Traveller's Wildlife Guides: Belize and Northern Guatemala

Overview

Most travellers to Belize and Northern Guatemala want to experience lush tropical forests and other stunning habitats and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife: toucans and parrots, hummingbirds and hawks, monkeys and big cats, frogs and toads, crocodiles and snakes. In this book is all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about the region's magnificent animal life.

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Overview

Most travellers to Belize and Northern Guatemala want to experience lush tropical forests and other stunning habitats and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife: toucans and parrots, hummingbirds and hawks, monkeys and big cats, frogs and toads, crocodiles and snakes. In this book is all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about the region's magnificent animal life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566565684
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Series: Traveller's Wildlife Guides Series
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 364,201
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Beletsky is a professional wildlife biologist and university zoology teacher. Prior to taking up writing wildlife guides he conducted many years of field research on the ecology and behavior of birds. He is the author of numerous books, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru in this series.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Chapter 1 Ecotourism: Travel for the Environmentally Concerned 1
What Ecotourism Is and Why It's Important 1
The History of Ecotourism 2
How Ecotourism Helps; Ecotravel Ethics 3
Chapter 2 Belize and Northern Guatemala: Ecotourism, Geography, Habitats, Parks, and Reserves 6
A Brief Eco-history of Belize and Northern Guatemala 6
Belize 6
Guatemala 11
Geography and Climate 14
Belize 14
Guatemala 15
Habitats 16
Tropical Forest: General Characteristics 16
Forest Habitats and Common Vegetation 20
Belize 20
Guatemala 34
Parks, Reserves, and Other Eco-sites: Brief Descriptions and Getting
Around 36
Belize 36
Guatemala 44
Chapter 3 Environmental Threats and Conservation 46
Belize 46
Major Threats and Conservation Record 46
Conservation Programs and Ecotourism 47
Northern Guatemala - Peten District 49
History of the Peten 49
Major Threats 50
Conservation Programs and Ecotourism 50
Chapter 4 How To Use This Book: Ecology and Natural History 54
What Is Natural History? 54
What Is Ecology and What Are Ecological Interactions? 54
How To Use This Book 56
Information Given in the Family Profiles 56
Information Given in the Color Plate Sections 60
Chapter 5 Amphibians 63
General Characteristics and Natural History 63
Seeing Amphibians in Belize and Guatemala 65
Family Profiles
1 Salamanders 66
2 Toads 67
3 Rainfrogs 70
4 Treefrogs 71
5 Other Frogs 74
Environmental Close-up 1 Frog Population Declines: Amphibian Armageddon or Alarmist Absurdity? 77
Chapter 6 Reptiles 80
General Characteristics and Natural History 80
Seeing Reptiles in Belize and Guatemala 82
Family Profiles
1 Crocodilians 83
2 Turtles 86
3 Columbrids: Your Regular, Everyday Snakes 89
4 Dangerous Snakes and Boas 93
5 Geckos 97
6 Iguanids 99
7 Skinks and Whiptails 102
Environmental Close-up 2 Poisons and Potions in Snakes and Frogs 105
Chapter 7 Birds 108
Introduction 108
General Characteristics of Birds 109
Classification of Birds 109
Features of Tropical Birds 110
Seeing Birds in Belize and Guatemala 111
Family Profiles
1 Seabirds 112
2 Waterbirds 114
3 Herons and Egrets 117
4 Marsh and Stream Birds 119
5 Ducks 121
6 Shorebirds 123
7 Currasows, Quail, and Turkey 125
8 Tinamous 127
9 Vultures 129
10 Raptors 132
11 Pigeons and Doves 135
12 Parrots 138
13 Cuckoos and Anis 141
14 Owls 143
15 Goatsuckers 145
16 Swifts and Swallows 146
17 Hummingbirds 148
18 Trogons 152
19 Jacamars and Puffbirds 154
20 Kingfishers 156
21 Motmots 157
22 Woodpeckers 159
23 Toucans 161
24 Woodcreepers 163
25 Antbirds 165
26 Manakins 167
27 Cotingas 169
28 American Flycatchers 171
29 Wrens 173
30 Thrushes and Mockingbirds 175
31 Jays 176
32 Warblers and other small, flitting birds 178
33 Blackbirds and Orioles 180
34 Tanagers 183
35 Sparrows and Grosbeaks 186
Environmental Close-up 3 Coffee Crops and Conservation 188
Chapter 8 Mammals 191
Introduction 191
General characteristics 192
Classification of mammals 192
Features of Tropical Mammals 193
Seeing Mammals in Belize and Guatemala 194
Family Profiles
1 Opossums 195
2 Bats 197
3 Primates 202
4 Anteaters and Armadillos 206
5 Rodents 209
6 Carnivores 212
7 Peccaries and Deer 217
8 Tapir 219
9 Marine Mammals 221
Environmental Close-up 4 The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center 224
Chapter 9 Marine Life 226
The Barrier Reef Ecosystem 226
Coral Reef Communities 227
Coral Biology 228
Common Reef Animals 229
Mangrove Swamps 231
Diving in Belize 231
Identification Plates 1-104 233
Habitat Photos 443
References 453
Species Index 455
General Index 469
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