This is a visually spectacular book. Hummingbirds, so beloved by the public, are already the subject of many books that range from mawkish to good. None accurately summarizes hummingbird biology for a general audience in adequate detail. As this book features eye-catching photographs and diagrams as well as a lot of text, my initial hope was that this book might finally be the go-to general reference on hummingbirds. It isn't. This is another book you should buy for the photographs.

A public audience will love this book for the pretty pictures and text that is always clear, engaging, and written with a tone that seems authoritative. The chapters in the second half of the book, on biogeography and biodiversity, culture, and conservation, are excellent. The habitat pictures are great. The one thing that would have improved the biogeography sections is a map of South America showing each biogeographic region featured....

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