Birds of Trinidad and Tobago (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – 18 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Martyn Kenefick lives in Trinidad where he is a professional bird guide. Robin Restall is the illustrator of Birds of Northern South America and lives in Venezuela. Floyd Hayes is an American who formerly taught at the university on Trinidad.
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The arrival of Richard ffrench's Field Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago in 1991 fuelled much interest in the islands, and that book has served visitors well ever since. This new guide is dedicated to ffrench and is a worthy successor, with colour plates facing the text for each species in a more modern format. Robin Restall's excellent illustrations have been taken directly from his hefty two-volume Birds of Northern South America to create 107 colour plates. The text has been created by former Sussex birder, Martyn Kenefick and Floyd Hayes (both of whom are now resident in Trinidad). The book is very thorough and all 467 species on the Trinidad and Tobago list are dealt with; nearly 200 of these being vagrants.Read more ›
It is light, portable and easy to use in the field and has handy pointers to identifying similar species. The guide lacks detail on habits, but there are other guides that cover this. One complaint would be that the species are indexed by plate number rather than page number. I can't see any good reason for this, it just causes confusion.
I also bought Birds of Trinidad and Tobago (Macmillan Caribbean Natural History) by Richard Ffrench and while not as comprehensive as the Helm guide, liked the actual photograph approach and the brief notes. They were both well thumbed over the time of my visit, and in processing the digital images afterwards. I recommend you buy both. A casual holiday maker with a slight interest in birds around the locality might find the photo book sufficient.
The ffrench book is ok for the visitor who dabbles but does not cover all the birds you are likely to see - at least 10 species I saw were not in it. On the other hand the Helm field guide covers everything including all the accidentals and rarities you are not likely to see - maybe 150 - 200 of them, but at a price.
On returning the borrowed volume I bought the 2nd edition of Helm which is significantly updated and for my birding records was a worthwhile purchase. I guess it does what it sets out to do but for the visitor a bit more info on the local species and less on the rarities from Europe and the USA would be preferable.
The proof of the pudding will be when I use it (soon!) but I am hopeful it will do the job.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An indespensible reference book accompanying me on my trip. The best help for identificationPublished 10 months ago by Mrs C M Hutley
As others have said, the illustrations in this book are extremely poor and frequently misdirect rather than assist in the identification of many species. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christopher John Smith
Should definitely have purchased this before we went. Had to keep looking at a fellow guests who highly recommended it.Published on 22 Mar. 2014 by M SINCLAIR
Used this for a week in Tobago. It is generally a pretty good guide to identify most species encountered (bearing in mind there aren't that many and not too many similar ones). Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by Peter Aley
Being the very fortunate owner of every volume in Lynx's Handbook of the Birds of the World I don't need a great deal of information in a field guide; I just need enough to help me... Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2014 by Pat
Happy with the content but quality of illustrations is poor compared to Collins guides. Text size also a bit small for us oldies.Published on 3 Dec. 2013 by Mr. John Sage