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Title:
The birds of Kaua'i
Author:
Denny, Jim, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xiv, 102 pages : color illustrations, 1 color map ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A Latitude 20 book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780824820978
Format :
Book

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Kaua'i is the place for birdwatching in Hawai'i. Let The Birds of Kauai be your guide!

Written in an appealing, informal style, The Birds of Kaua'i offers readers an enjoyable look at the avifauna of Hawai'i's oldest island. Two of the most important and impressive sites for birdwatching in the State are located on Kaua'i: Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge and Alaka'i Wilderness Preserve. Kilauea, on the island's windward shore, boasts substantial populations of seabirds, which can be viewed up close; Alaka'i is the most pristine native rain forest in the Islands and until two short decades ago its valleys still echoed with the songs of every native bird historically known to reside there. Today many species continue to thrive in the lush ancient forest.

Superbly illustrated with more than 80 color photographs, The Birds of Kauai covers every avian species that can be seen on the Garden Island. The author's knowledge and enthusiasm are evident on each page as he describes native forest birds, seabirds, alien birds, and migratory visitors. One of world's rarest birds is the Kaua'i 'O'o, the victim of predation and extensive changes to its environment. These and other threats to the Island's fragile bird populations are discussed.


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Denny, a wildlife photographer and bird enthusiast, offers a brief review of the birds of Kaua'i in Hawaii that covers every bird species that can be seen on the state's oldest island. There are some 80 color photographs of most of the birds described in the book. The island is home to two of the most important and impressive sites for bird-watching: Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge and Alaka'i Wilderness Preserve. Kilauea, on the island's windward shore, has a substantial seabird population; Alaka'i is the most pristine native rain forest in Hawaii. Bird species mentioned are classified as endemic, indigenous, introduced, or migratory, together with a discussion of native forest birds, seabirds, and the threats to Kaua'i's fragile bird population. List of references cited; bird checklist. Recommended for Hawaiian and West Coast public libraries. C. J. Pollard Los Angeles Unified School District