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Birds of the Dominican Republic and Haiti fills a large void in the literature on birdwatching and the environment in these tropical countries. The first comprehensive field guide devoted to Hispaniola's birds, it provides detailed accounts for more than 300 species, including thirty-one endemic species.
Included in the species descriptions are details on key field marks, similar species, voice, habitats, geographic distribution on Hispaniola, status, nesting, range, and local names used in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The authors also comment on ecology, behavior, and taxonomic status. The book provides color illustrations and range maps based on the most recent data available. But the authors' intent is to provide more than just a means of identifying birds. The guide also underscores the importance of promoting the conservation of migratory and resident birds, and building support for environmental measures.
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"An outstanding contribution to Caribbean ornithology, this guide will be an invaluable reference for the identification of the diverse and unique avifauna of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It provides accurate and up-to-date summaries of the distribution of the island's birds while providing appropriate descriptions to enable identification of the species known from Hispaniola and associated satellite islands. Included, too, are useful notes on status, behavior, ecology, and distribution, some of which have not been previously published. All told, this guide will be an indispensable tool for visiting birdwatchers and will likely encourage ecotourism on the island, while stimulating interest in the study and conservation of the island's endangered endemic avifauna."--Joseph M. Wunderle, Research Wildlife Biologist, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Puerto Rico, former President of the Society of Caribbean Ornitholog
Steven Latta is Assistant Director for Conservation and Field Research at the National Aviary. Christopher Rimmer is Director of Conservation Biology at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Allan Keith is coauthor, with Herbert Raffaele, of "A Guide to the Birds of the West Indies". James Wiley is Leader at the Maryland Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, U.S. Geological Survey. Herbert Raffaele is Chief of the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Kent McFarland is Senior Research Biologist at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Eladio Fernandez is a professional photographer who specializes in Caribbean nature subjects.
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