Raptors of Mexico and Central America

Author: William S. Clark,N. John Schmitt

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400885078

Category: Nature

Page: 272

View: 304

Raptors are among the most challenging birds to identify in the field due to their bewildering variability of plumage, flight silhouettes, and behavior. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the first illustrated guide to the region's 69 species of raptors, including vagrants. It features 32 stunning color plates and 213 color photos, and a distribution map for each regularly occurring species. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, age-related plumages, status and distribution, subspecies, molt, habitats, behaviors, potential confusion species, and more. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the essential field guide to this difficult bird group and the ideal travel companion for anyone visiting this region of the world. Covers all 69 species of raptors found in Mexico and Central America Features 32 color plates and hundreds of color photos Provides multiple illustrations of each species Depicts and describes variations in plumage by individual, morph, age, and region Describes behavior, food preferences, hunting strategies, vocalizations, and molt Covers rare and extralimital species Includes distribution maps and flight silhouettes
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Raptors of Mexico and Central America

Author: William S. Clark,Lloyd Kiff,N. John Schmitt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780691116495

Category: Nature

Page: 272

View: 5125

Raptors are among the most challenging birds to identify in the field due to their bewildering variability of plumage, flight silhouettes, and behavior. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the first illustrated guide to the region's 69 species of raptors, including vagrants. It features 32 stunning color plates and 213 color photos, and a distribution map for each regularly occurring species. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, age-related plumages, status and distribution, subspecies, molt, habitats, behaviors, potential confusion species, and more. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is the essential field guide to this difficult bird group and the ideal travel companion for anyone visiting this region of the world. Covers all 69 species of raptors found in Mexico and Central America Features 32 color plates and hundreds of color photos Provides multiple illustrations of each species Depicts and describes variations in plumage by individual, morph, age, and region Describes behavior, food preferences, hunting strategies, vocalizations, and molt Covers rare and extralimital species Includes distribution maps and flight silhouettes
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A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

Author: Steve N. G. Howell,Sophie Webb

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198540120

Category: Education

Page: 851

View: 9049

Field guide covering the 1070 bird species found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and western Nicaragua.
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Birds of Mexico and Central America

Author: Ber van Perlo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 9567

Birds of Mexico and Central America is the only field guide to illustrate and describe every species of bird in Central America from Mexico to Panama, including Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Written and illustrated by Ber van Perlo, this handsome work covers more than 1,500 species. Information on key identification features, habitats, songs, and calls is included as are distribution maps showing each species' location and prevalence. Enhanced with ninety-eight color plates, the book provides illustrations of all plumages for the adult males and females as well as the juveniles of each species. Illustrations appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference. Comprehensive and highly portable, this guide is a must for any birdwatcher visiting the region. More than 1,500 species described and illustrated Information on key identification features, habitat, and songs and calls Distribution maps showing each species' location and prevalence Illustrations of all plumages for each species 98 color plates, which appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference Comprehensive and highly portable A must for all birdwatchers visiting the region
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Raptors of Eastern North America

Author: Brian K. Wheeler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780691134765

Category: Nature

Page: 439

View: 3546

"Raptors of Eastern North America"--together with its companion volume, "Raptors of Western North America"--are the best and most thorough guides to North American hawks, eagles, and other raptors ever published. Abundantly illustrated with hundreds of full-color high-quality photographs, they are essential books for anyone seeking to identify these notoriously tricky-to-identify birds. "The Wheeler Guides" will help birders and biologists navigate the pitfalls of raptor identification, including raptors' often extreme variation by age and sex as well as the existence of numerous "confusion" species. The plumage section discusses more plumage variations--and in greater consistency, depth, and clarity--than any previously published guide. The text--informed by years of study and consultation with local, state, provincial, and regional experts--covers all aspects of raptor biology in an easy-to-read and consistent format. It provides the most up-to-date information available on status and distribution, taking into account the recent alteration of some species' ranges due to pesticide bans and introduction programs. The range maps--which include "city" plotting--are the most accurate and largest ever produced for North American raptors.
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Birds of Central America

Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama

Author: Andrew C. Vallely,Dale Dyer

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691184151

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

View: 7770

The first comprehensive field guide to the birds of Central America Birds of Central America is the first comprehensive field guide to the avifauna of the entire region, including Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Handy and compact, the book presents text and illustrations for nearly 1,200 resident and migrant species, and information on all rare vagrants. Two hundred sixty detailed plates on convenient facing-page spreads depict differing ages and sexes for each species, with a special focus on geographic variation. The guide also contains up-to-date range maps and concise notes on distribution, habitat, behavior, and voice. An introduction provides a brief overview of the region’s landscape, climate, and biogeography. The culmination of more than a decade of research and field experience, Birds of Central America is an indispensable resource for all those interested in the bird life of this part of the world. Detailed information on the entire avifauna of Central America 260 beautiful color plates Range maps, text, and illustrations presented on convenient facing-page spreads Up-to-date notes on distribution supported by an extensive bibliography Special focus on geographic variation of bird species
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A Field Guide to Hawks of North America

Author: William S. Clark,Brian K. Wheeler

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395670675

Category: Nature

Page: 316

View: 7333

Identifies all species of North American hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures, kites, and ospreys, describing their characteristics and markings.
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Birds of Nicaragua

A Field Guide

Author: Liliana Chavarría-Duriaux,David C. Hille,Robert Dean

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 150170950X

Category: Nature

Page: 480

View: 543

"Field guide for identifying birds in the field in Nicaragua. Includes body measurements, country-specific range maps, field marks for identification, key comparisons with similar species, vocalization descriptions, scientific names, and English and Spanish common names. Includes alphabetical quick-find index on the inside back cover"--
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Raptors of New Mexico

Author: Jean-Luc E. Cartron

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 0826341470

Category: Science

Page: 688

View: 598

No book has ever before specifically focused on the birds of prey of New Mexico. Both Florence Bailey (1928) and J. Stokley Ligon (1961) published volumes on the birds of New Mexico, but their coverage of raptors was somewhat limited. In the ensuing years a great deal of new information has been collected on these mighty hunters' distribution, ecology, and conservation, including in New Mexico. The book begins with a history of the word "raptor." The order of Raptatores, or Raptores, was first used to classify birds of prey in the early nineteenth century, derived from the Latin word raptor, one who seizes by force. The text then includes the writings of thirty-seven contributing authors who relate their observations on these regal species. For example, Joe Truett recounts the following in the chapter on the Swainson's Hawk: "From spring to fall each year at the Jornada Caves in the Jornada del Muerto, Swainson's hawks assemble daily to catch bats. The bats exit the caves--actually lava tubes--near sundown. The hawks swoop in, snatch bats from the air, and eat them on the wing." Originally from France, Jean-Luc Cartron has lived and worked on several continents, finding his passion in the wide-open spaces of New Mexico. He became fascinated by the birds of prey and has studied their ecology and conservation for nearly twenty years. Raptors of New Mexico will provide readers with a comprehensive treatment of all hawks, eagles, kites, vultures, falcons, and owls breeding or wintering in New Mexico, or simply migrating through the state. This landmark study is also beautifully illustrated with more than six hundred photographs, including the work of more than one hundred photographers, and more than twenty species distribution maps.
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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America

Author: Jesse Fagan,Oliver Komar

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544867106

Category: Nature

Page: 432

View: 1577

A field guide to the birds of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, abundantly illustrated and with comprehensive coverage of both endemic and migrant birds Birding is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry in northern Central America, and this is the newest and best bird field guide to this region—the first new bird guide in over ten years for the countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. This guide is far more complete than previous ones, with more than 800 species accounts, full-color range maps, and 1,000 beautiful illustrations and behavioral vignettes covering all species recorded in the region. This guide is designed for birders to carry in the field, and it is a must-have for any birder who visits the area.
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African Raptors

