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A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil [Paperback]

Ber van Perlo
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29 Oct 2009
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 and Jacamars 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 distribution maps, 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.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; First Edition edition (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195301552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195301557
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Van Perlo's book can be considered the best bird field guide produced so far for Brazil due to a combination of its light weight and small size, thorough coverage of species, and generally good quality and useful plates, text, and range maps."--The Quarterly Review of Biology"This latest publication of a field guide to Brazilian birds moves the bar a couple of notches above the several existing recent attempts, all of which have been published in Brazil. It is certainly the single most useful book for field identification of Brazil's enormous and complex birdlife currently available. If you live in or soon plan to go birding in Brazil, buy this book and make the best of it; it will help you immensely!"--AUK"Any birdwatcher planning a trip to Brazil needs A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil. It is the first modern, in-depth guide to Brazil's birds and offers information on size, call and identifying features for nearly 2,000 birds. Clear color drawings pack a portable dictionary including an English-Portuguese dictionary especially for birders and some 1,700 species-distribution maps. Simply invaluable."--Midwest Book Review"Would I suggest to a traveling birder to buy one? Absolutely."--Indiana Audubon Quarterly"This is now the essential field guide companion that one would need when visiting Brazil."--Idaho Birding Blog"Highly recommended. The book will be useful to professional and amateur ornithologists, both in Brazil and bordering countries."--Choice

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the best there is. 8 Dec 2009
By JTSS47
Format:Paperback
Bought the book just before a birding trip to Brazil. Fortunately the trip was guided as the book was too large to easily take in the field. This was to be expected with over 1800 species illustrated on 187 colour plates. Unfortunately some of the illustrations didn't match the bird too well either. However, if you are going to Brazil, it will help with the bewildering number of birds you see and hear. There certainly isn't a better guide to the Birds of Brazil
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complete Guide 20 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is by far the best field guide for Brazil at present and there has been a lot of work gone into it.

There are a lot of positives about this book and it will be very useful for those who visit Brazil. I have been twice and the birding is wonderful. The lack of a field guide was a big problem.

Brazil has a huge number of species and each one is illustrated opposite a map and brief description. Its a largish book and would have to go in a bag or large pocket. Most illustration are in profile with birds in flight such as parrots which is good.

This guide is a good first edition but I would hope the author and publisher could make it a little more user friendly for the 2nd edition by the following:

I think the species accounts are very brief especially for the trickier groups. This is odd when there is often space at the base of the page. I prefer the bird labelled with a name and I think some annotations on the plate would assist the species account. Often the female is behind the male even though there is plenty of space. Colour coding of the top would help find the group rather than one colour.

The best field guide for Brazil and a big thank you to the author Ber van Parlo. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Achievement 13 Mar 2010
By hapax
Format:Paperback
This is exactly what the birder visiting Brazil always wanted but never had - a standard-format field guide. The amount of work gone into the illustrations, succinct descriptions and range maps for over 1850 species is immense. That's over twice the number of WP species, and we can only be grateful to van Perlo for condensing this information into such a portable and convenient form for our benefit.

It's hard to believe anyone would give this book anything other than 5 stars. A superb achievement - I'd give it 6 stars if I could.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The best guide available, but still inadequate 19 Feb 2012
By aland
Format:Paperback
I have used this guide on two trips to Brazil, and like more experienced birdwatchers I have met there have found it very frustrating. The illustrations are less than perfect, but that is a flaw in many field guides. What is sadly lacking is a comprehensive description of the birds. The word "unmistakable" is not of much help if the illustration is not accurate, or if you are trying to identify a bird in poor light. The Helm Guide to the Birds of South America is much better, though too bulky to be a field guide. Nevertheless, this is the best of a bad bunch, and contrary to what some reviewers have said, I did not find it too heavy to use in the field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A great book in concept and general information, the illustrations were disappointingly sketchy on the whole (hence three stars instead of five) when compared with other similar books I possess from different regions. The 'Look Inside!' feature had it included more than just the one Albatross page would have been a better aide to managing my expectations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ONE FOR BRAZIL 27 Jun 2011
By Stephen
Format:Paperback
To start with this has got to be one of the lightest field guide (around 1kg) for any country in and around the Amazon basin. Which is not bad as it contains all of the birds you are likley to see on a short trip to Brazil, but if you were going on a long visit or going to live there I would still buy this book but I would also buy THE BIRDS OF SOUTH AMERICA PASSERINES by Robert s Ridgley & Guy Tudor which would cover everything.
Right, now the book. It contains 1800 species which is not far short of the countrys total list. Also the artwork is pretty good, showing adult male / female and juveniles. There is also a map of the area where each species can found, well to be honest with a country the size of Brazil a map 25mm x 20mm is pretty useless. There is also a small amount of tex which is just about enough to get away with on a short break.
NOW I AM GOING TO BE HONEST. I have been to a few countrys in south America and they have all been fully organised trips with both British and local guides. So with there knowledge/I.D. skills I diddn't really need a field guide with me, as I would spend more time looking up each species in the book than looking at the bird, and by the time you have found the right page the bird has probably flown.
The book would be more use as a cross REF book to use back at the lodge/ hotel. Another bad point is the book wll not fit in any of my pockets as its too large 240mm x 165mm (9.5inc x 6.5inc)
One thing I had noticed, that if you have access to printing machinery you could use a guillotine and you could remove 25mm 1 inc of the top 10mm 1/2 inc of the side and 25mm 1 inc of the bottom and you would not lose any of the tex / artwork which would make it a bit easier to carry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Birds of Brazil by Ber van Perlo 19 Dec 2010
By RobG
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I was recommended this book for a forthcoming trip to Brazil by a birding tour guide. The plates are generally good. I've compared them to some of the plates in "Field Guide to the Birds of South America: Passerines" and most of them come out favourably. Information on species is very concise and could do with expansion. It isn't perfect but it's the best all round bet at present considering the alternatives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 20 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for forthcoming birdwatching holiday
I purchased this book as a reference guide for my husband for his forthcoming tour in Rio.
He has been birding for over 30 years and is very impressed with the clarity of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs S Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars This book fills an important niche
This is a nicely portable paperback guide. It has a less than enthusiastic reputation among some of the professional bird watchers in Brazil, perhaps because some of the erudition... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Professor PS Friedmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent birding guide
I bought this book before a recent trip to Brazil. As we were going to the Amazon region, the Pantanal and then to the south east, I needed a guide for the whole of Brazil, which... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Strikethree
4.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present
I bought this as a birthday present for my son who was emigrating to Brazil. The book was well illustrated and detailed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Y. Leeds
5.0 out of 5 stars birds of Brazil by Van Perlo
a very good field guide to birds of Brazil which has proved very useful in the field and is reasonably priced and manageable (reasonable weight etc)
Published 12 months ago by adrian middleton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but the pictures could be better
This book covers a huge area of territory, overall it's a good book, with lots of good information and references. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rui
4.0 out of 5 stars A present for my Wife
Did Brazil first then bought the book - which was cheaper.
The birds are good and the book is very useful for reference
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4.0 out of 5 stars field guide
Used this book on a recent trip to The Pantanal.It contained illustrations for all the birds I saw(over 100)
This is an excellent guide and should cover all the birds you are... Read more
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