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Birds of Venezuela (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – 23 Feb 2017
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About the Author
David Ascanio is Venezuela s top field birder. He has travelled extensively throughout Venezuela and elsewhere in the neotropics, and has field experience of almost every species in the book. He runs his own travel agency in Venezuela and has led bird tours for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours for more than thirty years.
Gustavo Rodriguez is an experienced Venezuelan ornithologist who has been leading birding tours since 1996. He has written and coauthored several articles on birds of Venezuela.
Robin Restall is the senior author and sole illustrator of the acclaimed Birds of Northern South America (Helm, 2006), and was also author of Munias and Mannikins (Pica Press, 1996). He has provided all of the illustrations for this new field guide.
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A 1917 bird book that has no Amazon reviews? Mystifying.
The introductory pages are excellent and include “How Many Bird Species Are There in Venezuela?“ maps of Venezuelan states, Offshore islands, National Parks, Major tepuis and mountains of southern Venezuela, and 13 wonderful pages with color photos and descriptions of the different habitats.
What absolutely floored me is that nowhere do I see the local Spanish names for any of the birds. I discovered this while trying to tell friends in Venezuela how there were three cattle egrets perched on my fence in Miami. I knew they were garzas but wanted to be more specific. I know that the mockingbird is called a Paraulata LLanera so we need Venezuelan Spanish names.
I visualize users of this book trying to communicate with the average Venezuelan and upon being given the local name are unable to go to the index and find it. One star deducted because of what I consider a major flaw.
“Birdwatchers and scientists” are invited to report their bird sightings/observations to the Aves de Venezuela website.