A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America
Beautifully illustrated with seventy-one color plates and thirty-nine black and white drawings, the guide shows 750 species and includes many plumages never before depicted. Of special interest are illustrations of some of the most notoriously difficult groups to portray, such as raptors in flight, owls, and nightjars. In addition, superb, easy-to-read maps help the traveling birder locate particular–even rare–species, and the entries describing individual birds detail their appearance, voice, habitat, behavior (including nesting and eggs), and distribution. With the U.S. birder in mind, the guide also includes birds that can be seen north of the border, showing these American migrants on plates when they could be confused with similar Mexican species, thus enabling the birder to make quick and ready comparisons in the field. And, with readable and fascinating presentations of the natural history of Central American birds, this guide will be welcomed not only by seasoned birders, but by any traveler exploring the rain forests, coastlines, and deserts of Mexico and the Central American isthmus.
Our Opinion: This book is widely considered to be the best guide to the region, despite its large size. It covers 1,070 species, including 180 endemics, with full descriptions of North American migrants in their Mexican context. This guide does not include pelagics, shorebirds, and many other species that are common in North America, focusing instead on the endemic and indigenous birds. Many of these are introduced and illustrated in black and white in the text section. The color plates by Webb are excellent. The color plates are at the center of the book again, but here they are opposite brief identification text. The remainder of the information (ID, description, habitat, habits, similar species, status and distribution, abundance, and range) are found in the bulk of the text. Each account includes a distribution map. Regional political and geographical maps are included in the introduction, which includes geography, distribution, climate and habitat, migration, a history of Ornithology in the region, conservation, and birding in the region.
Covers: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and western Nicaragua.
Dimensions: 9.25″ x 6.25″ x 1.75″
Weight: 3 LB, 4 oz./ 1480 kg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year of Publication: 1995
Page Count: 851
Shipping Weight: 3.90
Author: Steve N.G. Howell & Sophie Webb
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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