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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Field Guides
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; First Thus Used edition (September 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069111319X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691113197
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Winner of the 2003 Best Bird Book - West Indies, Worldtwitch

"Fascinating reading. . . . [This] finally eclipses . . . the old field guide . . . that in its various forms held sway for more than fifty years. . . . The illustrations . . . are exceptionally beautiful. . . . Indispensable."--Stephen Mills, Times Literary Supplement

"The current consensus is that the finest field guide to the exotic archipelagos of the Caribbean is Birds of the West Indies by Herbert Raffaele. Now that I've visited the region a few times, I can definitely agree! . . . The abundant illustrations are crisp, colorful, and mostly accurate while the text is succinct yet informative."--Mike Bergin, 10,000 Birds

"While paging through the new West Indian field guide . . . I lost track of several hours, completely captivated by the images before me. . . . [It includes] color plates of surpassing accuracy and . . . the text . . . is accurate and highly readable."--Tropical Audubon Bulletin

About the Author

Herbert Raffaele is Chief of the Office of International Conservation of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He is the author of "A Guide to the Birds of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands" (Princeton).

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Customer Reviews

This book is all colour illustrations and has pictures of birds in flight.
J. C. M. Bannerman
This is a great, easy to carry and easy to use guide to have while birding in the Caribbean!!!
Sharon D. Finlay
This is the perfect one stop field guide for identifying birds on any Caribbean Island.
Ricardo Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. C. M. Bannerman on May 23, 2006
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I just came back from St. Vincent where I used a copy of James Bond's "Birds of the Caribbean". It was acceptable, but it didn't have many colour plates or pictures of birds in flight.

This book is all colour illustrations and has pictures of birds in flight. The information is also up to date.

Many more useful tools for bird identification than in Bond! For example, this has habitat and maps of range.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Salt on April 7, 2006
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This is an excellent field guide with great pictures of birds, making identification easier. The descriptions about the different bird species inhabiting the West Indies are also very good. The guide seems to give fuller coverage to birds in the northern Caribbean islands, such as Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, and somewhat less coverage to birds in the central and southern regions of the West Indian island chain, but it was still very helpful to me with bird identification on a recent trip to the island of Montserrat (about 300 miles southeast of Puerto Rico). Recommended for birders vacationing in the West Indies.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "cuyaya" on March 9, 2004
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Though the previous A Guide To The Birds of The West Indies is unparalleled in its depth, this handy guide is what we were waiting for. It saves us the pains of lugging its bigger predecesor into swamps, jungles and fields, without sacrificing key information and wonderful drawings.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Stone on February 15, 2007
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I used this guide in Februrary 2007 on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Color illustrations were very good. But I missed the short behavioral cues that you find in Peterson's guides, like "scratches in leaves near road edges," "bobs head and swims half submerged."

St. John's has a Park Ranger-led walk on Francis Bay trail that was very productive.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Bursnall on March 27, 2006
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Provides color plates for all species found in the West Indies, and helpful maps alongside the text, whenever necessary. All that you need for a field guide, at a reasonable price. It more than lives up to Princeton's reputation for fine guides,
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Tinker on June 1, 2007
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Much clearer and more up-to-date than The Birds of the West Indies (by James Bond) This book includes great full colour plates with lots of details.Descriptions are concise but very useful. I highly recommend this book to anyone birdwatching in the Caribbean.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Arroyo on April 11, 2004
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Birds of the West Indies is a much needed and well researched update of the classic book "Birds of the West Indies" by James Bond. This update provides layman and serious birders and researchers with critically important updates on species distribution and habitat areas. A must read for the serious birders and curious readers interested in understanding the birds of the West Inidan Archipelago.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eliezer Nieves on July 26, 2006
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Why is the One and Only?

The color Plates

The Cover and size

The Distribution Maps

The Basic and accurate Information

Do I mention the color plates?
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