How many field guides...

To: "Arwen B. Ximenes" <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: How many field guides...
From: Helen Larson <>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 03:33:13 +0000 (GMT)
Just a comment on the Ber van Perlo Brazilian field guide - I got to try it out 
last month around Manaus. And my recommendation to others who want to actually 
use it is: wait for the other (Whittaker and co.) field guide if you're off to 
Brazil. I found van Perlo's book very frustrating to use, with variably 
accurate illustrations. Back at my guesthouse each day I'd log onto the Brazil 
WikiAves to compare their photos with the field guide and my notes, just to 
work out what I had really seen. His distribution maps were very helpful 
though, as are some of his notes as to calls and habitats. And despite having 
nearly 2000 birds in it - it still fitted in my day-pack. And if I hadn't had 
it - I would have been quite stumped - neotropical birds are not like ours!
I have since bought the two Tudor and Ridgley books on passerines of South 
America, which confirmed the identity of some difficult birds (these are Not 
field guides - but large and very beautifully illustrated hard-backs).


From: Arwen B. Ximenes <>
To: Birding Aus <>
Sent: Sat, 12 December, 2009 19:37:11
Subject: [Birding-Aus] How many field guides...

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 



Arwen Blackwood Ximenes 
Lawson, Blue Mountains, NSW

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