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The Birds of Ecuador: Ecology and Behavior of a Wetland Engineer
The Birds of Ecuador comprehensively treats the nearly 1600 species of birds that can be found in mainland Ecuador. The authors describe Ecuador this way: "One of the wonders of the natural world. Nowhere else is such incredible avian diversity crammed into such a small country. . . . Birds are, happily, numerous in many parts of Ecuador: even the downtown parks of the big ...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published June 26th 2001 by Cornell University Press
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Field guides are not really books that one reads--they are books that one studies and hopes to retain a small fraction of the information available. This book provides excellent coverage of the birds of Ecuador. Many of the birds depicted are difficult to do justice to--the iridescent hummingbirds, tanagers, etc. I felt I was doing well just to get the various families of birds that were possible to see somewhat established in my brain. Actually seeing some of these species was mind-blowing.
Useful resource for the visitor to Ecuador, especially those bird watching or visiting Ecolodges. Not all the pictures have the best color--variation exists. We saw 125 birds in three weeks, that leaves 1000+ to go.