Birds of the West Indies

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Fully illustrated, easy to use, and completely up-to-date, Birds of the West Indies is 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 region

  • Features ninety-three color plates with concise text on facing pages for quick reference and easy identification

  • Species accounts cover identification, voice, status and habitat, and range

  • Color distribution maps

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About the author

Herbert Raffaele is Chief of the Office of International Conservation of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He is the author of A Guide to the Birds of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (Princeton).
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Publisher
Princeton University Press
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Published on
Apr 23, 2010
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Pages
216
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ISBN
9781400836185
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Birdwatching Guides
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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