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Birds of Costa Rica (Helm Field Guides)

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Took hundreds of photos and this book has been perfect to assist in identification, although still mystified over a couple of pics! The account begins with the unique field marks to look for that will distinguish each species from similar ones. This well illustrated book includes coverage of waterbirds and migrants, as well as resident tropical species, and it discusses such topics as plumages, vocalisations, food habits, nesting, and distribution. Since 1981, he has lived in Costa Rica, where for more than twenty years he has been leading birding and natural history tours. It reads more like a science book than anything else, but if you want the hardcore information without any prose or pretty pictures, this is the book for you.

A state-of-the-art illustrated field guide to the birds of Costa Rica Costa Rica is among the most popular birding destinations in the world, with a breathtaking diversity of neotropical birdlife and stunningly beautiful habitats ranging from shady mangrove swamps to mist-enshrouded mountaintops and verdant rain forests. The text is very brief with around 50 words to cover the main identification features and habitat preferences, and a big plus factor is the inclusion of colour distribution maps. The field guide I have used on my two last visits to Costa Rica has been the excellent work by Garrigues and Dean. In addition to the primary species depictions, the authors include a number of comparison illustrations featuring possible misidentifications (e. Early on the authors include maps of four common distributional patterns of bird species (humid lowlands, dry lowlands, foothills, and highlands), which are particularly useful for users who are not familiar with Costa Rica’s topography, or ecotourists planning a vacation to hit the major biome types.If you have a keen interest in biology, and the relationships in nature, the Neotropical Companion is a fascinating read. Juveniles, colour morphs and occasional sub-species are shown again where these can be identified in the field. As well as the commoner species likely to be encountered - colourful birds such as the Blue-grey Tanager, Social Flycatcher, Kiskadee, Clay-coloured Robin and Rufous-collared Sparrow - the guide also focuses on endemics, such as Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, and endangered species, such as the Bare-necked Umbrellabird and Three-wattled Bellbird. Nevertheless, the plates are pleasing to the eye and largely accurate so take it with you and don't worry about any minor inaccuracies. The detailed full-color illustrations show identifying features – including plumage differences among males, females, and juveniles – and views of birds in flight wherever pertinent.

Graced with bounteous natural beauty Costa Rica has become a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. For example, on pp 314 the authors describe a set of unrelated but similar-looking flycatchers likely all being mimics of the foul tasting Great Kiskadee. This is exactly the focus of The Birds of Costa Rica—to assist with identification in the field—and the book succeeds admirably. Range maps and nomenclature have been updated for this edition, which also has a new user-friendly organizational scheme and an alphabetical quick-find index of groups on the inside back cover.This new edition features 903 species in total, including 64 that are illustrated here for the first time. Concise species accounts describe everything from size and distribution to voice, habitat, and status. Unlike many bird guides, some natural history details of the birds are teased in the text, giving greater ecological depth to the accounts. Colour distribution maps show where the species are mostly seen and are colour-coded to indicate those that are resident or winter/summer migrants.

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