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Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – July 30, 2006

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'For visiting birders, I would unhesitatingly recommend this book as a must - there is no other guide like it.' Scottish Bird News (June 2007) 'Tony Clarke's guide is more up-to-date, and more pragmatic in its approach, than any other work covering the Atlantic Islands, and should be required reading for every resident or visiting birder.' Birdwatch (August 2006) 'Tony Clarke's energy, enthusiam and awareness shine through time and time again - it's a splendid achievement. I like his whole approach... not only has he filled an important gap in birding coverage, he has done so in a way that, if slightly quirky, works very well.' Birds Illustrated (Spring 2007) 'Tony Clarke's superb new book covers all the species recorded on the islands to date...supported beautifully by Chris Orgill and Tony Disley's illustrations. This is an absolute must-have for the birdwatcher planning a trip to any of the Atlantic Islands.' The Visitor (13th September 2006) 'This excellent guide is the first to deal exclusively with the birds of this spectacular region... This has to be the field guide of choice for anyone visiting the islands.' Birdtours.co.uk (29th August 2006)

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Tony Clarke is the Canary Islands' top resident bird guide.
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Product Details

  • Series: Helm Field Guides
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black (July 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713660236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713660234
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yeray Seminario on November 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
To begin with, I expected a smaller, handy and portable guide. This one, is big, and heavy, even more if you consider the small range that covers this guide. The plates are correct, but nowadays there are a few guides covering these species that do much, much better. I don't like the disposition either. The information about identification, habitat and else, is separated from the plates, what is always very annoying. It lacks even distribution maps, what should be pretty easy to do on the range covered. The maps are substituted by lists with the species and its distribution, separated in the different archipelagos. Advice, stick with your collins guide, Birds of Europe and north of Africa if you want an identification guide of Macaronesia. This guide adds little valuable information and it works poorly in the field.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Holloway on June 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Basics: 2006, 1st edition, softcover, 300 pages, 69 color plates, 100+ b&w illustrations, 500 species, no range maps

First, to clarify the geography of this book: Only the four northern Atlantic island chains known collectively as Macaronesia (not Macro or Micro) are covered by this book. These are the Canary, Madeira, Azores, and Cape Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic which range between Portugal south to Senegal of northwest Africa.

This is the only complete field guide to cover these island groups in the northeast Atlantic. All birds, both residents and vagrants, are covered in the plates and text. The real treat of these plates is the many endemic species and subspecies found on these islands. All are very well illustrated. Where appropriate, the birds are illustrated to show plumage differences between gender, age, season, and subspecies. I was happy to see five different illustrations for the African Blue Tit. The five illustrations cover the four different subspecies that are debatedly each a good species.

The artwork is good with good color reproduction. Some of the birds are drawn a little small, such as the waxbills, finches, kinglets and tits. As an example, the plate with the waxbills and finches contains 26 different individuals.

The text is presented in two formats. First, a very brief physical description is shown across from the plate. Letter codes also indicate on which islands the birds may be found. Second, the latter half of the book gives longer species accounts for each bird. The accounts are of variable length (2-7 paragraphs) outlining identification, voice, range, and status. Since this is meant to be an identificaiton guide, there is little to no natural history included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Correne George on April 14, 2009
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This book is very impressive and has great illustrations. It is packed with lots of information but is not overwhelming. After actually using it in the Azores, I can say that I am still a big fan of this book. The illustrations are excellent, I would say better that almost ANY field guide I have ever seen or used. The only drawback is the weight is slightly heavy for a field guide. But don't let that stop you from buying this great book! Even if you are planning a trip to mainland Europe, this book would be a great resource for most parts of Europe. Buy it!
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By Cind on October 14, 2010
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This book is exactly what I thought it would be. Can't wait to use it on LaPalma, CI,
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