A guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago (2nd edition) - Richard ffrench

Victor C. Quesnel


Perhaps, we in Trinidad and Tobago are fortunate in having only 450 species as against the 900 species in Venezuela, for the smaller number makes it practical to give in a conveniently sized book a summary of everything known about the birds rather than just descriptions and notes on habitat and distibution. The importance of this cannot be overemphasized. It makes the book much more than just a field guide and calls attention to the gaps in our knowledge as well as what is known. ffrench mentions this in his preface and we can thank him for taking this approach since we, the inhabitants of these islands, are largely cut off from the stream of research running through the journals of the more advanced countries.

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