This guide is an introduction to the beautiful and varied birds that inhabit America's only tropical state. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, you will find something in these pages that will broaden your horizons and increase your knowledge and appreciation of the birds and the environment of this unique archipelago. While not a "field guide" in the usual sense, this fact-packed volume helps identify all the birds likely to be seen while walking, hiking, or exploring the islands' many natural treasures. In fact, it covers more species than any other small guidebook available today. You will learn how Hawaii's modern bird community came to be, from the tragic history of the native birds of ancient Hawaii to the dozens of immigrant species seen today. You will learn the special nature of island forest and wetland birds, the long and sad story of the extinction of so many species, how seabirds have made these islands their home, base and how Hawaii came to have more introduced species than anywhere else in the world. You will find valuable information about where to see the remaining native birds as well their naturalized neighbors. Perhaps this book will be the start of a new passion for you, or just give you some interesting facts about the birds that can be seen every day. Either way, it is sure to open your eyes to island beauties you may have overlooked before.
H. Douglas Pratt
Brand: Mutual Publishing
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I saw some reviews that complained that this was not a good field guide for identification purposes. Honestly, I suppose they are correct. However, if you are at all interested in the broader picture, and not just "what is that bird?", it is my opinion that this is an excellent little book. It packs a lot of information and gives the reader a good look at how diversified bird life is in Hawaii. It also provides much needed info about the plight of Hawaii's endemic and indigenous bird species. Hawaii has lost more endemic birds to extinction than anywhere else in the world. This book gives the reader much needed insight and for the price, it is a terrific buy.
Book delivered was not what is pictured! This is an Amazon.com problem, not a bait and switch problem. The pictured book is "Hawaii's Birds and Their Habitats, but what is listed, and what I received, is "A Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Birds", which is not as good, but served the purpose.
It was a replacement, so I knew I would like it before I received it.
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