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Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba Paperback – Aug 3 2000
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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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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!
Most recent customer reviews
Good illustrations. Well laid out with outstanding information on habitat and distributionPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 12 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 20 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 on April 23 2014 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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