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Paperback: $24.99
ISBN-13: 9780824820978
Published: October 1999

The Birds of Kauai

  • About the Book
  • 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.

  • Contributors
    • Author: Denny, Jim;
      Jim Denny grew up amid the bayous and hardwood forests of rural Louisiana, where he learned his love for the outdoors. For the last forty years, he has been a resident of Kekaha, a small, peaceful town on the leeward coast of Kaua‘i. Jim is the author of two books, The Birds of Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i’s Butterflies and Moths. He has also produced two videos, Hawai‘i’s Birds and Birds of the Rainforest. His photos have appeared in textbooks, conservation literature, and popular magazines including Audubon, Smithsonian, and National Geographic.

  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • For anyone planning to look at birds on Kauai, this is the volume you need ... Here are wonderful, detailed closeups of some of the rarest birds in the world.
      Honolulu Advertiser
    • In Birds of Kauai, Denny shares his knowledge, passion and photographer's eye. The book is a comprehensive reference and a must-read for anyone interested in Hawaii's avian species.
      Honolulu Star-Bulletin