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Birds of Costa Rica (Helm Field Guides)

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Either way I had it does get established and helps fill in that garden, and even if it moves into the lawn, that wouldn't be so bad. 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. Graced with bounteous natural beauty Costa Rica has become a popular destination for travellers from all over the world. When my late husband was in the last years of his Alzheimer’s malady he could not talk but since he had loved to look at birds for years I brought him several bird books, big coffee table books, of colorful birds, and he would just look and look at them, and smile. Therefore, a simple, effective field guide would be an invaluable tool for residents and visitors seeking to observe and identify birds.

Each field guide has built on the success of those that have gone before and as one who has used all of them, I take great satisfaction in now possessing this newest version. These authors are “splitters” and have elevated a lot of what were previously considered “subspecies” to full species, that no major world lists recognize yet as such. This is a great book for anyone who really wants to deep dive into the Natural History of Costa Rica. Two obvious examples are the Clapper Rail and the Nutting’s Flycatcher, which are both likely to be different species. For example, on pp 314 the authors describe a set of unrelated but similar-looking flycatchers likely all being mimics of the foul tasting Great Kiskadee.For most species that you find in a country barely 9 degrees from the equator, this is of no great concern, but seasonal migrants from both north and south are indicated only in the text. The account begins with the unique field marks to look for that will distinguish each species from similar ones. The discussion of taxonomic uncertainty and the reasoning behind species labels is forthright and provides readers with a candid understanding of how decisions were made. It is possible that the author has lumped it with Purple-throated Mountain-gem, but we just don't know as there is no reference to it anywhere.

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. Juveniles, colour morphs and occasional sub-species are shown again where these can be identified in the field.

Good - Bumped and creased book with tears to the extremities, but not affecting the text block, may have remainder mark or previous owner's name - GOOD Standard-sized. All in all, I found this to be an extremely good book and for somewhere short of 20 quid, you are really getting value for money. An American Birding Association Best Bird Book of the Year" "A very fine book, meeting all the established criteria for a successful modern field guide, and in many instances exceeding them. From the distinctive pink spoonbill to the colorful trogons and toucans, Costa Rica is home to a remarkably diverse population of birds. We also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws, and philosophies of the Indigenous Peoples with whom we share this land today.

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