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The following critiques express the opinions of the individual evaluators regarding the strengths, weaknesses, and value of the books they review.
As such, the appraisals are subjective assessments and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or any official policy of the American Ornithologists' Union. Ber van Perlo. Yes, there is always room for improvement. This guide's main strength is that it is more compact than most.
Having all the information one needs in one very portable book is certainly handy. All species in the region are illustrated, including accidentals and hypotheticals—the only ones missing are Tricolored Munia Lonchura malacca and some recent accidentals.
The most important features in a field guide are user-friendly design, accurate illustrations, and concise information that complements the illustrations. A bad design can spoil excellent text or illustrations. Van Perlo's guide basically uses the facing-page format for plates and text that has proved to be the design of choice for field guides; it is quite easy to get accustomed to text sometimes spilling over to the next or previous page, and the range maps bunched together at the end of the book are well cross- referenced with the species' English name and plate number.
Van Perlo generally did a good job of illustrating similar species in the same or adjacent plates the few exceptions include scattering black raptors among plates 14— The illustrations are the part of a field guide that will typically be used the most.
By far, most of the illustrations in Van Perlo's guide are accurate. But there are unfortunate errors, such as the horizontal posture of Spotted Barbtail Premnoplex brunnescens ; Turdus assimilis lygrus is unrecognizable; the legs and feet of Solitary Eagle Harpyhaliaetus solitarius are too thin; the tail is too long in Common Poorwill Phalaenoptilus nuttallii ; and the beaks are too long in Atthis and Lamprolaima.
Illustrating birds to scale, especially within the same plate and family, is very important. Of course, illustrating condors and hummingbirds to the same scale is not practical in a field guide in the 19th century, John James Audubon had to produce a double elephant folio to achieve just that , but an approximation within practical limits is worthwhile. Again, for the most part, van Perlo has done a good job. Rails in plate 23 seem smaller than crakes in plate In plate 38, parrots look smaller than the parakeets in plate The hummingbirds in plate 46—from coquettes Lophornis spp.
Van Perlo states p. However, some more closely follow Sibley and Monroe , Most flying falcons in plate 22 are mislabeled. Also, both species of Caryothraustes are given identical scientific names. The text of a field guide should be helpful and concise enough that reading it while having the bird in view does not become tedious.
A detailed description of plumage is unnecessary, because that is what the illustrations are for—and as we have all heard, a picture is worth a thousand words. Lengthy descriptions of range, seasonality, and abundance are also unnecessary if they are provided in a map.
Are the identification tips provided in the text helpful? Usually, but for some species, brevity resulted in incomplete or misleading text. Many of the following examples are attributable to the extreme brevity of the text, combined with suboptimum illustrations. It would have been nice to see both the black that partially encircles the eye-ring and the well-defined back streaks mentioned as features separating Oaxaca Sparrow Aimophila notosticta from Rufous- crowned and Rusty sparrows A.
Anyone relying on this guide to identify a King Rail Rallus elegans tenuirostris in central Mexico will probably not be satisfied with the information provided. It is unfortunate that the yellow or red underwings of flickers Colaptes spp.
Well-marked subspecies are treated in this as in most other guides to the region but important omissions here are Lampornis amethystinus margaritae, Automolus ochrolaemus cervinigularis, Mionectes oleagineus assimilis , and Salpinctes obsoletus fasciatus ; yet, as in other guides, insufficient warning is made that because subspecies featured are often only a sample, subspecific identification based on the guide remains tentative, and a taxonomist may identify a bird as belonging to a subspecies not mentioned in the guide.
The range maps in van Perlo's guide use a clever system of symbols and hatching to concisely indicate relative abundance and seasonal status as well as distribution. The outlines of distribution are largely based on maps from www. They are therefore quite accurate but contain many of the same omissions. Much new data published in the past 10 years e. The treatment of Amazona ochrocephala and A.
Overall, I recommend this guide to anyone who needs a portable book for identifying most birds in this region. The compactness that is its main strength, however, is not without its disadvantages. The font is very small; I have no trouble reading it, but I may in 10 years. Any increase in font size would be appreciated. Making the pages 1 cm wider or adding 50 or so extra pages, or both, to accomplish this—and to enhance text helpfulness, particularly with difficult cases such as Empidonax flycatchers—would still leave this guide conveniently compact.
The flaws I have mentioned can be fixed quite easily. I very much look forward to a second edition of this guide. Sibley , C. Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World.
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Guatemala covers , sq km ranging in altitude from sea level to 4, m 13, ft. The rough topography causes a high diversity of habitats, including lowland rainforests, mountain cloud forests, pine-oak forests, high-altitude fir forests, alpine scrub and savannahs, arid thorn scrub, mangroves, extensive interior and coastal wetlands. The Guatemalan mountains are part of the highlands ranging from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico to the Lake of Nicaragua. Guatemala is an attractive birding destination with more than bird species formally recorded, a well-maintained road system, a network of comfortable lodges and hotels, private and state nature reserves. In addition, unlike any other Central American countries, Guatemala has a vibrant living Mayan culture combined with an impressive pre-Columbian Mayan history, witnessed by top-notch birding sites such as Tikal with its towering temple pyramids amidst the vast rainforest.
The following critiques express the opinions of the individual evaluators regarding the strengths, weaknesses, and value of the books they review. As such, the appraisals are subjective assessments and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or any official policy of the American Ornithologists' Union. Ber van Perlo.
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Written and illustrated by Ber van Perlo, this handsome work covers more than 1, species. Enhanced with ninety-eight color plates, the book provides illustrations of all plumages for the adult males and females as well as the juveniles of each species. Illustrations appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference. Comprehensive and highly portable, this guide is a must for any birdwatcher visiting the region. Their small, lightweight sizes make for easy packing and carrying in the back pocket while trudging around the countryside.
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Some of the rest of the istmus would, no doubt, be just as popular if those countries were better known to birders. Unfortunately some have a reputation as being unsafe but most are on a par with most nations For example, Panama is less feted but has a list of nearly bird species and shares many of these with its more famous neighbour. Moreover, it is the fastest growing economy in Latin America and its good infrastructure and growing number of eco-lodges [such as Canopy Tower voted one of the top 50 eco-lodges in the world! I stayed at the Canopy Tower and at the equally well located and certainly more luxurious Canopy Lodge and have no hesitation in recommending them. I found the people helpful and friendly and we fell in love with its beautiful wild areas. The birding was terrific and we hope to return to discover more as it too has distinct eco-regions with different avifauna that certainly warrant re-visiting.
Беккер замахал руками. Ну и порядки. Звук мотора, похожий на визг циркулярной пилы, заставил его повернуться. Парень крупного сложения и прильнувшая к нему сзади девушка въехали на стоянку на стареньком мотоцикле Веспа-250. Юбка девушки высоко задралась от ветра, но она не обращала на это ни малейшего внимания.
В этот момент в тридцати метрах от них, как бы отвергая мерзкие признания Стратмора, ТРАНСТЕКСТ издал дикий, душераздирающий вопль. Звук был совершенно новым - глубинным, зловещим, нарастающим, похожим на змею, выползающую из бездонной шахты. Похоже, фреон не достиг нижней части корпуса.