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Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba Paperback – Aug 3 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (Aug. 3 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801486319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801486319
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This is an excellent field guide for birding in Cuba. The paperback version is light enough to take into the field. It travels well. The plates and written descriptions are excellent. It is a complete guide, and one that everyone will find valuable.
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A great bird book. The pictures allow for easy identification. The only annoying thing is you have to go to the index to find the page number that has the information on the bird, however that is hardly a bother in the long run. If you are going to Cuba and you like birds, take this book!!!!
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As other reviewers have said, this is a great book to have when birding in Cuba. It does, however, suffer from several serious usability issues for a field guide.
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.

Tony Johnson
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Got this because we go often to Cuba and like birding wherever we are.
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.
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This book isn't perfect but it's the best available for Cuba. We had several regional books between us on our last trip and this was the one we kept using the most. It is a decade out of date (Eurasian Collared Doves are more widespread than indicated, for example) but the endemics are nicely portrayed. Too bad there is so much wasted space on the left hand plate pages.
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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Comprehensive listing of the birds of Cuba, visitors and erratics. Beautiful colour plates. Helpful guide to field spotting and song identification
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