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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: Comstock Publishing Associates; 1 edition (Aug. 3 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801486319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801486319
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"All students of West Indian birds and, especially, all birders visiting Cuba should own this book. Highly recommended."—Allan R. Keith, Cotinga: Journal of the Neotropical Bird Club

"Written and illustrated by Cuban nationals, this book is a significant contribution to ornithology within that country. . . There are 51 excellent plates showing all but two of the 354 species on the island. Distribution maps are large and clear. The book should be included in any library with an interest in the birds of the New World tropics either for travel or research. . . Suitable for all levels of readers."—Choice, December 2000

"The guide and its excellent color plates are the product of Cubans (by necessity), which is unusual and welcome among guides published in the U.S. As ecotourism to Cuba evolves, this book will be the choice of birders who visit the island."—Wildlife Activist, No. 41, April 2001

"As ecotourists return to Cuba to see the country and its plants and animals, they may well wish to take along Orlando Garrido and Arturo Kirkconnell's Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba. Bird descriptions and paintings are useful and often imaginatively helpful."—Georgia Tasker, El Nuevo Herald, February 10, 2002

"This is an impressive piece of work, an exceptionally complete field guide to the birds of Cuba, a valuable book that will fill a void in the literature that has existed for a long time, written by folks who know Cuban birding best."—John Faaborg, University of Missouri, Columbia

"The first book entirely devoted to Cuba's birds to appear in eighty years, Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba is a serious work in the tradition of Don Ramón de la Sagra, Johannes Gundlach and Thomas Barbour. With vast amounts of new information, range maps, and admirable illustrations, it is at once a summation of Cuban ornithology and an excellent field guide."—Davis W. Finch, WINGS

"Based on their lifetimes of work in their native country, Orlando Garrido and Arturo Kirkconnell have crafted a truly complete, self-contained guide that will be essential to all those seeking to enjoy Cuba's exciting birdlife."—James W. Wiley, Leader of the Grambling Cooperative Wildlife Project, Grambling State University

"Cuba is the largest and, arguably, ornithologically most interesting of the Caribbean islands. This guide, the first to comprehensively tackle the identification, status and range of all birds found in the archipelago, will be welcomed by aficionados of this stunning country; that it is the product of an all-Cuban team is a double triumph."—Guy M. Kirwan, Managing Editor of Cotinga (Journal of the Neotropical Bird Club)

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 including Las Palomas, Los Patos de Cuba, Conozca Las Rapaces, Catálogo de las Aves de Cuba, Birds of the West Indies, and Mariposas de Puerto Rico.



Arturo Kirkconnell is Bird Curator, National Museum of Natural History of Cuba, and the author or coauthor of several books including The Birdwatcher's Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans; The Important Areas for the Conservation of Birds in Cuba; and Catálogo de las Aves de Cuba.


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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 is just an o.k. guide for experienced birders. physical issues: it's not particularly well-bound and pages fall out. the plates are on pages separate from text and the maps, where included, are very poor. illustration issues: some of the plates are not well-drawn/painted and field marks that should be obvious are not well defined in the plates. also, there are several instances where the bird shown in the plate is not the one that is described in the text. text issues: information that would be extremely helpful is missing such as songs and calls of various species. sometimes distribution maps are included, sometimes not. in all i thought this guide a waste of money and would definitely not consider spending the king's ransom to purchase a hard cover version. i found the birds of the west indies a much better field guide in terms of layout, ease of use and general information.
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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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