A Guide to the Birds of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
This is a revised edition of a widely praised guide to the birds of the largest of the Carribean islands and the neighboring Virgin Islands. It includes detailed accounts of all 284 well-documented species known to occur in the region, 273 being illustrated. The book also contains specific sections entitled Biogeography and Conservation to foster an appreciation of the uniqueness of the region's wildlife and to develop an awareness of local conservation issues. The section Places to Bird will help make the stay of short-term visitors more productive. The book also substantially updates the data on avian distribution and abundance in the region covering records through November 1988. From reviews of the first edition: This well-illustrated volume is a must for any student of birds visiting Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.--Chandler S. Robbins, The Quarterly Review of Biology A valuable and informative guide.--James A. Dick, The Wilson Bulletin This well-written book is the first comprehensive guide to the birds of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. All species, including winter visitors (which comprise 47 percent of the avifauna) are described and illustrated, making a second volume for identification of North American migrants unnecessary. . . . Aside from being a fine field guide, the book contains useful summaries of the biogeography of the region and the ecology of avian populations. . . . A major contribution is Raffaele's presentation of a wealth of hitherto unpublished information on the natural history of the region's birds.--James W. Wiley, Ibis
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Accidental Adult Anegada ANTILLEAN areas Bahamas band belly birds blue breast Breeding occurs brown buff-colored call note Central America coast coastal coloration Comments Croix crown Culebra dark distinctive distinguished Distribution DOWITCHER Duck eggs are laid endemic eye stripe fairly common Family field marks flight forests freshwater Gallinule gray Greater Antilles green habitat head HERON Hispaniola Identification Immature not depicted Introduced in Puerto Lagoon legs Lesser Antilles Male mangrove migrant Mona Island Names neck nest North northern South America numbers PARAKEET PARROT Pigeon Playero plumage primarily Puerto Rican Flycatcher Puerto Rico rare records region Reinita resident in Puerto Rican Rico's San Juan SANDPIPER South America species spots Summer swamps tail throat Throughout the West TROPICBIRD uncommon undertail coverts upperparts Vieques VIREO Virgin Islands visitor to Puerto Voice WARBLER Dendroica West Indies whistled WHISTLING-DUCK white eggs wing bars winter plumage winter visitor WOODS WARBLER yellow