This densely packed 600 plus page monograph on the cotinga and manakin bird families is superb. It is at once a scholarly tome with lengthy, scientifically organized facts on each species including a general explanation, identification details, distribution including excellent maps, movements, habitat, description, measurements, geographical variations (races), voice, natural history, food and feeding, breeding, status and references. My only criticism is that in being all inclusive with virtually every fact know about each species and sub-species the publishers were apparently forced to use a small font as their print medium. It can be a bit eye-straining. But don't let that daunt you.
This book is superb. Certainly one of the very best written and illustrated monographs on birds in years. Eustace Barnes birds paintings are elegant, but purposeful in showing off the bird as it might be seen in nature but with an eye to providing the proper spotting clues. He has captured them perfectly. On a scale of one to ten the art is a nine or better. Some images are amazing and magnificent. Accompanying all this are lately taken photographs of most species, sexes or races where possible. These are excellent, too.
It is no field guide being much to wide and heavy for field use. Yet it is and will be the bible of these bird families for many years to come.
Great job, if you like exotic, beautiful tropical birds and wish to have the definitive study and the fun of reading a gorgeous volume, then don't miss this book. In the not too technical sections the book reads informatively and easily and is interesting. You won't go wrong. A long awaited but huge achievement.
A GRAND JOB!!!!