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Birds of the West Indies

Birds of the West Indies

Herbert Raffaele
James Wiley
Orlando Garrido
Allan Keith
Janis Raffaele
Tracy Pedersen
Kristin Williams
Cynthie Fisher
Don Radovich
Bart Rulon
Copyright Date: 2003
Pages: 208
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    Birds of the West Indies
    Book Description:

    Fully illustrated, easy to use, and completely up-to-date,Birds of the West Indiesis the only field guide that covers all of the bird species known to occur in the region--including migrants and infrequently occurring forms. Each species is represented by a full description that includes identification field marks, status and range, habitat, and voice. A map showing the bird's distribution accompanies many species accounts, and plumages of all species are depicted in ninety-three beautifully rendered color plates.

    Bird lovers, vacationing tourists, local residents, and "armchair travelers" will all want to own this definitive field guide to the birds of the West Indies.

    Includes all species recorded in the regionFeatures ninety-three color plates with concise text on facing pages for quick reference and easy identificationSpecies accounts cover identification, voice, status and habitat, and rangeColor distribution maps

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-3618-5
    Subjects: Zoology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 5-5)
  3. [Map]
    (pp. 6-6)
    (pp. 7-15)

    The primary goal of this guide is to promote an interest in birds among the local people of the Caribbean islands. It is only when people appreciate and respect their birdlife that they ever come to protect it. The book also aims to facilitate the study of West Indian birds by both novice and professional alike.

    The West Indies are taken to include all islands of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Lesser Antilles, San Andrés and Providencia.

    Omitted are Trinidad and Tobago and other islands off the north coast of South America. Though Trinidad and Tobago appear...

  5. Species Accounts and Color Plates
    (pp. 16-203)

    GREATER SHEARWATERPuffinus gravis 48cm (19in).One of two large shearwaters in West Indies; noticeable white bands on hindneck and rump contrast with black cap and dark grayish-brown upperparts. STATUS AND RANGE: Uncommon non-breeding resident among Bahamas and off Puerto Rico primarily May through July, but can occur any month. Likely rare through rest of West Indies during these months. HABITAT: At sea.

    CORY’S SHEARWATERCalonectris diomedea 46–53cm (18–21in).Large shearwater, appears featureless at distance. Pale yellowish bill, white uppertail-coverts variable in extent; coloration of cheek and neck blend with underparts. FLIGHT: Leisurely on broad, loosely held wings,...

    (pp. 204-205)
    (pp. 206-216)