Author: Bill Clark,Rob Davies

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147292570X

Category: Travel

Page: 384

View: 9018

The most comprehensive guide to African raptors ever published. Africa has the most diverse range of raptors of any continent, with almost a third of the world's species occurring in the region. This comprehensive new book treats all of these species in impressive detail, with emphasis on their field identification. A full range of plumages is illustrated for each species, with artwork by raptor specialist Rob Davies. The authoritative text treats the identification of both perched and in-flight birds, and covers all major races, ages, plumages and morphs. These texts are accompanied by up-to-date distribution maps and a range of fabulous colour photographs from some of the world's leading bird photographers, again covering as broad a range of ages and subspecies as possible. This new Helm Identification Guide will be an essential reference for all birders and ornithologists with an interest in raptors.
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Flight Identification of Raptors of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East

Author: Dick Forsman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472925548

Category: Nature

Page: 608

View: 1243

Raptors are notoriously hard to identify, even if seen well, and represent perhaps the toughest of all ID challenges for birders. This book is the ultimate flight-identification guide for the raptors of the Western Palaearctic, covering Europe, North Africa, the Middle East (including Arabia) to Central Asia. It provides identification information for all 60 species that regularly occur in the region, to subspecific level. The text covers every plumage and age in detail, with each species account accompanied by a range of photographs covering all the principal plumages. Based on this stunning photographic coverage, most of which has never been published before, this book represents a landmark in bird identification books and a major work for all raptor enthusiasts.
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A Swift Guide to Butterflies of Mexico and Central America

Second Edition

Author: Jeffrey Glassberg

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400889863

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 3601

A groundbreaking photographic field guide to almost all of Mexico's butterfly species and many of Central America's This is a revised second edition of a groundbreaking photographic field guide to the butterflies of Mexico and Central America. Written by Jeffrey Glassberg, the pioneering authority on the field identification of butterflies, the guide covers more than 2,000 species and features over 3,700 large, gorgeous color photographs, the very best images available, accompanied by authoritative facing-page text. This second edition includes more species, more than 1,500 new photos, and updated text, maps, and species names. And range maps, field marks, and host plants are included for all Mexican butterflies. The result is an ideal field guide that will enable you to identify almost every butterfly you see. A revised second edition of a groundbreaking guide, featuring more species, more than 1,500 new photos, and updated text, maps, and species names The first complete guide to Mexican butterflies Covers almost all of Mexico's more than 1,700 species, plus many Central American species, including more than two-thirds of those in Costa Rica Written by the pioneering authority on the field identification of butterflies Beautifully illustrated with more than 3,700 color photographs that highlight key identification features Range maps, field marks, and host plants for all Mexican species Authoritative facing-page text An invaluable tool for field identification
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Hawks at a Distance

Identification of Migrant Raptors

Author: Jerry Liguori

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400838266

Category: Nature

Page: 216

View: 3891

The ultimate must-have guide for identifying migrant raptors, Hawks at a Distance is the first volume to focus on distant raptors as they are truly seen in the field. Jerry Liguori, a leading expert on North American raptors, factors in new information and approaches for identifying twenty-nine species of raptor in various lighting situations and settings. The field guide's nineteen full-color portraits, 558 color photos, and 896 black-and-white images portray shapes and plumages for each species from all angles. Useful flight identification criteria are provided and the accompanying text discusses all aspects of in-flight hawk identification, including flight style and behavior. Concentrating on features that are genuinely observable at a distance, this concise and practical field guide is ideal for any aspiring or experienced hawk enthusiast. The first guide to focus on distant raptors as they are viewed in the field New information and approaches for identifying distant raptors Illustrates twenty-nine species in various lighting situations and settings 558 color photos and 896 black-and-white images depicting plumage and shape characteristics All aspects of in-flight hawk identification, including flight style and behavior
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A Field Guide to the Raptors of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa

