This guide offers information on both identification and where to find the birds
Birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao is the essential guide for anyone traveling to those islands. It showcases the more than 280 species seen on Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao and provides descriptions of and directions to the best places to bird, from the famous white sand beaches to hidden watering holes to the majestic national parks. Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, the 'ABCs', located in the southwestern Caribbean, not far from Venezuela, share fascinating ecological features with the West Indies as well as the South American mainland, making birding on the islands unique. The identification portion of the book features endemic subspecies such as the Brown-throated Parakeet; a wide variety of wintering North American migrants; spectacular restricted-range northern South American species such as the Yellow-shouldered Parrot, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Troupial, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, and Yellow Oriole; and West Indian species including the Pearly-eyed Thrasher and Caribbean Elaenia.
Our Opinion: The site guide includes the best time-tested, favorite birding spots that are relatively easy to get to, where birders can see as many birds as they can, as easily as possible. Each island has color maps, detailed site descriptions, target birds, and directions. The site guides make up 70 pages of the book.
Detailed species accounts comprise the bulk of the book, with English, Latin, Papiamento and Dutch names, description, similar species, voice, status, and range. These reference the color plate number of the species. The next section is 59 color plates, opposite brief ID text (no range maps), referencing the page number of the full species account. The book ends with a section on bird conservation, an annotated list by island, and an index of common and scientific names.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Year of Publication: 2017
Page Count: 474
Weight: 1.75 lb