Birds of the West Indies

Arab News - - News Internatio­nal - HER­BERT RAFFAELE, WI­LEY, GAR­RIDO, KEITH, AND JANIS RAFFAELE

Birds of the West Indies is the first field guide that cov­ers and de­picts all birds known to oc­cur in the re­gion, in­clud­ing in­fre­quently oc­cur­ring and in­tro­duced forms. Now fully up­dated and ex­panded, this stun­ningly il­lus­trated book fea­tures de­tailed ac­counts of more than 600 species, de­scrib­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion field marks, range, sta­tus, voice, and habitat. There are more than 100 beau­ti­ful color plates that de­pict plumages of all species — in­clud­ing those be­lieved to have re­cently be­come ex­tinct — as well as dis­tri­bu­tion maps, a color code for en­demic birds, and an in­ci­sive in­tro­duc­tion that dis­cusses avi­fau­nal changes in the West Indies in the past fif­teen years and the im­por­tance of con­ser­va­tion. It cov­ers more than 60 new species, in­clud­ing va­grants, in­tro­duc­tions, and tax­o­nomic splits and up­dates the sta­tus of ev­ery species.

It fea­tures il­lus­tra­tions for all new species and im­proved art­work for war­blers and fly­catch­ers.

It in­cludes many new and en­hanced maps and pro­vides bird weights for each species.

It is com­pact and easy to use in the field. It color codes en­demic species con­fined to one or just a few is­lands.

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