Author: William S. Clark,N. John Schmitt

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198546610

Category: Nature

Page: 371

View: 6970

The birds of prey must rank among the most imposing and spectacular birds to be found anywhere in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. In this comprehensive new identification guide, Bill Clark presents the latest information on tried and tested field marks for identifying the diurnal raptors, both perched and in flight. Many of these field marks are the result of his own extensive experience in identifying raptors, and have never before been published. Forty-eight stunning colour plates, especially painted for this volume by artist N. John Schmitt, depict all the plumages for every raptor found in the Western Palearctic region, both regularly occurring and vagrant. The plates are augmented by a forty-page colour photograph section. The accompanying text provides the essential clues to identification. These include detailed plumage descriptions for each age, sex, and colour morph, as well as sections describing flight, moult, behaviour, and distribution for every species. The text also contains useful sections on similar species - notoriously difficult to identify - and how to distinguish them. Each account concludes with the range of measurements for length, wing span, and weight. Bill Clark has been working on the raptors for over thiry years, observing them, studying them, writing about them, and photographing them. His passion for birds of prey has taken him around the world, and in particular to Europe and to the Middle East, making him uniquely qualified to write this book. It will be essential for any birdwatcher or ornithologist who wants to watch and identify the region's raptors in the field.
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Birds of Prey of the East

A Field Guide

Author: Brian K. Wheeler

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400890160

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 8875

Birds of Prey of the East and its companion volume, Birds of Prey of the West, are the most comprehensive and authoritative field guides to North American birds of prey ever published. Written and lavishly illustrated with stunning, lifelike paintings by leading field-guide illustrator, photographer, and author Brian Wheeler, the guides depict an enormous range of variations of age, sex, color, and plumage, and feature a significant amount of plumage data that has never been published before. The painted figures illustrate plumage and species comparisons in a classic field-guide layout. Each species is shown in the same posture and from the same viewpoint, which further assists comparisons. Facing-page text includes quick-reference identification points and brief natural history accounts that incorporate the latest information. The range maps are exceptionally accurate and much larger than those in other guides. They plot the most up-to-date distribution information for each species and include the location of cities for more accurate reference. Finally, the guides feature color habitat photographs next to the maps. The result sets a new standard for guides to North America's birds of prey. Lavishly illustrated with stunning, lifelike paintings Written and illustrated by a leading authority on North American birds of prey Depicts more plumages than any other guide Concise facing-page text includes quick-reference identification points Classic field-guide layout makes comparing species easy Large, accurate range maps include up-to-date distribution information Unique color habitat photographs next to the maps
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Neotropical Birds of Prey

Biology and Ecology of a Forest Raptor Community

Author: David F Whitacre

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801466113

Category: Nature

Page: 560

View: 8764

Until recently, surprisingly little has been known about the biology and behavior of tropical forest raptors, including such basic aspects as diets, breeding biology, habitat requirements, and population ecology, information critical to the development of conservation efforts. The Peregrine Fund conducted a significant eight-year-long research program on the raptor species, including owls, in Tikal National Park in Guatemala to learn more about Neotropical birds of prey. Impressive and unprecedented in scale, this pioneering research also involved the development of new methods for detecting, enumerating, and studying these magnificent but often elusive birds in their forest home. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of previously little-known species, the resulting book is the most important single source for information on the lowland tropical forest raptor species found in Central America. Neotropical Birds of Prey covers twenty specific species in depth, including the Ornate Hawk-Eagle, the Barred Forest-Falcon, the Bat Falcon, and the Mexican Wood Owl, offering thorough synopses of all current knowledge regarding breeding biology and behavior, diet, habitat use, and spatial needs. Contributors to this landmark work also show how the populations fit together as a community with overlapping habitat and prey needs that can put them in competition with reptiles and mammalian carnivores as well, yet differ from one another in their nesting or feeding behaviors and population dynamics. The work's substantive original data offer interesting comparisons between tropical and temperate zone species, and provide a basis for establishing conservation measures based on firsthand research. Making available for the first time new data on the biology, ecology, behavior, and conservation of the majestic owls and raptors of the New World tropics, this book will appeal to a wide ornithological readership, especially the many raptor enthusiasts around the world.
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Birds of the High Andes

