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The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide
     

The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide

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by Richard Garrigues, Robert Dean
 

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ISBN-10: 080147373X

ISBN-13: 9780801473739

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Cornell University Press

This is the one 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 more than 820 resident and neotropical migrant species found in Costa Rica, all in a compact, portable, user-friendly design. The detailed full-color illustrations show identifying

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This is the one 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 more than 820 resident and neotropical migrant species found in Costa Rica, all in a compact, portable, user-friendly design. The detailed full-color illustrations show identifying features-including plumage differences among males, females, and juveniles-and views of birds in flight wherever pertinent. Additional features of this all-new guide include: 165 original color plates depicting more than 820 species. Concise text that describes key field marks for positive identification, as well as habitat, behavior, and vocalizations. Range maps and texts arranged on opposing pages from illustrations for quick, easy reference. The most up-to-date bird list for Costa Rica. A visual guide to the anatomical features of birds with accompanying explanatory text. Quick reference to vultures and raptors in flight.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801473739
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Zona Tropical Publications Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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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The Birds of Costa Rica 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BirdBrain More than 1 year ago
I just returned from my 18th trip to Costa Rica. I have been birding there since 1983 and have used the Stiles and Skutch since it came out in 1989. I had used it so much that it was dog-eared and pretty beat up, so I decided to get a new field guide. When I looked over the Garrigues and Dean book I was delighted to see location maps. That was the one thing lacking in the Stiles book; no maps. You had to read the description statements to find that information, and those statements often were on other pages, not the page with the bird picture. This new guide has it all right in front of you. As a birder I know location is very important and it is helpful to see if a possible sighting could actually be found in that particular area. It's not 100% accurate but it is most probable. It was easy using this guide. The setup is great and agrees with most birding field guides. The drawings are accurate and carefully done. The size of the guide is easy to carry (smaller than previous guide). The book also held up being thrown into a backpack, carried on a raft and various boats, and being opened many, many times. I would recommend this field guide to the various birders who often travel with me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the author of a travel guide to Costa Rica (Explore Costa Rica, Fifth Edition), which covers flora and fauna (and especially birds) in detail, I can attest that this is a great book to take with you and makes a superb companion to Explore Costa Rica (which will be a great help with the rest of your trip).
Anonymous 18 days ago
This book is excellent for learning Costa Rican birds. The format is quite handy and economically provides all the information you need to distinguish similar species. One of the best field guides I've seen ever.
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