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Hawaii's Birds Paperback – January 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-1889708003 ISBN-10: 1889708003 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Hawaii Audubon Society; 5th edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889708003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889708003
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Sho on March 30, 2007
Here's my review of the 2005 (6th) edition.

+ Easier to use than previous edition, better photos and color register
- Some photos omitted from previous edition were helpful for identification, still some disorganization

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This new edition is a great improvement over the 5th. Entries cover 141 species and subspecies. Birds are still organized by habitat, but page headers and color coding make finding a bird much quicker, which is useful for field identification. Symbols showing endemic, indigenous, alien, visitor, and endangered species are clearer. The endemic bird list and distribution maps have been updated, as have references and descriptions (for example, this edition notes the split of the African Silverbill [Lonchura cantans] from the Warbling Silverbill [Lonchura malabarica]). Each entry includes 1-2 photos (many of higher quality than in thge previous edition), the common name, Hawaiian name, genus and species (plus subspecies where relevant), distribution, description, voice, and habits. The "voice" and "habits" sections are especially helpful for differentiating between birds of similar habitat and appearance. A collection of island maps in the back provide a quick reference for common birds.

Although the color-coded tabs make the book much more usable, it's still not clear what determined the order in which birds appear within each section. It is the same as in the 5th edition and is not alphabetical by common name, Hawaiian name, or genus; it also is not in order of relative frequency. While I appreciate most of the new photos, and particulatly those of juveniles, some omissions are puzzling.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2006
This small booklet provides a useable introduction to birds that can be seen in Hawaii. It is organized by habitat, with sections for marine birds, water birds, urban birds, upland birds, and forest birds. It covers native birds, endemic birds, and recently introduced birds. In general, each bird is described in a short article that includes an illustration, the common name, the scientific name, and notes on distribution, physical description, calls, and behavior. Birds that are endangered or rare are specifically identified as such. End material includes a lists of endemic birds by family, introduced birds, migratory birds, selected references, suggested places for birding (with maps) and an index. The book is illustrated mostly with color photographs, along with pen and ink drawings or water color paintings in some instances.

The book is short enough that it doesn't require a key to use (which is fortunate, since it doesn't have one.) It covers most of the common birds that can be seen in the islands, as well as well-known rare or possibly extinct Hawaiian birds. One bird that is commonly seen in Volcano National Park is the Kalij Pheasant, but this bird does not appear in the book for some reason. Note: a great place to see nenes is in the parking lot of Kulanaokuaiki campground on Hilina Pali Road in the National Park on rainy mornings (that is, just about any day). But be sure to wear shoes instead of sandals, or this endangered species may sustain itself by nibbling on your toes, contrary to park rules about feeding the nene.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Roadrunner on February 25, 2007
E. Mitchell has very nicely summarized the content of the book. I'd just add that, having looked at two or three bird guides covering Hawaii, this is the best of them; it has more and better photos, and is useful in distinguishing the sadly disappearing native birds from the imported and the occasional visitors. Finally, its compact form is great for the traveler or occasional visitor to Hawaii.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By smme on June 24, 2010
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This book will give you a basic idea of birds to be found in Hawaii and the pictures are good. However, it does not include pictures of female , juvenile or birds in non-breeding plumage or in most cases even give written descriptions of how juvenile and females differ in appearance from male birds. I found this very frustrating as I saw birds which did not fit any of the given pictures and had no way to figure out what they were. Anyone who is a serious birder like I am will be unhappy with this book and amateur birders are going to be left wondering why they can't identify some of the birds they see.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keet Kopecky on April 6, 2008
There is no better book for the casual birder in Hawaii than this compact field guide produced by the Hawaii Audubon Society. Even the very experienced birder will be happy with this book as a necessary supplement to Pratt's much more academic "The Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific" which has become quite dated during the 20 years since its publication. The photos in the Hawaii Audubon Society's Hawaii's Birds are excellent and make identification easy. The natural history information on each species is probably the most detailed of any Hawaiian bird guide available anywhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Torres on June 14, 2011
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It is a very nice bird book. It was given as a gift to my wife and she really liked it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Friends and Feathers on March 22, 2011
This is the best book for Hawaiian bird watching. It tells where each bird is found, whether it is endemic and/or endangered. It does use pictures rather than illustrations (I prefer illustrations as they make field marks easier to see). The book is small and easy to carry.
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