- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; First edition. edition (December 23, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691012253
- ISBN-13: 978-0691012254
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Guide to the Birds of the Galápagos Islands Hardcover – December 23, 1996
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Made famous by Charles Darwin's work on evolution and speciation, the Galapagos Islands contain an extraordinary wildlife that attracts thousands of visitors today. Those tourists who wish to concentrate on the birdlife now have A Guide to the Birds of the Galapagos Islands, which offers unprecedented comprehensive coverage. This field guide presents every species to have been recorded within the archipelago, including accidentals and vagrants. Twenty eight color plates illustrate the species, while four color plates show the key island habitats, with typical bird species for each also depicted. Beautiful line drawings, often showing interesting aspects of bird behavior, complement a concise, accessible, and informative text.
The book describes the morphological aspects that make it possible to identify the birds in the field, and also explains the natural history of the species that are resident to the Islands. An introduction offers information on the weather, topography, and evolution of the Islands and their birdlife. With this guide, all visitors, experts and beginners, will be able to identify and appreciate any species within the unique avifauna of the the Galapagos Islands.
About the Author
Isabel Castro has worked for the Charles Darwin Research Station on the Galápagos Islands and now lives in New Zealand, where she continues her work in animal behavior and conservation of endangered species. Antonia Phillips, a freelance wildlife artist, has worked with the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galápagos Conservation Trust.
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Unlike another reviewer, I DO recommend going to the Galápagos, but I also suggest doing research (Barry Boyce's guide, and others) to choose a "green" small boat trip of a week or ten days, one that assures minimum impact.
Politically, these unique and valuable islands are in peril right now from what has heretofore been an uncaring and corrupt government that has allowed illegal migration of people and their cirtters (one result was the 2002 oil spill off San Cristobal), untrammeled shark finning, sea cucumber gathering and commercial fishing within the boundaries of a most unique and valuable World Heritage Site and presumably legally-protected Ecuadorian National Park. Ecotourism has provided the money, concern and motivation to keep these islands preserved for research and future generations- for now. GO on this trip of a lifetime, but please tread lightly, observe and learn, support the "Islas Encantadas" from being fished out and plundered.
The distribution maps would help.
I would prefer either tha Latin species names on the color plates or the species description on the adjoined page together with the species number on the plate, however many English-speaking authors forget that the English names are not the official scientific names, so it can be considered a minor problem.
Unlike some other field guides this book contains the systematics of the species.
This is one of the worst field guides I ever seen, however its main positive point is that it exists.