- Tapa dura: 560 páginas
- Editor: Pica Press (31 de enero de 2001)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1873403607
- ISBN-13: 978-1873403600
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Pigeons and Doves: A Guide to the Pigeons and Doves of the World (Inglés) Tapa dura – 31 ene 2001
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This volume is dedicated to the field identification of pigeons and doves, and it incorporates much recent information on the family. Pigeons and doves are a large family of birds occurring throughout the world. Many species are specialist frugivores, while others feed on seeds. Most are arboral and the tropical species in particular are often brightly coloured. The family includes gregarious migratory species, as well as shy, ground-dwelling forms such as the exotic crowned pigeons of New Guinea.
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The artwork is very good, even by bird book standards. Quality is consistent enough between the two illustrators. Eustace Barnes' illustrations range from mediocre in color and form to very good. Those of John Cox range from very good to excellent. The plates as a whole reach slightly above field guide caliber, and do not achieve the degree of detail seen in some monographic works. However, the detailed attention Cox pays to the scalation of the small legs and feet on his subjects is particularly impressive. Color of the plates does not show the richness seen on more impressively printed works. Plate layout is mostly very good, with a marked exception being that of plate 50, in which the Yellow-vented Green Pigeon, Treron seimundi, has the end of its beak cut off by the outer page edge. Still, the 76 plates alone are likely worth the publisher's price.
The content of the book is really something else. Considering the number of species needing coverage (both "recently" extinct and extant - over 300), quite a bit of information is given, sometimes with dilution so better-known species don't fill up half the book, and sometimes with holes due to lack of knowledge on certain species. Range maps are blobs on small images, and as already mentioned in another review, the sense in the size of some of the islands depicted makes no sense. This is especially true in the cases where a given species inhabits certain portions of small islands, yet the whole islands are shaded and occupy the space of a dot on an ocean map.
The citations included are helpful, but can be misleading. There is at least one mismatch in reference year between the text citation and the bibliography. At least one text-cited reference is simply absent from the bibliography. There are other editorial mistakes; some are unimportant, such as missing periods. Others are critical, such as the blunt cutoff in the "final" sentence of the "Status and Distribution" account for the extinct Bonin Wood Pigeon, Columba versicolor: "Haha-jima [island] further south was not ornithologically explored until after the arrival of alien mammals, but it is likely that C. versicolor [end account]" - what is really hypothesized about the fate of the Bonin Wood Pigeon in lieu of alien mammals, the casual reader may never know thanks to this lousy editorial error.
The book's construct is good save for the actual binding, which is weak for the thickness and weight of the contents inside the boards. The binding should have been woven, but instead is rather crudely glued. The size of the book is larger than field guide format, but for the quality of artwork and the amount of information per species, it should have been bigger, even if that would have meant upping the publisher's price.
This book will give Oxford a run for its money should the "Bird Families of the World" series ever produce a volume on the Columbidae. I think of "Pigeons and Doves" as the first major book in English on the family as a whole since Goodwin's last edition of his book back in 1983. Despite the errors, this book is well worth its space on the shelf of any quality bird book fan.
The introduction of the book covers taxonomy and phylogeny, conservation and trade and an overview of the family. The scope and layout of the book cover just that with pigeon topography.
The 76 plates are done by Eustace Barnes and John Cox and look terrific. Each species is illustrated with several plumages for males, females, juveniles and subspecies where relevant. Many are also shown in flight and all in good detail, color and size making ID much easier.
Following the plates is the systematic section covering in greater detail all the species with the family including some extinct birds. The main family of Colombidae is introduced then each of the genera in taxonomic order is covered. Within each genera each species account features identification and similar species, voice, habits, habitat, status and distribution, description of male, female and juvenile plus subspecies, measurements, geographical variation and references. All of this is in great detail and very thorough. Each species is also presented with a very good range map though not in colored it is in shades of gray for the few migratory species.
This is a fantastic reference for this very colorful family and though taxonomically it is a little out of date this will be true of any family guide as evolution is a constant and keeping up with it will always require updated guides. Even if you never plan on visiting some of the far flung places these species live it is well worth getting this guide to enjoy the plates.