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  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Revised and Updated edition (24 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069113023X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691130231
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A major accomplishment"--Birder's World

"[T]he guide against which all others for the New World tropics will be judged."--Don Stap, Audubon

"Rarely in the history of tropical ornithology have so many waited so long and so eagerly for a field guide to appear. . . . The end result of this long process is a spectacular addition to the literature on South American birds. The plates are superb, the guide is easy to use in the field, the range maps are informative and accurate, and the text is concise while still including essential information."--Scott K. Robinson, Auk

"Part of the excellent Princeton University Press field guide series, the book describes and illustrates 1,817 species of birds to be found in Peru. It's concise (at 664 pages!), well-designed, and worth a look (just take it off the store shelf and page through it) because it demonstrates the extraordinary variety of the bird world."--Jim Williams, Minnesota Star Tribune

"Be assured that when I make my journey to Peru this summer . . . that I will be toting a copy of Birds of Peru at all times."--John E. Riutta blog

"[A] worthy successor to the original edition. . . . The plates are amazingly thorough, again considering the extent of the task involved in covering more than 1,800 species. Each facing page has a species account and map. The text for each species is limited to about one-sixth of the page, and the maps are small, but these features make this 664-page volume a real 'use-in-the-field' book. It's quite an accomplishment. Highly recommended for anyone venturing to this part of the world--how will they top this?"--Bluebird's Laugh blog

"Birds of Peru will be a great addition to any birder's library. You never know if buying this field guide is the gentle nudge that you need to purchase a plane ticket to Lima. I hope someday that my copy is battered and stained from an epic birding trip to Peru."--Radd Icenoggle, Radleyice blog

"Birds of Peru provides a complete and awesome guide to identify Peruvian birds."--Birdwatching Binoculars

"This is definitely a book I want to put to good use someday when I hopefully get to travel to Peru to see some of these birds. This guide is also highly recommended . . . for its great illustrations, range maps and easy to use layout."--Drew and Alex Lamoreaux, Nemesis Bird

About the Author

Thomas S. Schulenberg is a research associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Douglas F. Stotz is an ornithologist and conservation ecologist at the Field Museum in Chicago. Daniel F. Lane and John P. O'Neill are illustrators and field ornithologists, and both are research associates at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science. Lane also leads Field Guides birding tours. Theodore A. Parker III, who worked throughout Peru before his death in 1993, was the premier neotropical field ornithologist of his time.

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Stunningly illustrated, text superb and despite the immense task of documenting all 1800 bird species, and the corresponding weight of the tome, a supreme work. Am actually in Cusco , Peru at the moment and the book makes me feel like a new birder all over again, as I search for the birds from new species for me, new families and genera. A lovely feeling after 40 years birding!

all the very best,

Gary Prescott aka Biking Birder 2010
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This arrived in pristine condition and I thought it was new! A comprehensive book but very heavy and so I may not take it out in the field; I am not a committed bird watcher just enjoy seeing the different species.
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Well illustrated comprehensive guide to Peru's birds - other guides covering S.America and Northern S. America etc omit many species
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It arrived in good time and I'm very pleased with it
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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The new updated paperback version of this book arrived recently and I have had a chance to look it over in preparation for a trip to Manu this summer. Yes, there are three new plates with 25 new birds, but other than this, it does not appear that too many other updates (some much needed) have been made. I did notice changes on several of the range maps and one plate adds an additional hummingbird illustration (to these authors a subspecies, though Clements and others consider it a full species). My original hardcover copy is full of notes re: subspecies, reclassifications, etc. and it looks like most of these notes will have to be transferred to the new paperback, something I was hoping to avoid.

That said, if you are going birding in Peru this book is an absolute must. And it is great to have it in a slightly lighter (though not as much lighter as you would think) paperback edition. I give the original effort of the authors five stars. I am giving the revised paperback edition four stars because I had hoped that more updates would have been made. Any field guide to a country like Peru is a monumental undertaking, not in the least because the situation is constantly in flux. I have already read about the discovery of a new barbet species that is not in this updated edition!

