How many field guides...

To: "Arwen B. Ximenes" <>
Subject: How many field guides...
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 10:17:51 +1000
Thanks Arwen

There was a related thread on Birdforum -

1,800 species is about 17% of the 10,300 species listed so far. While you could probably cover 50% of the species with half a dozen guides, the problem is that there would be a fair bit of overlap between the guides and you would face diminishing returns from each additional guide purchased. The challenge is to cover the remote endemics that aren't covered in the big regional guides.

Regards, Laurie.

On 12/12/2009, at 7:37 PM, Arwen B. Ximenes wrote:

Hello all,

Sorry for the late post.

Regarding collection of Field just so happens that I am the proud new owner of a Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil (Ber van Perlo) - published October, 2009, so to the person who was interested to know about new guides, this is pretty hot off the press.

Firstly, this guide covers over 1800 birds - no mean feat. Is that about 20% of the birds on the planet or are my figures out?? Unfortunately, however, I don't think it means you only need another 4 guides to cover them all...

Anyway, secondly, though it's not a secondhand copy, it was relatively cheap (I paid about $40 incl. shipping) through a site from which secondhand books can also be purchased very cheaply (I got Don Kroodsma's Singing Life of Birds for $1 - it was the shipping cost from the US that blew the budget). Anyway, for those who are after a Brazilian guide, I believe this is the most recent one, though apparently there is another coming out "soon", but don't hold your breath.



Arwen Blackwood Ximenes
Lawson, Blue Mountains, NSW

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