van Perlo, Ber.

Brazil’s bird diversity is one of the richest in the world. They are all in this field guide – every species and many subspecies found in each region of Brazil, with special attention given to the 218 Brazilian endemics, over 1,800 species in total. The book is laid out so that the illustrations sit across from the commentary and the distribution maps, so it is easy to use. Also, the author uses shorthand 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.

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Oxford University Press USA, August 2009. 465 pages, paperback, 187 colour plates, 1791 maps, 5 line illustrations

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Weight 1050 g