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Book Review - The World's Rarest Birds

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The World's Rarest Birds by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, and Robert Still (ISBN 9780691155968) Princeton University Press, 2013


When I first got my review copy of this book, and started my customary "page through" to get a first impression, I was arrested by the jaw-dropping photo shown above of the appropriately named Marvellous Spatuletail. I looked up the bird in the index and found the species page with all of the pertinent data. It is endemic to Peru, and has a population of 250-999, but the good news is that "a protected area for this species was established in Amazonas in 2006." Great! I don't know if I'll ever be fortunate enough to see this bird, but I am definitely glad to know some protection has been afforded this magnificent creature.



So that experience comprises an important aspect of this book; beautiful bird photos (or drawings in some cases) coupled with concise and pertinent conservation related information for that species. There are al…