Birds of the Seychelles Paperback – May 6 2001
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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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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
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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