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"A must have for those birding the region."--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report

"This island trio is located just off the coast of South America, but, fascinatingly, the birdlife has a strong West Indian element and includes migrants from the north as well as visitors from the south. (American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird, and Prothonotary, Blackpoll, and Connecticut warblers occur regularly.) Until this handy book, there was no comprehensive field guide."--Bird Watching Magazine

About the Author

Bart de Boer is a Dutch ornithologist. He is the author of "Our Birds: Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba and Our Animals: Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba." Eric Newton is an amateur ornithologist who resides on Curacao. Robin Restall is the principal author and sole illustrator of "Birds of Northern South America."
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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Field Guides
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (February 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691153361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691153360
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Dutch or Netherlands Antilles have long been overlooked as field guides go. As they lie close to Venezuela they have been ignored by the Caribbean guides and as they are not part of Venezuela they have been ignored in those guides. The islands themselves are a holiday destination so this guide comes as a welcome addition to the many avifauna guides.

The introduction covers the history of the islands then there are pages on general flora and fauna, avifauna, how to use the book and birding topography. Each of the islands gets a page with a map covering the special birding areas. A few notes about conservation law and the first Ramsar sites in the western hemisphere and a few paragraphs about local names.

Next are the 70 plates and species accounts. Each plate is faced with text. Names is English and Latin are given with local names for Ar, Bon, Cur and in Dutch. Descriptions and identification hints follow with specific ID points in bold text. Description of Voice is covered followed by Habits and Habitat. Status covers breeding and migration for the islands and there are some notes where relevant about taxonomy.

After the plates there is an appendix of escaped and introduced birds followed by a checklist of the areas species and which islands they occur on.

For me the artwork is a bit sub-par considering Robin Restalls rather good work in Munias and Mannikins, there are examples of some quite nice work with the passerines, especially the Warblers, but some of the other plates have some inconsistent work, though most of the features will still aid in identification there are a few discrepancies. That said there is plenty of artwork for the many subspecies one would encounter.
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A review taken from my website:

The introduction begins with a nice summary of the islands' geological and human histories as well as a bit about their climate. We are then introduced to the general flora and fauna of the islands and then the avifauna. The next few pages are occupied by the ever-present "How to use this book" section, followed by a few illustrations of bird topography. Between the intro and plates, is a section on the islands and their birding sites (a nice surprise), with a separate map (labeled) and description for each island.

We then reach the plates, which follow the commonly used description (no range maps) and distribution on left, illustrations on the right. Each species receives a short description "with key identification features highlighted in bold italics," followed by descriptions of voice, habitat and status and distribution, plus alternate names (not present for every species). Length is provided in centimeters and wingspan is given for a limited number of species.

The plates are done by Robin Restall, whom you may be familiar with as the author of Birds of Northern South America. The book claims to have nearly 1,000 illustrations, many of which are taken from his other book.

The plates are then directly followed by a short appendix that lists a few occasional escapes that may be encountered. A handy checklist to the birds of the island follows. Each island is contained in a separate column with an added column for GTS (Globally Threatened Species) whose IUCN Red List code is marked. The book wraps up with a bibliography and index.

I should add that this book has a sharp European flair to it, with all measurements in centimeters and a few words spelled differently (i.e. Tricoloured Heron).
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Used during our trip in February to help identify birds seen. Extremely helpful. There are many birds in Aruba which we do not have in the United States so my birding apps and books were not useful there. this book was great. It shows what the birds look like, and which islands they are found (and not found) on. Also places to bird.
While our primary purpose in Aruba was not bird watching, we ended up seeing and enjoying many birds because of this book. If you are a bird watcher and are going to Aruba, you should get this book and take it with you.
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While 'some' of the illustrations are not up to the quality of Peterson or much of the Nat'l Geo. guide, they are still good (in some cases VERY good) and the FG is well done and easy to use. It made confirming bird IDs in Aruba much easier. Suggestion for the authors: Perhaps 3 thin lines below the text for each species displaying the monthly distribution of the birds for each island. That would really help. This IS a well done field guide that was indispensable on our last trip, and is well worth buying.
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I live on Bonaire and use this book all of the time. Unlike other bird guides for the region, this finely illustrated book concentrates only on the birds of the ABCs. Thus finding the correct ID for a bird that you see is done quickly. This guide also includes species that rarely visit here.
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The book was a real help when I went to Bonaire. I used the book to photo and identify several species of Bonaire birds.
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this is exactly the book that I was looking for! I love being able to ID the birds I have photographed.
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