Birds of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands: Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigues (Helm Field Guides) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/5/17
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"I was fortunate to have a pre-publication copy on my recent trip to Madagascar. It's surely the best and most up-to-date bird field guide out there, with excellent discussions of topics beyond identification. Buy it and take it with you!" - Robert. S. Ridgely, Rainforest Trust
"Twitchers bound for . . . Madagascar can enjoy Helm Field Guides' new additions . . . Helm's exquisite eye for detail and intricate illustrations - hitting that sweet spot between art and practicality - make these welcome additions. A must-have for any globetrotting birders." - Wanderlust
"A MUST have for anyone with an interest in the birds of the region!" - The Birdbooker Report
Frank Hawkins is a conservation biologist and policy advisor with governments and local communities in Africa and around the world. He is currently CEO of IUCN's Washington, D.C., office.
Roger Safford is Senior Program Manager at BirdLife International in Cambridge, UK.
Adrian Skerrett has lived and worked in Seychelles for much of his life.
All three authors collectively have an unrivalled knowledge of the region's avifauna and have authored many publications on the birds of the Malagasy region.
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Both books have very good plates, but the printing in the new one shows dull reds and yellows, particularly noticeable on the plates with the Asities and Fodies. Another printing issue is the fact that whites are more light grays. I find this irritating in the white herons/egrets as well as in the vangas.
Pointers on the plates are missing in both books, unfortunately. One can tell that the Helm book is less intended for natives as it misses the French names. That's an opportunity lost! Range maps in the Helm book differentiate considerably more than what one finds in the older one, using different colors as well as hatching. On the other hand, for the islands around Madagascar, it is somewhat of a pain trying to discern the minute arrows that point to the appropriate islands. The "not to scale" approach in the older book is much preferable with clear red markings. And for Madagascar Plover, one already needs to know for the new book where the species's limited range is. Here a pointer would be helpful!
Some species names differ, obviously depending on the preferred systematics. Thus, Yellow-billed Kite primarily runs as Black Kite (with a minute remark at the end of the text that this can be seen differently). Similarly, Dimorphic and Little Egret are mixed. But essentially, the species runs as Little Egret in the new book, whereas there is no mention of that name in the older book. Rather, it is separately listed as a vagrant species to the Seychelles. Gygis alba runs under Common White Tern in the older book, but under Fairy Tern in the new one. With White Tern as alternate name mentioned at the end.
In the Helm book, the authors try an approach that is supposed to help weeding out "non-interesting" species. Thus, there is a section common to all the area covered. And then, there is a section specific for each group of islands. Thus visitors to the Seychelles need not to go through the Madagascar-only species, etc. Also, vagrants are concentrated in a section in the back. This may all help in most cases. But if one wants to compare say Sacred Ibis species, it becomes a pain. The approach assumes that each species remains where it "belongs" and that vagrants are only to be discovered by those who already suspect them.
Each book also has its plus and minus points. Each has its more crowded plates than the other one. I personally prefer having all the Vanga species together. In the Helm book, some other species like Cuckoo-shrike and Bulbul are mixed in. The older book has not a single picture of a standing Madagascar Pratincole. The text in the newer book is somewhat more elaborate. But its smaller print and grayish color are a mistake that reminds one of the second edition Sibley (Birds of North America)! Do these publishers not learn from one another?
Quiza lo único a destacar es la organización de la guía, ya que es por zonas, repitiendo las mismas aves varias veces si están en otras zonas (Madagascar, Comoros, seichelles, reunión...)
La clasificación por grupos de islas me parece un acierto.
Láminas con imágenes a buen tamaño y claras.
La introducción con la sistemática de las aves isleñas, genial
introductory material is useful with adequate depth for someone with a serious interest in natural history. Taxonomy appears to be up to date. Subspecies are diagnosed. Vagrants are covered well. Birds from Indian Ocean island groups are separated from those of Madagascar to facilitate rapidly locating them in the guide. This will be the book in your backpack and you won't regret it.
1) Beautiful illustrations of the birds
2) The introduction is well written and gave a nice introduction to the geography and history of this unique island environment.
3) I particularly enjoyed the introduction's history on the elephant bird.
1) The book's organization is challenging to understand but careful review of the introduction helps. But organization could be simplified.
2) For beginning bird watchers, the description of the birds were somewhat obtuse.
Overall: great fun to add to a wonderful adventure of touring Madagascar.