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Birds of Chile (Princeton Field Guides) [Paperback]

Alvaro Jaramillo , Peter Burke , David Beadle
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23 Nov 2003 Princeton Field Guides

This is the essential new field guide to the birds of Chile. Representing a great diversity of habitats, from the Andes in the north down to the tundra and sub-Antarctic rainforest of Tierra del Fuego in the far south, Chile is the breeding ground or temporary abode of 473 known species including 9 found nowhere else in the world. Birds of Chile covers them all, embracing not only the mainland but points offshore such as Easter Island as well as the Antarctic Peninsula and adjacent islands, plus the Falklands and South Georgia. In addition to being a friendly and fruitful birding destination in its own right, Chile is the starting point for many Antarctic cruises.

Succinct, identification-focused text and distribution maps share a page opposite each of the 97 color plates to allow quick and easy reference. Between the boldfaced English name and the scientific name comes the Spanish name as used in Chile; this is important, for birders will find their quest far more enjoyable and effectual if they can explain to Chileans exactly what they are looking at, think they are looking at, or hope to be looking at.

Since Chile's list of resident species is yet far from conclusive, vagrants and rarities are also included. Indeed, some birds once thought to be accidentals in Chile have since proved to be regulars, including the Westland Petrel, Least Sandpiper, Cliff Swallow, and Golden-billed Saltator. Compact, comprehensive, and easy to use, Birds of Chile is the essential field guide to the birds of this spectacular and tourist-friendly country.

  • The essential new field guide to the birds of Chile
  • 97 color plates with succinct text and maps on facing pages for quick reference and easy identification
  • All 473 known species breeding in or visiting Chile, from the Andes in the north down to the tundra and sub-Antarctic rainforest of Tierra del Fuego in the south
  • Also covers points offshore such as Easter Island as well as the Antarctic Peninsula and adjacent islands, plus the Falklands and South Georgia
  • Compact, portable, and user-friendly

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (23 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691117403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691117409
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 16.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 978,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winner of the 2003 Best Bird Book - South America, Worldtwitch

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"Rarely does a field guide of this caliber debut as its countrys first. Birds of Chile offers not just perfect field-portability, beautiful and accurate artwork with facing text, and clarity and conciseness throughout: it presents genuinely new scholarship on the field identification of several cryptic and difficult groups, as well as on the modern geographic distribution of Chiles birds. Those who bird Chile will find the combined brilliance of Jaramillo, Burke, and Beadle indispensable in the field and by the fireside."--Ned Brinkley, Editor, North American Birds

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I came across this book during a full-day boat trip in Chilean northernPatagonia. It was owned by our tour guide, and he used it to identifyseveral birds we encountered during our trip. The book struck me by itsclear illustrations, often showing the birds in flight as well asdifferences between adults and immature birds and between males andfemales. Relevant descriptive texts as well as distribution maps flank theplates. The title of the description also contain the Spanish name of thebird as used in Chile, which I find very useful to communicate with localpeople. Even if they speak English, they are likely to be unfamiliar withthe English name of the bird. I immediately became enamoured with thisbook and bought it from Amazon as soon as I got back home.
The book compares favourably to "Birds of Southern South America andAntarctica" by Martin La Pena (Collins/Princeton Illustrated Checklistseries). Whereas the latter book has the obvious advantage of encompassinga very large geographical area, it has the disadvantage of the maps beingseparated from the plates and descriptions, and the illustrations oftenbeing too indiscriminative for a positive identification of the bird.
As an example, I looked up the flamingos in both books. While "Birds ofChile" spends a whole plate on them, "Birds of Southern South America" hasthree small illustrations, squeazed in into the white space of anotherplate. The illustrations in "Birds of Chile" acentuate the discriminativefeatures of the three species a lot, even somewhat exagerated (the yellowon the legs and beak of the Andean flamingo is not that bright inreality), but I do not mind that too much.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem! 23 Dec 2004
In an earlier review, I explained how I found out about this book and why I liked it so much.
Quite recently, I returned to Chile for a holiday and was able to put the book to the test. My experience was that - if you take some time in advance to browse through the book so that you are familiar with its general organization - I was able to identify most birds that I encountered in minutes if not in seconds thanks to the very accurate drawings, the distribution maps, and, more generally, the handy format of the book. With this added experience, I find this excellent bird guide actually deserves 6 stars!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best for southern parts of South America 4 Oct 2007
One of the best and most user firendly bird book: small, thin but still full of information and excellent illustrations. Probably the best for birds in the Andes. If every field guide would be as good as this, I would be happy.

No less, than five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birds of Chile Guide 16 Feb 2009
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Excellent, comprehensive, good colour plates - lightweight field guide. Well worth taking for any trip to Chile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 Week's of Using the Bird's of Chile 5 Feb 2013
The book proved an excellent guide both at sea and on land. Birding from MS Veendam produced many memorable sightings which were helped by using the book. The land birds proved more difficult as some of the voice descriptions were not up to the superb plates. I had no previous experience of any South American birds so this was very difficult to be too critical especially with a bird like the Dusky Tapaculo. The book and text in general were very good and I have already recomended it to my friend's. On the ship many people looked at my copy and told me how helpful it had been to them.
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