Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica

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University of Texas Press, 2002 - Nature - 539 pages
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At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the world to immerse themselves in the country's unspoiled rain forests, mountains, and beaches, drawn by the likelihood of seeing more than three or four hundred species of birds and other animals during even a short stay. To help all of these visitors and local residents identify and enjoy the wildlife of Costa Rica, this field guide presents nearly three hundred species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates.

Carrol Henderson, an experienced wildlife biologist, traveler, and tour leader in Costa Rica, has chosen the species that ecotourists are most likely to see, along with a selection of rarer, sought-after animals. He gives a general introduction to each group of animals, followed by individual species accounts that highlight identification features and interesting ecological adaptations for survival. His stunning close-up photographs and distribution maps complete each entry.

In addition, Henderson includes a wealth of data about Costa Rica's natural environment, as well as a trip preparation checklist and lists of conservation organizations, wildlife tourism sites, and wildlife vocalization tapes and CDs. With so much information so readily and readably accessible, this field guide will be essential for planning and enjoying your time in Costa Rica.

  

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This book is an excellent resource, but I chose to leave it at home during my recent trip to Costa Rica due to its large size. Even in paperback, it is relatively heavy compared to other field guides ... Read full review

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Fine survey of the more common animals, birds, and insects of Costa Rica, with interesting text and great photographs. Fine to have there, but heavy to pack. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Historical Perspective
2
Research
3
Education
4
Preservation
5
Conservation
8
Geography
11
Biogeography
13
Accipter Family Accipitridae
185
Falcon Family Falconidae
195
Chachalaca Guan and Curassow Family Cracidae
200
Rail Family Rallidae
207
Sunbittern Family Eurypygidae
210
Jacana Family Jacanidae
212
Oystercatcher Family Haematopodidae
214
Stilt Family Recurvirostridae
217

Migratory Birds
15
Endemic Species
17
Endemic Wildlife of the Highlands
18
Endemic Species of the Southern Pacific Lowlands
19
Endemic Species of Cocos Island
20
Tropical Dry Forest
21
Southern Pacific Lowlands
23
Central Plateau Central Valley
24
Caribbean Lowlands
26
Highlands
27
Coastal Beaches Islands and Mangrove Lagoons
32
Wildlife Overview and Species Coverage
34
Butterflies and Moths
41
Swallowtail Family Papilionidae
42
Brushfooted Butterfly Family Nymphalidae
43
Giant Silkworm Moth Family Saturniidae
60
Noctuid Moth Family Noctuidae
62
Uranlid Moth Family Uraniidae
64
Other Invertebrates
69
Bee Family Apidae
70
Ant Family Formicidae
71
Longhorned Beetle Family Cerambycidae
78
Beetle Family Scarabaeidae
79
Dobson Fly Family Corydalidae
81
Katydid Family Tettigoniidae
82
Orbweaver Spider Family Araneidae
83
Giant Damselfly Family Pseudostigmatidae
85
Rock Runner Crab Family Grapsidae
87
Land Crab Family Gecarcinidae
88
Amphibians
91
Leptoadactylid Frod Family Leptodactylidae
92
Toad Family Bufonidae
96
Hylid Frog Family Hylidae
98
Poison Dart Frog Family Dendrobatidae
100
Glass Frog Family Centrolenidae
104
Reptiles
109
Leatherback Turtle Family Dermochelyidae
110
Hardshelled Sea Turtle Cheloniidae
112
Mud Turtle Family Kinosternidae
116
Semiaquatic Pond Turtle Emydidae
117
Lizard Family Iguanidae
119
Teiid Lizard Family Teiidae
128
Constrictor Family Boidae
129
Colubrid Snakes Colubridae
130
Viper Family Crotalidae
133
Coral Snake Family Micruridae
134
Crocodile Family Crocodylidae
135
Birds
143
Tinamou Family Tinamidae
145
Pelican Family Pelecanidae
147
Cormorant Family Phalacrocoracidae
148
Anhinga Family Anhingidae
150
Frigatebird Family Fregatidae
152
Heron Family Ardeidae
154
Stork Family Ciconiidae
166
American Vulture Family Cathartidae
170
Ibis and Spoonbill Family Threskiornithidae
176
Duck Family Anatidae
179
Osprey Family Pandionidae
183
Thickknee Family Burhinidae
218
Plover Family Charadriidae
220
Sandpiper Family Scolopacidae
222
Gull and Tern Family Laridae
228
Dove and Pigeon Family Columbidae
234
Parrot Family Psittacidae
242
Cuckoo Family Cuculidae
255
Owl Family Strigidae
259
Potoo Family Nyctibiidae
264
Nighthawk Family Caprimulgidae
266
Hummingbird Family Trochilidae
268
Trogon Family Trogonidae
294
Kingfisher Family Alcedinidae
303
Motmot Family Momotidae
308
Jacamar Family Galbulidae
312
Puffbird Family Bucconidae
314
Toucan Family Ramphastidae
315
Woodpecker Family Picidae
323
Woodcreeper Family Dendrocolaptidae
332
Antbird Family Thamnophilidae
335
Tityra Family Tityridae
338
Manakin Family Pipridae
339
Flycatcher Family Tyrannidae
343
Swallow Family Hirundinidae
357
Jay Family Corvidae
359
Dipper Family Cinclidae
362
Wren Family Troglodytidae
363
Thrush and Robin Family Turdidae
368
Silkyflycatcher Family Ptilogonatidae
374
Bananaquit Family Coerebidae
376
Warbler Family Parulidae
378
Blackbird and Oriole family Icteridae
387
Tanager Family Thraupidae
394
Saltator Grosbeak and Finch Family Emberizidae
420
Mammals
441
Opossum Family Didelphidae
443
Porcupine Family Erethizontidae
445
Sheathtailed Bat Family Emballonuridae
447
Leafnosed Bat Family Phyllostomidae
449
New World Monkey Family Cebidae
450
Anteater Family Myrmecophagidae
460
Sloth Family Bradypodidae
462
Armadillo Family Dasypodidae
467
Squirrel Family Sciuridae
469
Cavy Family Dasyproctidae
471
Weasel Family Mustelidae
474
Raccoon Family Procyonidae
476
Cat Family Felidae
479
Peccary Family Tayassuidae
486
Deer Family Cervidae
490
Tapir Family Tapiridae
491
Baleen Whale Family Balaenopteridae
493
Glossary
497
Costa Rica Conservation Organizations and Field Stations
503
Wildlife Tourism Sites and Field Stations Referred to in the Distribution Maps
505
Wildlife Vocalization Tapes and CDs
518
Costa Rican Trip Preparation Checklist
520
Index
523
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

CARROL L. HENDERSON has headed the Nongame Wildlife Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for thirty-three years. He is an award-winning wildlife conservationist who has helped bring back eastern bluebirds, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, river otters, and trumpeter swans; an avid wildlife photographer whose images have appeared in the New York Times, Audubon, Birder's World, and Wild Bird; an experienced birding tour leader to Latin America, Kenya, Tanzania, and New Zealand; and the author of many magazine articles and nine books, including Oology and Ralph's Talking Eggs.

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