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Excellent clear practical guide
on 9 October 2004
This guide is beautifully illustrated with clear drawings and distribution maps. It is portable, robustly bound and is well printed. I wanted a pocket guide to the birds of Margarita Island which is just off the Venezuelan coast but not an official West Indian Island. The Steven Hilty book "Birds of Venezuela" is exhaustive but too heavy, so I annotated the Helm guide to the West Indies. This proved a successful compromise.
I hope one day to visit the West Indies proper and will take my copy of this West Indies guide with me. I will not take the Macmillan "Birds of the Eastern Caribbean" as the photos are nowhere near as good as the illustrations in this Helm guide.