A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil by Ber van PerloA Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil by Ber van Perlo

A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil

byBer van Perlo

Paperback | October 11, 2009

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Brazil's bird diversity is one of the richest in the world. And yet there has never been a comprehensive field guide to this splendid and elusive avifauna. Until now. The carefully vetted text and images are the first to cover the full range of bird life in this vast and varied country. The more than 1800 up-to-date accounts treat the Yellow-nosed Albatross to the Sombre Hummingbird, the Ash-throated Gnat-eater to the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Nighthawks andJacamars to Motmots, Puffbirds, and Peppershrikes. They are all here - every species and many subspecies found in each region of Brazil - with special attention given to the 218 Brazilian endemics. The book is laid out so that the illustrations sit across from the commentary and the distributionmaps, so it is easy to use. Also, the author uses short-hand notation throughout, to make the book compact and easy to carry when in the field. For each bird, the scientific, English, and Portuguese name are given as well as detailed information on measurement; identifying features; habitat; voice,song, and call. Distribution maps show the range for each species, also indicating seasonality and occurrence, essential for finding and identifying specific birds. From the equatorial North to the tropics, the introductory paragraphs set the stage in describing Brazil's varied biogeography,climate, geomorphology, and natural vegetation. A list of protected areas of Brazil, information on relevant national and international organizations, a bibliography and further references, and an English-Portuguese dictionary of frequently used terms enhance the user-friendly qualities. Anyone wishing to fully explore the fabulously varied bird life of Brazil will find this light-weight, easy-to-use, attractive guide an invaluable field companion.
Ber van Perlo is the author and illustrator of numerous popular field guides including Birds of Eastern Africa, Birds of Southern Africa, Birds of Western and Central Africa, and Birds of Mexico and Central America. Until 1991 he worked as a geographer and physical planner for the Dutch National Forest Service.
Title:A Field Guide to the Birds of BrazilFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.4 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:October 11, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195301552

ISBN - 13:9780195301557

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best book for Brazil Advantages: • Covers all Brazilian species • Very well laid out. • Very clear distribution maps – excellent use of colors for seasonal variations. • Excellent index. • Descriptions and maps opposite the plates. • Several names are used following popular nomenclatures e.g. Maroon/Reddish bellied Parakeet. • Species names in English, Portuguese and Scientific. • Species are well laid out on each plate – average is about 10 species / page. Disadvantages: • Plates are from very good to mediocre e.g. Tanagers Tyrannulets. Most are OK cf next point. • The ‘jizz’ of many species, especially the families that are confined to South America, is poor e.g. the Spadebills. • A bit bulky – 6½” x 9½” x 1” for a field guide – could have made it 6” x 9” without sacrificing anything i.e. lots of space. • Size of species on most plates may be totally misleading e.g. on plate 46 Macaw at 50cm is same size as Pigeon at 40cm. • Wastage of 1 cm of empty space at top and bottom of book unnecessarily makes it heavier to carry in field. • Numbering system – not the most ideal: why repeat the plate number beside the illustration of each species? Overall: • If you are travelling to Brazil it is ‘the’ book to have. For the passerines Ridgely and Tudor’s Songbirds of South America is superior and their two volume series is excellent but the latter are not field guides. For northern Brazil Restall, Rodner and Lentino’s Birds of Northern South America Vol 2 may be a better choice but for bird descriptions you will have to have Vol 1. The locally produced All the birds of Brazil by Souza is, in my opinion, a very distant competitor.
Date published: 2012-10-06