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Birds of the Cayman Islands Hardcover – April, 1985

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Concise text for each species includes identification, similar species, voice, habitats and behaviour, status and distribution. This guide is an essential companion for anyone visiting these beautiful islands. (Ian Paulsen, The Guardian, UK) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Patricia Bradley is an ornithologist who has lived and worked on the Cayman Islands for more than forty years. Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet is a photographer who specialises in the birds of the Caribbean. His superb photography has appeared in many books, including A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Jamaica, which he co-authored.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 245 pages
  • Publisher: World Pubns (April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903826763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903826761
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,926,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jack Holloway on August 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
IMPORTANT NOTE!!! This review was written in 2008 for the 1985 edition of the book. Amazon has automatically and INCORRECTLY associated this review to the new (2013) edition of this book known under a slightly different title: Photographic Guide to the Birds of the Cayman Islands. Also, be careful your purchase is of the correct version of 1985, 1995, or 2013!

This book reviewed: 1985 edition, hardcover, 245 pages, 45 species shown in 72 color photographs, no range maps

This is a handy little photo guide that covers all 180+ birds recorded from the three islands making up the Cayman Islands group in the Caribbean. The highlight of this book is the collection of very good photographs that focus on 45 of the island's specialties and common birds. The photographed bird typically takes up the entire page, which is a nice contrast to the many photo guides that use small pictures. Twenty-two of the birds are shown with multiple photos. Of the few books with color photographs of the endemic Vitelline Warbler, this book has the best photos.

Although only 45 species are shown with a photo, all 180+ are described in the text. Each bird typically receives 1-4 paragraphs that cover field characteristics, range, habitat, and status. Although each bird is described fairly well, the description is a little too generic to be of much help if you are trying to distinguish between the sandpipers or fall warblers that migrate through.

Despite covering all the birds of the Cayman Islands, this is not a complete field guide since only 45 (25%) of the species are illustrated. If your visit to Grand Cayman is geared towards only the islands' specialties, this book will be useful since they're all shown very well in this book.
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Format: Paperback
About 250 species have been recorded from the Cayman Islands (which are located just south of Cuba), although only 50 of these breed - all but three of them being resident. A short trip to the three islands (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac) over a four day period will possibly only result in you seeing around 70 species, but there are several interesting targets. The islands' only endemic species is the resident Vitelline Warbler, which is close in taxonomy and looks to the Prairie Warbler which is present as a migrant present from August to May. Other targets for many are the Cuban Bullfinch and Cuban Parrot, which are potential future splits from the birds found on Cuba.

The authors produced a previous photographic guide to the birds of the islands in 1985 (Birds of the Cayman Islands, privately published) but this new work provides photographs and details of 193 species. These are mostly residents and regular visitors although a few rare migrants are included. A further 47 species are mentioned briefly as they are rare vagrants for which there are few records. A concise text of around 150 words is given for each species and covers identification, voice, habitats, confusion species, status and distribution. No maps are included - even for resident species. In most cases two good quality photographs are given for each species, but there are often more - primarily by Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet. There is a very useful section on places to visit, giving brief details together with maps of each island and an explanation of habitats. This is a useful guide and is a huge improvement on the previous book.
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Format: Paperback
This nice pocket sized guide begins with an introduction to the Cayman Islands with information about the area, habitat and species associated with each, conservation, where to watch birds in the Cayman Islands as some other handy notes. The plates are one to three pages illustrated by some nice photographs with information on taxonomy, description, similar species, habitat and behavior, range and status. After the plates are several appendices with information on some of the plant species mentioned in the text, breeding seabird and landbird distribution, distribution on the 17 endemic subspecies and vagrants.

Overall a very handy guide if you are visiting the region. The information is concise and easy to follow with some good tips for IDing the birds you'll see there. There are no range maps for the species but several maps are used in the intro text. More information is given over to the local subspecies and regional specialties with less for the uncommon and passage species.
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By Barbara Stomber on July 31, 2014
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I use ebird to usually identify birds in my area but this book clearly identified birds of the Caymans in a very clear and concise way. Photos were outstanding.
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By Debby Francis on March 11, 2015
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very complete book with great photos
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