Birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao is the essential guide for anyone traveling to those islands. It showcases the more than 280 species seen on Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao and provides descriptions of and directions to the best places to bird, from the famous white sand beaches to hidden watering holes to the majestic national parks.
Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao – the "ABCs" – located in the southwestern Caribbean, not far from Venezuela, share fascinating ecological features with the West Indies as well as the South American mainland, making birding on the islands unique. The identification portion of Birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao features endemic subspecies such as the Brown-throated Parakeet; a wide variety of wintering North American migrants; spectacular restricted-range northern South American species such as the Yellow-shouldered Parrot, Bare-eyed Pigeon, Troupial, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, and Yellow Oriole; and West Indian species including the Pearly-eyed Thrasher and Caribbean Elaenia,
Colourful introductory sections provide readers with a brief natural history of the islands, detailing the geography, geology, and general ecology of each. In the site guide that follows, Jeffrey V. Wells and Allison Childs Wells share their more than two decades of experience in the region, providing directions to the best birding spots. Clear, easy-to-read maps accompany each site description, along with notes about the species that birders are likely to find.
The identification section is arranged in classic field guide format and offers vivid descriptions of each bird, along with tips on how to identify them by sight and sound. The accounts also include current status and seasonality, if relevant, and common names in English, Dutch, and Papiamento, often inspired by the unique voices of the birds, such as the "chibichibi" (Bananaquit) and "choco" (Burrowing Owl). The accompanying colour plates feature the beautiful work of illustrator Robert Dean.
The final section, on conservation, raises awareness about threats facing the birds and the habitats on which they rely and summarizes conservation initiatives and needs, offering recommendations for each island.
"Although I've never managed to get to the famed ABC Islands in my many South American explorations, with the appearance of this thoroughly researched volume, that's going to have to change. This book captures the spirit of birding on three of the most tempting tropical islands around."
– Robert S. Ridgely, President, Rainforest Trust, coauthor of Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil
"This book is a superb field guide, a site guide with colorful maps, and a well-illustrated introduction to the ecology and conservation of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, all in one package. It raises the bar significantly for birding books."
– Scott Weidensaul, author of Living on the Wind (Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction)
"Beautifully designed and filled with helpful information, this outstanding new guide will transform the whole approach to birding on these alluring islands."
– Kenn Kaufman, author of Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
"This book belongs on every keen birder's bookshelf. It is well designed, clear, and above all useful. I am particularly impressed with the way that it helps direct people to the best birding sites."
– Kalli De Meyer, Executive Director, Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance