Birds of the Caribbean

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789769501607
  • Publisher: Nautilus Publishing Company FL
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 70
  • Product dimensions: 4.53 (w) x 5.96 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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TROPICAL RAIN FOREST: Overhead canopy of large trees which attract rain, keeping the forest moist, cool, humid. Air plants and lichens hang from the trees. There is abundant low foliage, berries, seeds, vines, ferns, variegated leaves and flowers.

SWAMP FOREST: Wet or watery ground, sustaining large trees with moss and herbaceous growth. Trees, shrubs and thick ground cover. High humidity, heavy insect growth and mosquitoes. Many species roost in surrounding trees, close to their food source.

SEMI-DECIDUOUS FOREST: Contains rees that lose their leaves annually along with pines and non-deciduous trees that grow to great heights, are fragrant and have heavy bark and bear cones.

MANGROVE SWAMP: Ocean fed, thick muddy brackish water, often herbaceous, with floating leaves and flowers and the full, low mangrove trees, well adapted to growing even in deep water where it puts its thick vine like roots into the muddy ground.

MANGROVE MARSHES: brackish; fresh mixed with salt water from the sea. Surrounded by Pussywillows, Sawgrass, tall grasses, floating Lilies and Hyacinths. Muddy bottom, steaming with algae, insects and plant life. Broad leaves for attaching eggs. Mangrove grow in water and spread their thick, short umbrella like growth for a perfect habitat for roosting or nesting birds.

WETLANDS: Coastal ponds and mudflats usually bralash, mangroves, shallow estuaries, lagoons, saunas, herbaceous swamps and Swamp forests.

FRESHWATER MARSHES OR SAVANNAHS: Bodies of water, spring or rain fed, often in valleys, or plains surrounded by hills, montanes and mountains. Lovely vistas usually within sight of the sea.

SMALL PONDS, LAGOONS: Near the sea or inland. Fed by the sea, a spring or rain water. Often stagnant and polluted. More dangerous to humans than animals, fowl, birds.

COASTAL: Shoreline and surf with beaches or cliffs, inhabited or isolated. Where large bodies of fish congregate and are easy to pluck from the sea.

COASTAL THICKET: further inland, more vegetation, grasses, bushes, shrubs, small

trees, flowers. Less wind or interference from large sea bird predators.

DRY LIMESTONE FORESTS: on the coastal plains and lower hills scrubby growth, spindly trees and shrubs, cleared land, unsheltered arid areas with cacti and thatch palms, thorny species. Thick climbing vines and large honeycombed rocks and boulders.

WET LIMESTONE FORESTS: In a layered forest growth. Trees growing from 15 to 65 ft. in light. Layers of shrubs and herbs, vines and bromeliads. Dark, rich earth with many species of ferns, orchids and air plants that require shade or indirect light and coolness.

MONTANE: Deep, verdant valleys, lush growth, Tall trees laden with bromeliads and tree ferns. dark, dense and cool. Orchids, creepers, moss and fungi. Strands of grey lichen trailing from trees. Overhead canopy of tall trees, sub-canopy of smaller trees. Variety of shrub and bushes, mufti-layered with leaves and flowers. Ground covering of mosses and ferns. Roadside lilies.

CULTIVATED LAND, Pastures sown with seed or seedlings or distributed by birds. Ground vegetation, contiguous to cattle ponds, sometimes brakish but acceptable to cattle. Vegetable and flower gardens, planted and tended daily by humans.

RUGGED SEACLIFFS9 Scrubby growth, stunted trees, grasses, flowering weeds and perennial flowers. Rocky precipices and high platforms for stalking and roosting and caves for nesting. DRY SCRUB WOODLAND: sparse growth, lots of insects and creatures living in burrows and holes in the ground by roadsides embankments.

CORAL LAYS: Offshore island formed by coral reefs, teeming with varieties of coral. Excellent home for aquatic life and many species of migrating birds.

CLOUD FOREST: Mountain top, above the rain forest and Palm brakes. Stunted, gnarled trees, fewer shrubs. Cool and moist. Above 5000 ft. the Elfin Woodlands are shrouded in morning mist.

THE CARIBBEAN: THE WEST INDIES: Bahama Islands, Greater Antilles. The Cayman islands, Swan Islands, Old Providence, St Andrew in the sourth west caribbean, Lesser Antilles, Barbados, Granada

GREATER ANTILLES: The Bahamas, east, including the U.S. and British Virgin Islands LESSER ANTILLES: Islands below the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico: St. Maarten, Saba, St. Barthelemy, Anguilla, St. Kitts, St. Eustatius, Barbuda, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, Guadaloupe, Dominica. Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Barbados, The Grenadines, Carriacou, Grenada.

LEEWARD ISLANDS: St. Maarten, Anguilla, Saba, St. Barth's, St. Eustatius, ST. Kitts, Nevis, Barbuda, Antigua, Montserrat, Guadaloupe

WINDWARD ISLANDS: Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Barbados, The Grenadines, Carricou, Grenada.

EAST INDIES, EASTERN CARIBBEAN: Trinidad and Tobabo, near south America.

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Table of Contents

Silver-Beaked Tanager
Rufus-Browed Peppershrike
Blue-Crowned Motmot
Pale-Vented Pigeon
Spectacled Owl A
Cal-Billed Toucan
White- Bearded Manakin
Bay- Headed Tanager
Violaceous Euphonia
Green Honeycreeper
Snowy Egret
Scarlet Ibis
Purple Gallinule
Wattled Jacana
Brown Pelican
Laughing Gull
Red-Footed Booby
Little Blue Heron
Common Ground Dove
Peregrine Falcon
Imperial Parrot
Blue Hooded Euphonia
Grey Beaded Quail
Stripe-Headed Tanager
Cuban Tody
Belted Kingfisher
Red-Legged Honeycreeper
Jamaican Mango
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Interviews & Essays

From the Author
All my life I have loved birds. Since living in the Caribbean for the past eighteen years I have had a chance to see most unusual birds. The last thing I notice just before a hurricane hits are the birds flying about frantically looking for places to hide. The last thing I do is close my seaside doors, hoping that the birds might fly inside for shelter. After our last hurricane I was very worried about a nesting pair of sugar birds in my Bouganvillea. When the hurricane had spent its three day fury on us I rushed to find the birds. They were gone. Three days later they were back. They had found a safe place to hide. One of my favorite presents from my husband was a huge book on Birds. I have been painting birds all of my life. —Lucy Baker
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Birder's Handbook

    I was disappointed in this book. I was looking for a birder's field guide for the Caribbean. The drawings were not useful at all. This was more of a hobby for the author that loves to draw birds.

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