Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba Paperback – Aug 3 2000
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About the Author
Orlando H. Garrido is a founder of both the Cuban Academy of Science and the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba, where he served as Curator until his retirement. He has described 129 new species and subspecies, and is the author or coauthor of books includingLas Palomas,Los Patos de Cuba,Conozca Las Rapaces,Catálogo de las Aves de Cuba,Birds of the West Indies, andMariposas de Puerto Rico.
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1. It is rather large for a field guide, considering the number of species covered.
2. The inclusion of vagrant species in the main body of text causes it to be too long. I counted 80 species (including two extinct) that could have been treated separately at the end of the main text. The extinct species even have their own colour plate.
3. The index should also have been divided into three separate indices, English, Spanish and scientific names. The current index is very difficult to use.
4. The reverse side of each colour plate is wasted with a greyscale copy of the facing colour plate. This has resulted in the book having double the number of plates actually required.
5. The plates are not numbered, making it impossible to find an illustration in a hurry.
6. The text on the plate does not give the page number of the corresponding text for each species, so a trip to the index is required again.
The book is a bit heavy if you take that into consideration about luggage weight before boarding the airplane.
The color plate should accompany the bird descriptions. At least, beside each bird name in the color plates there should be a ref to what page is the description of that particular bird. As things are now in this 2011 edition, after seeing a bird drawing in the book, we have to go to the index to see where that bird is described.
Another negative point is that the color plates numbers are located in the bottom right of the left page. Because of that we cannot just flip pages on the edge to find the desired color plate, we have to open the book right to the binding to do that. The color plates numbers should be written on the edge of the page, either on top or bottom, on the left side of the left page or the right side of the right page.
Anyway, don't let those minor negative points hinder anyone from buying this book, specially if you go to Cuba often or if you live there or near there. For example, anyone birding in southern Florida should have a copy.
Still I was grateful to use it and to give it to my bird guide Julio at the end of the week as he didn't have a book!
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This was my third copy of this book. I gave the first one as a gift I had to replace the second copy as the colored plates came out so use carefully. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Keith Wilson
Informative, but I wish the plates had been numbered and easier to relate to the text. Nevertheless, well worth the price.Published 15 months ago by Kate MacDonald
We managed to identify some of the birds we saw on our last trip to Cuba, so we will definitely pack it for our next trip.Published 21 months ago by Perennial Gardener
I found this dedicated guide very useful, written by Cubans specifically for Cuba, and it shows. You have to buy if birdwatching in Cuba. period. A bit heavy, 5 stars anyway.Published on Jan. 10 2014 by Alan Sankey
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