The richness and diversity of Cuban birdlife features 354 recorded species that represent 20 orders and 60 families. The 21 living endemic species include the charming Cuban Tody, the striking and elegant Cuban Trogon (the national bird), the colorful Cuban Green Woodpecker, and the smallest of all birds, the Bee Hummingbird.This compact and portable field reference will help Cubans, visitors from abroad, and bird enthusiasts identify and enjoy the island's avifauna. The 51 color plates and 662 images accurately illustrate male, female, and juvenile plumages (in some cases for the first time). Many migratory species are depicted in both winter and breeding colors, providing a glimpse of many common North American birds as they appear when away from rthern surroundings. In the comprehensive Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba Orlando H. Garrido and Arturo Kirkconnell share their vast wealth of kwledge about birds-and habitats-that are too little kwn.Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba contains:* Species accounts including habitat descriptions, similar species, range, status, nesting and feeding habits, and vocalizations.* Checklists of endemic species and subspecies.* Background on the geography, climate, geology, paleontology, and natural history of Cuba.*144 maps that show regional boundaries and vegetative habitats as well as the local distribution of each species.
Orlando H. Garrido is a founder of both the Cuban Academy of Science and the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba, where he served as Curator until his retirement. He has described 129 new species and subspecies, and is the author or coauthor of books including Las Palomas, Los Patos de Cuba, Conozca Las Rapaces, Catalogo de las Aves de Cuba, Birds of the West Indies, and Mariposas de Puerto Rico. Arturo Kirkconnell is Bird Curator, National Museum of Natural History of Cuba, and the author or coauthor of several books including The Birdwatcher's Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans; The Important Areas for the Conservation of Birds in Cuba; and Catalogo de las Aves de Cuba.