it but then read more about it later. I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for one specific to the Seychelles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect field guide to any of the the Seychelles islands July 6 2008
By Jack Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Basics: 2001, softcover, 320 pages, 53 color plates, 250 species, no range maps

This is definitely the best book available for the birds of the Seychelles. It covers every bird known to visit this island group. The first half of the book holds the 53 plates while the second half is dedicated to individual species accounts.

The plates are done very well. Every bird is illustrated in 3-7 plumages or positions. These illustrations depict gender, age, and seasonal variations along with perched, in-flight, or displaying postures. As an example, the three species of fody are shown with 17 different illustrations. No other book comes close to this. There are also another 17 b&w drawings contained within the text to show more detail and species comparisons.

Each bird is given extensive coverage in the species accounts. Almost half of the text is dedicated to a description of the bird with the remaining text covering voice, behavior, and range. The endemic species receive more in-depth information about breeding, threats, and conservation.

I found the accounts to be very thorough, such as describing the confusing warbler species very well. The authors did a good job at covering the subspecies and comparing similar species.

For a birding visit to the Seychelles, this book contains it all and is the only one you'll need.

Other Related Books:
1) Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands by Sinclair/Langrand
2) The Birds of Seychelles and Outlying Islands by Penny
3) The Beautiful Birds of Seychelles by Skerrett
4) Birds of Seychelles by Beamish
4.0 out of 5 stars The best guide to these islands April 26 2014
By Mike "Madbirder" Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a very good guide to this group of islands. The introduction begins with an overview of the islands and their composition including maps of the entire chain and each of the island groups. Next follows a section on the major birding sites, then the climate, plants mentioned in the text, glossary of terms, origins of birding in the Seychelles and a checklist.

The next section comprises 53 excellent plates by Tony Disley. The artwork often includes habitat and many species are depicted in flight especially helpful for seabirds and raptors, fall and winter plumages which is helpful for the many migrants especially the shorebirds. The artwork is vivid and not too crammed and easy to separate with each illustration being numbered and lettered.

The next section comprises the species accounts and are quite extensive for a field guide. Description covers adult breeding and non-breeding plumage, female, juvenile and immature where relevant. Voice is covered as well as behavior, range, status, threats and conservation for those species that qualify and similar species usually giving several confusing reference species and comparing them where needed.

Overall this is a very good guide that is well illustrated and referenced. There are no range maps but each species range is covered in the status section of the species description though in the field that can be a bit time consuming this does little to detract from the overall value of this guide to anyone visiting the Seychelles. Really deserves 4.5 stars.

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