The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide

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This is the one compact, portable, and user-friendly field guide the novice or experienced birder needs to identify birds in the field in the diverse habitats found in Costa Rica. It features descriptions and illustrations of all 903 species definitely known from Costa Rica, including pelagics and species regular to Cocos Island. Fifty-six of these species are placed in a "Rarities" section that includes accidentals, rarer pelagics, and species that have not been reported in ...

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Overview

This is the one compact, portable, and user-friendly field guide the novice or experienced birder needs to identify birds in the field in the diverse habitats found in Costa Rica. It features descriptions and illustrations of all 903 species definitely known from Costa Rica, including pelagics and species regular to Cocos Island. Fifty-six of these species are placed in a "Rarities" section that includes accidentals, rarer pelagics, and species that have not been reported in more than twenty years.

The detailed full-color illustrations show identifying features—including plumage differences among males, females, and juveniles—and views of birds in flight wherever pertinent.Robert Dean has supplied more than 360 new illustrations, including sixty-four species that are illustrated for the first time in this edition. These include recent additions to the country list, pelagic species, Cocos Island species, and all accidentals recorded from the Costa Rican mainland. Range maps and nomenclature have been updated for this edition, which also has a new user-friendly organizational scheme and alphabetical quick-find indexes of groups and families on the inside back cover.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A great size to carry in the field, The Birds of Costa Rica offers large illustrations, key field marks in bolded text, and distribution maps enabling rapid identifications. Birders traveling to Costa Rica will welcome this new guide for quick reference in the field."—Wildbird (reviewing the first edition)

"For the nature lover fortunate enough to vacation in Costa Rica—and for all lovers of beautiful birds—comes this up-to-date, comprehensive field guide to the native and migrant birds to be found in that country. From the distinctive pink spoonbill to the colorful trogons and toucans, Costa Rica is home to a remarkably diverse population of birds."—Science News (reviewing the first edition)

"Because of its beauty, tropical climate, and tremendous biodiversity, Costa Rica is a popular locale for birding. Therefore, a simple, effective field guide would be an invaluable tool for residents and visitors seeking to observe and identify birds. This is exactly the focus of The Birds of Costa Rica—to assist with identification in the field—and the book succeeds admirably. It is a pleasure to read."—Quarterly Review of Biology (reviewing the first edition)

"The foremost objective of The Birds of Costa Rica is to help anyone to correctly and confidently identify the Costa Rica birds. And it succeeds. This is the one field guide the novice or experienced birder needs for identifying birds in the field in the diverse habitats found in Costa Rica."—Biology Digest (reviewing the first edition)

"All ornithologists, birders, hawkwatchers, conservation biologists, and others engaged in bird observations in Costa Rica will want to include this excellent field guide as part of their basic field equipment. Most highly recommended."—International Hawkwatcher (reviewing the first edition)

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Product Details

Meet the Author

Richard Garrigues is one of the preeminent birding guides in Costa Rica, with more than twenty-five years' experience leading birding and natural history tours.

Robert Dean is an avid birder and natural history illustrator.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     VII
Anatomical Features     XIV
Acknowledgements     XXIII
About the Author and Illustrator     XXV
Species Accounts and Illustrations
Tinamous     2
Ducks     4
Grebes     8
Curassows, Chachalacas, & Guans     10
Quails     12
Boobies     14
Pelicans     16
Cormorants     16
Anhingas     16
Frigatebirds     18
Storks     18
Hetons     20
Spoonbills & Ibises     26
Sunbittern     28
New World Vultures     30
Hawks & Eagles     32
Falcons     48
Crakes & Rails     54
Jacanas     60
Sungrebes     62
Limpkin     62
Thick-knees     62
Plovers     64
Oystercatchers     66
Stilts     68
Sandpipers     68
Gulls & Terns     80
Skimmers     84
Pigeons & Doves     84
Parrots     94
Cuckoos     100
Barn Owls     104
Owls     104
Nightjars     110
Potoos     114
Oilbird     114
Swifts     116
Hummingbirds     120
Trogons     140
Motmots     146
Kingfishers     148
Puffbirds     150
Jacamars     152
Barbets & Toucans     152
Woodpeckers     156
Ovenbirds & Woodcreepers     162
Typical Antbirds     174
Ground Antbirds     184
Tapaculos     186
Tyrant Flycatchers     188
Becards, etc.     214
Cotingas     218
Manakins     220
Sharpbill     224
Vireos     224
Jays     230
Swallows     232
Gnatwrens & Gnatcatchers     236
Wrens     238
Thrushes     246
Dippers     250
Mockingbirds     252
Silky-Flycatchers     252
Waxwings     254
Wood-Warblers     254
Bananaquit     276
Tanagers     276
Seedeaters, Finches, & Sparrows      294
Old World Sparrows     306
Saltators, Grosbeaks, & Buntings     306
Blackbirds & Orioles     312
Munias     322
Euphonias & Goldfinches     324
Additional Species     328
Glossary     331
Taxonomic Notes     335
Costa Rica Bird List     341
Index of Scientific Names     365
Index of English Common Names     375
Adult Vultures and Raptors in Flight     386
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