Field Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica
Graced with bounteous natural beauty Costa Rica has become a populardestination for travelers from all over the world. Birds play aprominent role in attracting visitors, too. The shimmering quetzals,gaudy macaws, and comical toucans that populate tourism posters onlybegin to hint at the impressive avian diversity to be found throughoutthis small country.
The principle objective of this book is to help you correctly identifybirds in Costa Rica. Each family of birds is introduced by a briefdescription that should help the novice birder determine to which groupa bird belongs. Nearly every species is illustrated by one or moreimages, as needed. Corresponding to each species' illustration is awritten account on the facing page. The account begins with the uniquefield marks to look for that will distinguish each species from similarones. Following the description of unique markings is information abouthow common a species is and where it occurs geographically. To the leftof most accounts is a thumbnail map of Costa Rica showing the species'range within the country. Many species accounts include a descriptionof vocalization.
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