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Herbert A. Raffaele , James Wiley , Orlando H. Garrido , Allan Keith , Janis I. Raffaele , Tracy Pedersen , Kristin Williams
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Sept. 22 2003 Princeton Field Guides

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.



  • Includes all species recorded in the region

  • Features ninety-three color plates with concise text on facing pages for quick reference and easy identification

  • Species accounts cover identification, voice, status and habitat, and range

  • Color distribution maps



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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

About the Author

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).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good general field guide Feb. 20 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a trip to Cuba and found it quite helpful though not complete There were several birds when I was on a birding expedition that I couldn't find in my book but were in a copy of The Birds of Cuba. Other than that, the artwork is quite good and it was easy to use for quick identification in the field. I would definitely recommend this field guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the field March 13 2011
Format:Paperback
Took this book on my recent trip to the Dominican Republic. It has great pics and information and is easy to use, and lightweight to carry in the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed update April 11 2004
Format:Paperback
Birds of the West Indies is a much needed and well researched update of the classic book "Birds of the West Indies" by James Bond. This update provides layman and serious birders and researchers with critically important updates on species distribution and habitat areas. A must read for the serious birders and curious readers interested in understanding the birds of the West Inidan Archipelago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An up-to-date field-book for the Antilles March 9 2004
Format:Paperback
Though the previous A Guide To The Birds of The West Indies is unparalleled in its depth, this handy guide is what we were waiting for. It saves us the pains of lugging its bigger predecesor into swamps, jungles and fields, without sacrificing key information and wonderful drawings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Bond! May 23 2006
By J. C. M. Bannerman - Published on Amazon.com
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I just came back from St. Vincent where I used a copy of James Bond's "Birds of the Caribbean". It was acceptable, but it didn't have many colour plates or pictures of birds in flight.

This book is all colour illustrations and has pictures of birds in flight. The information is also up to date.

Many more useful tools for bird identification than in Bond! For example, this has habitat and maps of range.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Field Guide April 7 2006
By Elizabeth A. Salt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent field guide with great pictures of birds, making identification easier. The descriptions about the different bird species inhabiting the West Indies are also very good. The guide seems to give fuller coverage to birds in the northern Caribbean islands, such as Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, and somewhat less coverage to birds in the central and southern regions of the West Indian island chain, but it was still very helpful to me with bird identification on a recent trip to the island of Montserrat (about 300 miles southeast of Puerto Rico). Recommended for birders vacationing in the West Indies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An up-to-date field-book for the Antilles March 9 2004
By "cuyaya" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Though the previous A Guide To The Birds of The West Indies is unparalleled in its depth, this handy guide is what we were waiting for. It saves us the pains of lugging its bigger predecesor into swamps, jungles and fields, without sacrificing key information and wonderful drawings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars missing the behavioral tips Feb. 15 2007
By J. R. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this guide in Februrary 2007 on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Color illustrations were very good. But I missed the short behavioral cues that you find in Peterson's guides, like "scratches in leaves near road edges," "bobs head and swims half submerged."

St. John's has a Park Ranger-led walk on Francis Bay trail that was very productive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Preciise, informative and good value for money March 27 2006
By J. Bursnall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Provides color plates for all species found in the West Indies, and helpful maps alongside the text, whenever necessary. All that you need for a field guide, at a reasonable price. It more than lives up to Princeton's reputation for fine guides,
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