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Birds of Argentina & Uruguay: A Field Guide Paperback – August 12, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Zagier & Urruty Pubns (August 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 987913205X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9879132050
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,421,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Basics: 2003, 15th edition, softcover, 341 pages, 256 color plates, 975 species, range map for each bird

First published in 1987, this is a brief, concise identification guide covering all of Argentina, Uruguay, and the Falkland Islands.

There are 975 species illustrated, with 3-4 on each page. The majority of the birds are illustrated with multiple views (e.g., perched vs. flying; dorsal vs. ventral) and are accompanied by a very short (20-60 words) physical description of the bird. Only the minimum of text is given to range or habitat - typically only a dozen words.

The artistic quality is decent but not great. The physical structure of the passerines is captured with better realism than other groups such as the gulls, terns, shorebirds, ducks, or petrels. These latter groups have misproportioned wings, bills, chests, or length-to-width ratios. Additionally, similar species (e.g., elaenias, flycatchers, furnarids, etc.) will expose the limitations of the minimal descriptions, small-sized paintings, and average detail.

The color reproduction is much better in the 2003 and later editions than in the books printed up through the mid 1990s. The earlier editions have muted or washed out colors on a thinner paper that allows birds from the other side to bleed through. The new books have sharper edges to the illustrations and are on thicker, glossy paper.

The range maps are tiny at 1x2cm; however, they do effectively illustrate the generalized range of the birds.

Heads-up: This book is the original source used to create four other scaled-down books that use the same paintings, text, and maps. They're mini-clones.
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This book served me well in Patagonia, Buenos Aires, and Iguazu Falls.

Weaknesses: It's a bit big and bulky to easily bring along. Substantively, this book could be improved with larger maps and pages comparing similar species. With the biodiversity of this area, perhaps the only solution is to split the book in two.

Strengths: Complete, good index, names of species in both English and Spanish.

Given the alternatives, I'm still quite pleased that I bought and used this book.
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I'm grateful to have a bird book for Uruguay but I've been spoiled by the quality and depth of the field guides I use in North America.

There is very little info specifically for Uruguay, Uruguay is treated like a red headed step child.
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The book is OK. It is nice that it combines one photo and a drawing of each bird. It is also in both Spanish and English, which is good if you have a local guide who is not bilingual. The great bonus is the CD of birds songs included in the package. It also comes with a plastic carrying case, that doesn't look like it will last very long in the field, but is OK for keeping the CD and CD guide together at home.
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