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The best guide available, but still inadequate
on 19 February 2012
I have used this guide on two trips to Brazil, and like more experienced birdwatchers I have met there have found it very frustrating. The illustrations are less than perfect, but that is a flaw in many field guides. What is sadly lacking is a comprehensive description of the birds. The word "unmistakable" is not of much help if the illustration is not accurate, or if you are trying to identify a bird in poor light. The Helm Guide to the Birds of South America is much better, though too bulky to be a field guide. Nevertheless, this is the best of a bad bunch, and contrary to what some reviewers have said, I did not find it too heavy to use in the field.