Re: field guides - Brasil

To: Bob & Trish Sothman <>, "Arwen B. Ximenes" <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Re: field guides - Brasil
From: Helen Larson <>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2009 07:23:43 +0000 (GMT)
Just back from Christmas break and catching up with emails. Yes, maybe we are 
spoilt with field guidebooks - but our expectations have increased with more 
people travelling, documenting and photographing birds world-wide. Most of the 
Neotropical bird books I have are not in the 'field guide' category as they are 
fairly big and heavy (I lugged Hilty and Brown's "Birds of Colombia" around 
Ecuador during my only other foray into South America, and was glad I did).
But when a book is touted as a wonderful field guide, as van Perlo's was  - 
then I expect it to be one, especially as I had never visited Brazil before and 
was birding without a human bird guide to help (it was mainly a work trip).
So yes, it is a good step forward, and I was very glad to have such a book with 


From: Bob & Trish Sothman <>
To: Helen Larson <>; Arwen B. Ximenes 
<>; Birding Aus <>
Sent: Sun, 20 December, 2009 17:28:43
Subject: Re:field guides - Brasil

A few comments on your posting 
By way of background, I have been to Brasil 53 
times for work over the last 27 years, ie I have birded in Brasil over a 
relatively long period - great birds.  In the "early days" there 
were no "real" Brasil fieldguides, then along came Deodato Sousa with "All the 
birds of Brasil - an identification guide" - a step forward which improved 
significantly over the three editions but unfortunately 
the illustration were poor in all three. The 
latest is the Ber van Perlo Brazilian field guide which, in my opinion, is 
a major step forward.  
I think we have been spoilt with such good 
fieldguides for Australia, USA, Europe, etc.
Bob Sothman

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