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Birds of Costa Rica (Helm Field Guides)

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The detailed full-color illustrations show identifying features—including plumage differences among males, females, and juveniles—and views of birds in flight wherever pertinent. Therefore, a simple, effective field guide would be an invaluable tool for residents and visitors seeking to observe and identify birds.

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. Few people get to see these species but it would have been good to show them, even if just to raise awareness of them with the authorities. It features descriptions and illustrations of all 903 species definitely known from Costa Rica, including pelagics and species regular to Cocos Island.On page 153, depicting those most cryptic of birds, the potoos, little cameos are added showing a bird roosting, for all the world looking like part of a tree, and another depicting the bird at night - "potoo eyes reflect like burning coals.

This naturalistic style offers a more faithful impression of how birds are likely to appear during field observation, especially when taken together with the details on identification provided in the written accounts. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. With a trip to Costa Rica imminent and as a serious "hobbyist" birder, I wanted a guide that would be similar to my trusty Collins Bird Guide to serve me on my first venture to exotic birding climes!Concise, yet informative accounts of families, species groups, and occasionally genera are also a welcome inclusion. This is exactly the focus of The Birds of Costa Rica – to assist with identification in the field – and the book succeeds admirably. The text itself is concise and stripped down to the bare minimum, but there is enough there to aid identification where the illustrations were not in themselves sufficient. As systematics marches ever (sometimes frustratingly) onwards, more field guides that demystify the authors’ decisions on species naming, and connect present names with those of the past and future would be welcome.

I found it interesting, and commendable, that Dyer and Howell acknowledge the development of field guides to Costa Rican birds, going back to the 1989 seminal guide by Stiles and Skutch. The text and maps are on the left page facing the colour plates with around five species per spread. Ideal for the travelling nature watcher, this useful guide provides a comprehensive overview of the variety of bird-life to be found in Costa Rica.Widely accepted splits that have not been included are Western Woodhaunter (from Striped Woodhaunter), Carmioli's Tanager (from Olive Tanager), and Cabanis's Ground-Sparrow (from Prevost's Ground-Sparrow). Inevitably these details leave the reader wanting more, and saddened that this concise guide is space limited (Why and how does the Great Kiskadee taste foul?

Costa Rica is among the most popular birding destinations in the world, with a breathtaking diversity of neotropical birdlife and stunningly beautiful habitats ranging from shady mangrove swamps to mist-enshrouded mountaintops and verdant rainforest. G. Howell’s portrayal of behavior is particularly detailed for many birds, pointing out specific behavioral cues that are useful for identification in the field and making them come alive for the reader at home.Appendix A deals with Cocos Island, a place we all wish to go to but never will, and its unique species. The only advantage of this is that when you see these species in the field you’ll be bowled over as indeed in reality they are far more dazzling. 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. Costa Rica is among the most popular birding destinations in the world, with a breathtaking diversity of neotropical birdlife and stunningly beautiful habitats ranging from shady mangrove swamps to mist-enshrouded mountaintops and verdant rainforests. and I didn't have a book guide, but the person who was my tour guide that week, helped me to identify different species of birds of paradise.

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