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Old Tuesday 27th September 2005, 09:31   #1
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MessageHi everyone! Has anybody visited Trinidad and Tabago? Can anybody recommend a bird book to cover the birds on these islands, preferably one with pictures? So far I've only found the one by Richard ffrench and have had mixed reviews of it.
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AFAIK, the only other book of much use is Hilty's Venezuela book. Or perhaps its predecessor. Hilty's book is rather large, I cut the plates out for use in the field.
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Old Tuesday 27th September 2005, 12:16   #3
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if anyone finds one them let me know!! Will someone produce a Hilty just for TnT before next September please

welcome to the forum Barry.

We asked Bill Murphy and response came back
"N.A. field guide is needed for migrants only -- shorebirds, terns, gulls, warblers -- if you don't know them well. Hilty's is overkill but has Crane Hawk, which ffrench lacks. If weight's not a problem, take it. "
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oh there is this only contains 100 or so birds but contains some not in the main guide. Honestly go figure

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...204533-3212405
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Old Tuesday 27th September 2005, 14:45   #5
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I have looked at most of the books relevant to T&T and my favorites in order of priority are:

1) Birds of T&T by R. ffrench - Well written but could do with a few more plates.
2) A Birdwatchers Guide to T&T - Not a bird ID book but the best guide I have seen to know where to go and bird in T&T and what to expect.
3) Birds of NA by K. Kaufman - Good for Shorebirds (Terns, Plovers, Sandpipers etc.)
4) Birds of Venezuela by S. Hilty (2nd Ed.) - This book stays at home but is an excellent reference for bird IDing. It covers probably everything that could be found in T&T. It's BULKY.

If you just wanted to buy 1 book for bird ID in the field, the ffrench would probably be the most practical.

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MessageHi everyone! Has anybody visited Trinidad and Tabago? Can anybody recommend a bird book to cover the birds on these islands, preferably one with pictures? So far I've only found the one by Richard ffrench and have had mixed reviews of it.
You might find my "Trinidad Birding" website interesting -- http://www.birderbill.us

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