The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide

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"Graced with bounteous natural beauty, a stable democratic government, and friendly citizens, Costa Rica has become a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. Birds play a prominent role in attracting visitors, too. The shimmering quetzals, gaudy macaws, and comical toucans only begin to hint at the impressive avian diversity to be found throughout this small country."—from the IntroductionThis is the one field guide the novice or experienced birder needs to identify birds in the field in the diverse habitats found in Costa ...
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Overview

"Graced with bounteous natural beauty, a stable democratic government, and friendly citizens, Costa Rica has become a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. Birds play a prominent role in attracting visitors, too. The shimmering quetzals, gaudy macaws, and comical toucans only begin to hint at the impressive avian diversity to be found throughout this small country."—from the IntroductionThis 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:* 166 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.
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"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 more than 820 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. Garrigues, a birding guide in Costa Rica, and Dean, an illustrator, provide information for both experienced and novice birds alike. Each page of this compact book is devoted to a different species, listing basic behavioral information and important physical features. Colorful corresponding images highlight plumage differences among juvenile, male, and female birds. Each set of illustrations is accompanied by text listing the species' name, scientific name, and identifying markings for a birder to look for. Also included is a range map for the species, indications of each bird's size, and a few words about the bird's habits and anatomy."—Science News

"The appearance of this new, compact guide to the birds of Costa Rica should spur even more international birders to come to this avian paradise. I congratulate author and artist on a job well done."—Robert S. Ridgely, World Land Trust, author of Birds of Ecuador, Birds of Panama, and Birds of South America

"This book is a must for birders visiting Costa Rica. It is compact, easy to carry in the field, and filled with useful information. I highly recommend it."—Victor Emanuel, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours

"Compact, attractive, easy-to-use, and accurate, The Birds of Costa Rica should be in the day pack of anyone roaming the forests of this birders' paradise."—Russell Greenberg, Director, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801473739
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Zona Tropical Publications Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 101,758
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Garrigues is one of the preeminent birding guides in Costa Rica, with more than twenty years' experience leading birding and natural history tours. Robert Dean is an avid birder and natural history illustrator. Both live in Costa Rica.
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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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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    The maps increased the ease of identification. The previous most used field guide by Stiles, Skutch and Gardner is wonderful but lacks maps. It's important to be able to link location to identification possibilities.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2007

    comprehensive guide!

    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).

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