Review Of "The Birds Of The Trans-Pecos" By J. Peterson And B. R. Zimmer

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A useful guide to an important birding area of the US, Peterson's book is primarily an annotated checklist of the birds of western Texas. It has a brief section on where to find birds in the area with some maps but is not comparable in detail to the Lane birding guide series published by the American Birding Association. A lengthy table gives seasonal distribution of the birds; there are black-and-white drawings and color photographs of some, but not all, of the birds and habitats covered. This book would be a valuable addition to libraries close to west Texas with a significant bird-watching readership, as well as graduate-level library collections specializing in regional ornithology. Libraries should first consider any of the field guides to North American birds or regional field guides to birds of Texas before acquiring this more regional book. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty.


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