Wednesday, July 6, 2011
1) van Perlo, Ber. Birds of Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Central and West Pacific. 2011. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 256 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: This is the only comprehensive and handy pocket guide that illustrates and describes the bird species of Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Central and West Pacific. Featuring more than 750 species illustrated in vivid and stunning detail on 95 color plates, this authoritative guide provides information on key identification features, habitat, songs, and calls. Birds of Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Central and West Pacific is a must-have for birders of all levels interested in this region of the world.
The only guide to illustrate the birds of Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Central and West Pacific. It includes the following:
*Depictions of all plumages for males, females, and juveniles
*Detailed distribution maps show where each species is commonly found
*Information on key identification features, habitat, songs, and calls
*In-depth look at flight signatures, vagrant populations, and much more
*Concise and highly portable
IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: The range maps are too small and the text is brief. I prefer: A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific by H. Douglas Pratt et al. (Published in 1987 -- but I understand a second edition is in the works!). For New Zealand, I recommend: Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand by Hugh Robertson, Barrie Heather and Derek J. Onley. I also find: Hawaii's Birds, Sixth edition ( Hawaii Audubon Society) useful. It's available from Buteo Books here:
and from H.A.S. here (scroll down a ways):