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5.0 out of 5 stars Endemics galore, 9 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands: Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, Rodrigues, Seychelles and the Comoros (Chamberlain) (Paperback)
Whenever I book a holiday to somewhere new, I look for a bird guide to cover that area as I can't see a bird without wanting to know "what was that?". Couldn't find a "Birds of Madagascar", but a web search did reveal this book. It covers more than just Madagascar, but that's fine - perhaps I'll have another holiday in the region. The book is not too bulky to carry around with you, printed on good quality glossy paper so should be robust for using in the field and, what I really like, has the distribution maps alongside the species descriptions, not hidden away at the back of the book as with many guides. It has the common names of the birds in English and alongside that French, which is the "lingua franca" of the area. There are so many endemics in the region that a birder visiting the area definitely needs a good field guide to separate the vangas, tylas, newtonias, tetrakas, etc. The book points out the distinguishing features, but descriptions are rather brief relying considerably on the drawings, which seem good - but only experience in the field can say how good. Looking forward to testing this guide in the field, but so far it looks pretty good!
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