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The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide
"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 s ...more
Published May 1st 2007 by Cornell University Press
(first published 2007)
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I didn't read all the text, but looked at the pictures, checking especially to see what species and names were foreign to the part of the U.S. in which I live. I noted that most of the New World Warblers migrate to the US, as do some other species that winter in Costa Rica. Beautiful, as birds usually are!
This is a handy guide and suitable alternative to the classic (and still essential) Stiles & Skutch. This book is smaller and lighter but that means it lacks the details of habitat, behavior, elevational range, and nests that are in S&S. The main advantage of this guide is that it includes range maps and adopts the more convenient format of illustrations opposite short descriptions and maps. No more flipping around as in S&S. But again, it lacks a lot of the detailed info in S&S ...more