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Collins Field Guide Birds Of South America [Hardcover]

Francisco Erize
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Sept. 21 2006 Collins Field Guide
This superbly illustrated field guide to the birds of South America covers all the non-passerines (non-perching birds from Divers to Woodpeckers). All plumages for each species are illustrated, including males, females and juveniles. Featuring 1,273 species, the text gives information on key identification features, habitat, and songs and calls. The 156 colour plates appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference. Distribution maps are included, showing where each species can be found and how common it is, to further aid identification. This comprehensive and easy to use guide is a must for all birdwatchers visiting the region.

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"Anyone with a strong interest in the birds of South America should have this book."--Frederic H. Brock, Wildlife Activist

"An excellent compilation of information that is well presented and generally accurate.... I was very pleased to see detailed coverage of large groups of confusing birds, such as the hummingbirds and the parrots, parakeets, toucans and allies.... Without question I recommend buying the book."--Geoff Carpentier, OFO News

"This handy guide complements the two larger volumes on the passerine birds previously published by S. Ridgely and Guy Tudor. It, in essence, finishes those works and now completes the avifauna of the entire South American continent. The plates are well-done and finished the bulk of the book with succinct identification remarks on the accompanied pages. For those interested in the varied birdlife of South America it is a must."--Charles E. Keller, Indiana Audubon Quarterly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Based in Argentina, the authors and illustrator have spent 30 years gathering the data that comprises this book. They have travelled extensively in South America, including the islands and the Antarctic, they have assembled one of the most complete collections of photographs of the region's birds and have spent time at many research institutes all over the continent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Field Guide for Birding in South America April 15 2007
An excellent Field Guide. Colour plates are of an excellent quality and the maps, descriptions and colour plates are on the same page. Only problem is that it is only the first volume. Anxiously waiting for the second volume.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Add this book to your collection! Oct. 20 2006
By Tropical Birder - Published on Amazon.com
I just got the book and in short, was very impressed. The book fills in the gap in the taxonomic order not covered in the famous Birds of South America Vol. I & II by Ridgely and Tudor. The book is small and compact (5" X 7.5"). The illustrations are great...a bit crowded on some pages (as can be expected with the size), but overall are visually appealing and birds are identifiable (unlike other Princeton Illustrated Checklists I've seen recently). The book is just that though, an illustrated checklist. Each bird is illustrated on one side with a corresponding paragraph describing the bird and habitat on the opposite side. Each species has a small range map next to the text block as well.

The only errors I've seen so far is that some birds are do not have a numerical label, matching their illustration with their name/description on the other page. These are few in occurrence and don't pose too much of a problem, but obviously overlooked by the editors. One other thing, some of the birds, particularly some of the hummingbirds, have been painted as you may see them in a shaded forest (without any iridescence)...thank God the Velvet-purple Coronet doesn't always look like that!

Overall, this is a great book to add to your collection or to use in the field if that sort of thing is lacking where your going. Its a bargain and recommended.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to have them together July 29 2007
By johnbirding - Published on Amazon.com
Great to have all the non-passerine birds (non-songbirds) together in one booklet, for the most bird-rich continent in the world. Especially handy for those countries that still don't have good field guides, but also handy for comparing species across country boundaries.
The paintings are very nice, and the birds have their natural pose, something we are missing in the latest field guides. The distribution maps are bit small, but still adequate.
For any lover of Southamerican birds, the quality of the paintings alone is worth the purchase of this book, with 1300 species.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *The* book to get if you're birding in South America Sept. 7 2010
By viajera - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently traveled to Brazil for a conference and some birding-oriented travel, and waffled between purchasing this book (accompanied by Ridgely and Tudor's Songbirds of South America) or the single-volume Birds of Brazil by Ber van Perlo. At the advice of a few birder friends who had recently spent time in Brazil, I chose this book - and I am so glad that I did! Most other people I birded with had van Perlo's book, so I was able to compare the plates side-by-side. These two books were superior, often by orders of magnitude, in every single case - better, more accurate drawings; more accurate color rendition; more updated and precise range information; and more in-depth natural-history descriptions.

My one complaint - beyond the size (which is unavoidable, given the expansive material covered) - is that some of the poses were, well, cheesy. Such as hawks and eagles depicted in aggressive screeching poses, as you might see in a Bald Eagle image on a cheap set of matching patriotic plates sold from the back of Reader's Digest. But don't let this dissuade you - this is the book to buy, no doubt about it!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Jan. 9 2007
By Vitor Q. Piacentini - Published on Amazon.com
The book is worth every cent you pay for. The plates by Jorge Rodriguez-Mata are very very good and acurate. The taxonomic classification is not 100% updated, but that is not a real problem.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have! July 6 2008
By Luiz Gabriel Mazzoni Fernandes - Published on Amazon.com
An extremely useful field guide for the neotropical ornithologist. High quality illustrations and good species description. Very complete and fulfil it's role of comprehending the non-passerines. Strongly recommended!
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