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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (February 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691153523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691153520
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of The Birdbooker Report's Best Bird Books of 2011

"Incredible. . . . A definitive monograph on the birds concerned: the sections on specific taxa include colour photos (many showing species that have hardly ever been photographed before) as well as huge amounts of new data on ranges, voice and behaviour. I don't think there can be much doubt that this is the new standard work on these birds."--Darren Naish, Scientific American

"A must have for those with an interest in Neotropical birds or collectors of family monographs!"--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report

"Definitive. . . . This book will have you booking your next trip to the Neotropics! . . . It's a treasure trove of information and beauty from the cover to the last page."--Eva Matthews, Flying Mullet blog

"An identification tour de force."--British Trust for Ornithology

"Mr. Kirwan and Mr.Green bring you vast information about their habitats, location maps. Also identifications, descriptions, distributions and status. Let's not forget the wonderful color illustrations and terrific plates. . . . A 'must have'."--H.J. Ruiz, Avian 101 blog

"Invaluable to anyone studying this group of birds, as well as birders looking to learn more about these colorful gems. . . . A fantastic book that is worth adding to your library if you are making the trek to Central/South America, or you are as fascinated with these birds as I am."--Drew Weber, Nemesis Bird blog

"Cotingas and Manakins is a brilliant piece of work and well worth having in your library."--Frank Lambert, Birder's Library

"Cotingas and Manakins is a massive, erudite, and gorgeous compilation of all extant knowledge about cotingas and manakins, undoubtedly the two most extravagant and fascinating bird families of the neotropics."--Derek Kverno, Birding Brazil

"[T]his volume will stand as the authoritative guide to this remarkable group of birds for years to come. It will appeal to tropical ornithologists and conservation biologists, as well as to globetrotting birders, who, after poring over the text and savoring the illustrations, will begin to daydream about their next trip to the New World tropics."--Mark Riegner, Quarterly Review of Biology

"What a treasure! . . . Failure to treat these amazing birds with the care they deserve might have turned me against the book. As it is, I was consistently delighted; the book should be a key reference for anyone interested in these two families. . . . This book will be a cherished resource. . . . I highly recommend it to anyone with a strong interest in Neotropical birds, and cannot imagine why anyone with more specialized interest in the manakins and cotingas could possibly fail to own it."--David B. Mcdonald, Wilson Journal of Ornithology

"These colorful tropical birds may be elusive, but they are elusive no more when birders open up Cotingas and Manakins. The definitive resource about these amazing species, this is a thorough, comprehensive and beautifully illustrated volume that deserves a place of honor in every birder's library."--Melissa Mayntz, About.com Birding/Wild Birds

From the Back Cover

"Cotingas and Manakins is a major contribution to the literature on what is a most charismatic group of birds. The scholarship is exemplary and the plates by Eustace Barnes are nicely executed. The photographic coverage is superior, particularly given the difficulty of seeing--let alone photographing--many of the rarer species. The passion that Kirwan and Green have for these fascinating birds is evident on every page."--Kevin J. Zimmer, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours

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A must in any ornithological collection.
Mike "Madbirder" Nelson
As much as I am a fan of illustration, it is fabulous to have both drawn and photographic depictions of these birds.
Dean Rallison
The range maps and photographs are very helpful, as is the reference section.
ChrisP

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James L. Spingarn on January 31, 2012
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This densely packed 600 plus page monograph on the cotinga and manakin bird families is superb. It is at once a scholarly tome with lengthy, scientifically organized facts on each species including a general explanation, identification details, distribution including excellent maps, movements, habitat, description, measurements, geographical variations (races), voice, natural history, food and feeding, breeding, status and references. My only criticism is that in being all inclusive with virtually every fact know about each species and sub-species the publishers were apparently forced to use a small font as their print medium. It can be a bit eye-straining. But don't let that daunt you.

This book is superb. Certainly one of the very best written and illustrated monographs on birds in years. Eustace Barnes birds paintings are elegant, but purposeful in showing off the bird as it might be seen in nature but with an eye to providing the proper spotting clues. He has captured them perfectly. On a scale of one to ten the art is a nine or better. Some images are amazing and magnificent. Accompanying all this are lately taken photographs of most species, sexes or races where possible. These are excellent, too.

It is no field guide being much to wide and heavy for field use. Yet it is and will be the bible of these bird families for many years to come.

Great job, if you like exotic, beautiful tropical birds and wish to have the definitive study and the fun of reading a gorgeous volume, then don't miss this book. In the not too technical sections the book reads informatively and easily and is interesting. You won't go wrong. A long awaited but huge achievement.

A GRAND JOB!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dean Rallison on April 9, 2012
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What is so amazing about this book (and there are many things), is that one can see the architectural mind of the authors in its design. For me, there are only Hummingbirds and the Birds of Paradise that as groups can compete - with a a shy glance at Pheasants, Trogons, (and Turacos and Parrots, and a few others...). If only there was a book like this for Hummingbirds!!!! (especially when there are so many experts in this field still alive..).

The format is an exemplar of excellence, a field guide/ID section at the front, and photographs of every species, all known ornithological literature drawn together coherently in a barely known field. The hommage to the Snows - the resplendent trailblazers in this field, is another credit to the authors (why do so few acknowlege the shoulders of the giants they stand on?).

As much as I am a fan of illustration, it is fabulous to have both drawn and photographic depictions of these birds.

In my view, this is the best bird book to appear in aeons.

Dean
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ChrisP on March 26, 2012
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I purchased this book after traveling to the Amazon rainforest in Jan. 2011 to photograph the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, the bird featured on the cover of this book! It is a spectacular bird and deserves the cover! I did find the bird and photograph it. I found this book very helpful in learning more about all aspects of the known life history of this species. As a retired fisheries biologist, and avid birder, I found the information well written, detailed and very informative. I have seen many of the other species covered by the book and find their information just as informative. The range maps and photographs are very helpful, as is the reference section. I was especially interested in the "Status" writeup of the species. The only downside of the book is the small type used, although I realized if the type was larger the book would have been much thicker and probably more expensive. It is worth the price. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in these two groups of tropical birds. is a serious birder and may want to travel to the tropics to find them. It is not a field guide, but is a terrific reference for your bird library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike "Madbirder" Nelson on September 30, 2012
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This is a very impressive tome on this group of birds. Once past the lavishly illustrated cover you come across pages on the contents, preface, acknowledgements, and how to use the book. There are a few pages on movements and migration and voice, breeding biology and food and foraging. Then there are several pages concentrating on the systematics of this complex group with details about families and subfamilies and genus level.

Following the introduction are 34 beautiful plates that are illustrated extremely well and not overcrowded. All the plates are by Eustace Barnes so the artwork is consistent throughout. There are notes on the left about the plumages being illustrated and map and text references.

Once past the plates you get to the meat of the book and the species accounts. Each Genus is covered in an introductory paragraph at the beginning of each respective section. The accounts come with a range map and photographs of the species in question with in depth notes on identification, distribution, movements, habitat, description, measurements, geographical variation, voice, natural history, breeding, status and references.

Overall this book is a fantastic work on the families concerned and the layout is excellent and comprehensive. This carries on from Snow's great work on Cotingas (link below) but is more up to date with recent taxonomic changes and more comprehensive artwork. A must in any ornithological collection.

The Cotingas
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