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A Photographic Guide to Birds of Peru Paperback – February 1, 2011
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The author had a big task, trying to select only 250 species out of the 1500-plus that can be found in Peru. I admire his objective to produce a guide that can be easily tucked into a day pack Perhaps others will find it more useful than I did.
This is handy, very light and only 3 and 3/4 inches by 7 and 1/2 inches and a slim 144 pages. Contrast this to Princeton's Birds of Peru and this book is of course much easier to pack in the field. The problem is that this book only has pictures of about 1/8th of the birds of the country. Most of the large, flashy, easy to encounter birds are here such as Andean Condor, Humboldt Penguin, Chilean Flamingo, and Red-and-Green Macaw which should please the casual wildlife tourist but birders will be disappointed with only two species of Woodcreepers, one specie of Miner, one specie of Antbird. There is a lot missing here.
For a birder I would rate this a one. The higher rating is for the "eco-tourist" with a casual interest in birds. The pictures although small are for the most part quite good. The author could have more than doubled the pages and still would have had a handy packable reference that would have been much more useful. As is I find it works as a good picture quiz while trying to get a handle on identifying the incredible number of birds in the country.