Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Review: Wildlife of the Caribbean

Rob writes: I've traveled and birded in the Caribbean several times and I believe that it would have been very useful to have this guide with me as I was attempting to identify many of the plants and reptiles that I saw. While a book like this can never cover all of the species of plants and animals found within the specified area, this book does a very good job of covering all of the commonly found species as well as many of the rarer species.

All species are illustrated using wonderful drawings except for the Marina Plants and Invertebrates, Seashells, and Plants which utilize photographs. The authors' decision use photographs for those sections makes a lot of sense to me and helps me better understand and identify those species.

Since we tend to focus mostly on birds here at, it's probably no surprise to you that I spent most of my time looking over the bird section of this field guide. I was very impressed with the coverage of a large number of species had with how nicely and accurately the species were drawn. I suggest using this field guide along with Birds of the West Indies when birding in the islands. Both of these authors were also involved in writing Birds of the West Indies and it's a great companion to Wildlife of the Caribbean.

Overall, I would say that this is definitely a field guide to have with you when you are birding or watching wildlife in the Caribbean.

Title: Wildlife of the Caribbean
Author: Herbert A. Raffaele and James W. Wiley
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: May 21, 2014

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