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A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific Paperback – June 1, 1987
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The text is organized by order and family, not by region, so the flycatchers of Tahiti appear next to the flycatchers of Palau rather than near other Tahitian birds. But the illustrations are grouped by region: Samoan land birds appear together, regardless of relationships. This greatly facilitates use in the field.
The illustrations are paintings, not photographs, which allows the authors to show similar birds in identical poses as well as eliminating the accidental marks which appear in even the best photographs and can confuse the user.
The authors have chosen to include the extinct birds of the region as well as the living ones. This puts a certain amount of "deadwood" on the illustration pages, which may be detrimental. But, considering that more than one "extinct" bird has been found after being missing for nearly a hundred years, it is probably worth the minor inconvenience.
I have used the book extensively in Hawai'i and believe it to be the best guide Hawai'i's birds. I would not consider being without it anywhere in its area of coverage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is dated, but until there is an update, it is the best there is for a Hawaii birderPublished 16 days ago by Ellen L. Schoonover
Strange to use with the index before the plates which are in the back of the book.Published 2 months ago by birder
Wish someone would redo this book. Needs better organization. It's the best available right now.Published 16 months ago by raden
This looks to be a great book but I am yet to use it. It would be nice if the plates were alongside the descriptions along with a map, as you can't quickly see which bird can be... Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Milly
This book is excellent and provides a great resource for birding in the pacific basin. Im a PhD student in Ornithology and I highly recommend this book.Published on August 25, 2013 by Bryan M. Reiley
I am travelling to Hawaii on business this summer and can't wait to use this book on my extended personal birding part o fhte trip!Published on May 28, 2013 by Sandy
I have no idea why some publishers continue to produce books that have the color "plates" on one page and the discription on another (usually a few hundred pages away). Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Sean C King