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Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica (Illustrated Checklist) (Collins Illustrated Checklist) Paperback – 1 Jun 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Ill edition (1 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002200775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002200776
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ÝA¨n outstanding field guide that covers a vast geographic area and includes a wealth of information for more than 1,100 species of birds. . . . It should be purchased by anybody interested in the birds of southern South America. -- Floyd E. Hayes "Auk"

[A]n outstanding field guide that covers a vast geographic area and includes a wealth of information for more than 1,100 species of birds. . . . It should be purchased by anybody interested in the birds of southern South America.--Floyd E. Hayes "Auk "


[A]n outstanding field guide that covers a vast geographic area and includes a wealth of information for more than 1,100 species of birds. . . . It should be purchased by anybody interested in the birds of southern South America.
--Floyd E. Hayes "Auk "

"[A]n outstanding field guide that covers a vast geographic area and includes a wealth of information for more than 1,100 species of birds. . . . It should be purchased by anybody interested in the birds of southern South America."--Floyd E. Hayes, "Auk" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

• The only field guide to describe every bird species you may see in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, southern Brazil and southern Bolivia.
• over 1000 species are illustrated in colour. For many species the female or juvenile is shown in addition to the adult male.
• Each species is described on pages opposite the illustrations allowing for quick and easy reference. The text describes each bird's key identification features, its usual habitat and the sound it makes.
• Each species is also illustrated with a map showing where it can be found and how common it is.


Customer Reviews

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Format: Paperback
This is quite a good id-guide, and it is the only one covering quite a big part of the world.
Most of the plates are okay. There are some drawbacks however. Cinclodes and Earthcreeper species and a few other birds can hardly be identified using the pictures from this book.
The text is very short (which was intended). Unfortunately, information about voices and habits of birds was ommitted. But the book is small and easy to carry in a bagpack. So it is a very helpful guide when travelling to southern Latin America. But you 'll need other literature back home to solve some id-problems left.
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There are only two bird books currently for such a broad expanse of country. This is the better of the two. The advantages are that it contains the wide range of birds and the descriptions and calls of the birds are accurate. The disadvantages are that some of the colours in the pictures are not quite true to life, it does not always show the bird in the most suitable position for recognition. It also has all the plates at the back which show, where you can normally find the bird. This does create a lot of going backwards and forwards if you do not know the bird. Apart from that it proved really useful on my trip in Brasil.
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This is a popular book. Still the only modern guide for Argentina and the southern parts of Brazil.
The book starts with the plates and descriptions, which followed by some black-and-white plates for flying raptors, and the maps closes the book
Personally I find the illustrations disappointing. In this book it seems that all the forest eagles and hawks have the same powerful built like the Harpy Eagle (which is not true, especially for the Crested Eagle, which looks a bulky bird in this book) or you will think that the King Vulture is the smallest of the neotropical vultures (which is the largest after the Condor). Usually there are 10-15 species on one plate, which makes them very crowded.
On the positive side, the authors tried to fill the space with text, so you wont find a page which is only "half-full". In some cases the text is more useful then the pictures.
The area which is covered, still lacks a good bird book, so I still suggest to buy this. Chile is an exception, the book called Birds of Chile by Jaramillo is far better.
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Taking field guides to South America can be problematic, some countries don't have them and others are too big to carry in the field. This is an attempt to overcome this problem by having most of the species occurring in southern South America in one small book. Unfortunately this does mean compromises with the illustrations of some difficult-to-split species being too small, some species left out completely and the text very short. Nevertheless, it is a useful book as most of the countries in southern South America don't have a field guide at all at the moment (several in prep!) with the exception of the excellent Chile field guide. There are range maps at the end of the book. If you are going to southern South America this book is very useful as it is easy to carry in the field but if other country guides are available, do take them!
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Not the best standard of guide compared to modern publications but for this area I couldn't find anything else that was portable and it was good enough for the few days we had in Argentina. For Antarctica (and eh Drake and Beagle passages) there are better and more specific field guides, check out the WildGuides publications from Princetion, always good.
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I am using this really as my sole guide to cover a three and a half month trip around southern south america. The positives are that it does a pretty good job covering a huge number of species, some detail is given, e.g found between 3000m-4000, and illustrations are on whole decent, the negatives are that some illustration are quite poor, and some are downright inaccurate, the spectacled teal doesn't show the male plumage for some reason which was slightly confusing,some species look nothing like life, e.g cliff flycatcher, another big drawback are some of the range maps, they are completely out, into just a little which is acceptable, after all its a good few years old now and the scale is very small, but some species are occurring hundreds of. Milesfrom where the book says, again this can be pretty confusing.

Saying all this though, carrying this rather than several thicker, more comprehensive guides was the best choice for me and I would still say this is a good option for the are?
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I purchased this book for my forthcoming tour of Paraguay, which does not have its own field guide (yet). The range of the book overlaps with southern Brazil to which I already have the standard field guides. The plates are perfectly usable and the text is in informative and concise. Only time will tell whether this book was a worthwhile purchase, but early signs are promising.
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Having used Collins Guides covering various areas of the world I decided to buy this one as I am shortly going to photograph birds in Chile. These guides are only that not in depth handbooks, the beauty is they are light and easy to carry with all my other kit, and provided you are familiar with bird families it is quick to identify the particular bird. Some of the illustrations are a bit dated there better ones around, but as far as I am concerned the Collins Guides are the best. There are of course many in depth books available if you wish to study further.
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