I had a chance to do a little more work with this book over the weekend and I did find a number of taxonomic updates/splits for an additional nine species have been made, making the book fairly essential even to those serious birders who already have the first edition. Page 42: Yellow Billed and Andean Teal; page 252: Black Tailed and Ecuadorian Trogan, also Violacious and Gartered Trogan; page 364: Peruvian Warbling Antbird and Yellow Browed Warbling Antbird; page 370: Spot Winged, Brownish Headed and Humaita Antbirds; page: 604: Yellow Breasted, Vilcabamba and Black Faced Brush Finches, also Slaty and Cuzco Brush Finches.

There may also be additional updates that I haven't found yet, therefore I am changing my rating to give this new updated edition five stars. I have to assume that if the authors did not make certain other updates, that they are not currently recognizing those splits.
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Birds of Peru: Kindle Edition 20 April 2012
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Many have written about the printed edition which is excellent, but I want to comment about the Kindle edition. I feel disappointed with the low resolution of the plates. Many subspecies names on the plates are simply impossible to read due to the low quality of the scan and most details on the birds are lost when you zoom in. Since this is a field guide intended to identify birds the plates must be scanned on high resolution, otherwise is a useless book. Also the price seems to be to high, there is only a $2 difference between the printed and the Kindle edition, one would expect that since the Kindle edition doesn't use paper it would cost much less.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Only 4 stars from me 10 Jan. 2012
By P. Reese - Published on
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The paper back is the new and revised portion. The rest is the same as the hard back. But that is definitely a big improvement. One thing you do not really want to take to Peru is the hard back book, because it will not be making the return trip with you. Two weeks in the field and the binding is gone--completely. I really have only one complaint with this book. That is the index. The printing is way too small and the scientific names are interspersed with the common names making it extremely difficult to find the bird in the index. Another problem is that some birds were completely left out of the index or mis-indexed.

Now for the good part. The drawings are among the best I have ever encountered. They are reasonably accurate and they are large. The maps and descriptions are opposite the drawings.

My advice is to create your own brief quick look up index page and tape it into the back cover.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fix it, please! 26 April 2014
By Philip W. Johnson - Published on
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Beautiful book - I am very grateful to the authors for the years and years of careful effort that went into this. As a hardbound book, my one issue is the maps. Tiny little things riddled with state boundaries that even most Peruvians probably struggle with. Consider improving them in an e-book where space is not so much of an issue. The kindle edition is a big weight saver for the travelling birder. I'm using it on an ipad so I can see the color plates.
* The very first plate, which is supposed to be tinamous, is a plate of antpittas!!! Get a proofreader!
* And then, search for, say, Handsome Flycatcher. Get a cup of coffee, because you're going to need it. This book is big and searching the kindle edition is sloowwww. That problem could easily be fixed in many creative ways, that's the beauty of computers. At the very front just stick in a list of all the English names, followed by the scientific name in parentheses followed by a link to the page number of the species account and the search will take seconds, not minutes. Or just put the index in the front, so it searches it first. Or modify the search so it starts at the current position and searches forward first. Or enable an index search only. Or...
* Or try searching the cloud reader version, that should be fast, right? Nope - It isn't searchable.

So, a note to birdbook authors who are porting your books to kindle or other e-readers. First, travelling birders will snap your books up (I've bought every one I can find)! So please, port them over. Next, try using them yourself in that version, get frustrated, then get a little programming help to make those editions better. Heck, modify them and sell them as an app, I'll buy those too!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book:Not useful in the field 10 Jan. 2013
By N. Bredemeier - Published on
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The paper version of the book is heavy and bulky, so the idea of having it available on a device such as a Kindle or ipad is appealing. However, the electronic version does not have an interactive index or table of contents, making it extremely difficult to find the write-ups or plates for individual birds or families of birds. I recently took the electronic version to Peru and found it very frustrating to use.
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