A Manual to the Birds of the Temperate Zone of the Andes and Patagonia, South America

Author: Jon Fjeldså,Niels Krabbe

Publisher: ISBS

ISBN: 9788788757163

Category: Science

Page: 876

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Written by two of the leading explorers in the birdlife of the High Andes, this book sets new standards in this field. The book is illustrated by Jon Fjeldsaa, one of the World's most gifted bird artists, who again has proved his accuracy with the fine plumage details as well as masterly renditions of the general impression and shape. Almost one tenth of the World's nine thousand bird species are illustrated, many of them for the first time. Both males, females, young, and distinct subspecies are shown. The 64 beautifully composed colour plates depict over two thousand plumages. This is supplemented by several hundred line-drawings of the birds. Today this book is regarded as the "bible" in Andean birds and more than 4000 copies have been sold. Birds of the High Andes is published in co-operation with the Zoological Museum, Copenhagen, where one third of the retail price for the books is spent on further investigations in Andean birds. A colour prospectus is available upon request. 64 colour plates. Numerous line drawings. Distribution map to each species.
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Buntings and Sparrows

Author: Clive Byers,Urban Olsson,Jon Curson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408135019

Category: Science

Page: 264

View: 5295

Buntings and North American sparrows offer a great identification challenge. Many of the long distance migrants are notable wanderers, with a strong tendency to vagrancy, while others are rare and local. Some of the Asian buntings and tropical sparrows are still poorly known, and the skulking habits of some species add to the challenge. Most male buntings acquire a bright plumage, but the American sparrows acquire this exceptionally, rather than as the rule. Many sparrows and female buntings appear to be rather dull brown birds, but a closer look will reveal intricate and often quite beautiful plumage; with these birds, the field marks that will enable positive identification are to be found in minute feather detail. This book is the first comprehensive guide to all the Old World buntings and North American sparrows. It includes 39 plates in full colour depicting all the species and distinct races. In the systematic section each species account is divided into sections: the identification section summarises important field marks; the description section details plumage and bare part characteristics for all ages and sexes; geographical variation covers taxonomy, and other sections give detailed measurements, descriptions of moult and ageing, habits, voice, status and habitat, distribution and movements, and references. A range map is included for each species. This beautifully presented book will for many years to come help solve the identification problems posed by a delightful and sought-after family of birds.
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The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors

Author: Richard Crossley,Jerry Liguori,Brian Sullivan

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400847044

Category:

Page: 304

View: 5891

Part of the revolutionary "Crossley ID Guide" series, this is the first raptor guide with lifelike scenes composed from multiple photographs--scenes that allow you to identify raptors just as the experts do. Experienced birders use the most easily observed and consistent characteristics--size, shape, behavior, probability, and general color patterns. The book's 101 scenes--including thirty-five double-page layouts--provide a complete picture of how these features are all related. Even the effects of lighting and other real-world conditions are illustrated and explained. Detailed and succinct accounts from two of North America's foremost raptor experts, Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan, stress the key identification features. This complete picture allows everyone from beginner to expert to understand and enjoy what he or she sees in the field. The mystique of bird identification is eliminated, allowing even novice birders to identify raptors quickly and simply. Comprehensive and authoritative, the book covers all thirty-four of North America's diurnal raptor species (all species except owls). Each species is featured in stunning color plates that show males and females, in a full spectrum of ages and color variants, depicted near and far, in flight and at rest, and from multiple angles, all caught in their typical habitats. There are also comparative, multispecies scenes and mystery photographs that allow readers to test their identification skills, along with answers and full explanations in the back of the book. In addition, the book features an introduction, and thirty-four color maps accompany the plates. Whether you are a novice or an expert, this one-of-a-kind guide will show you an entirely new way to look at these spectacular birds.The most complete guide to North American raptors, written by some of the foremost experts The first raptor guide using Richard Crossley's acclaimed, innovative composite images that show birds as they actually appear in the field 101 stunning color plates--including thirty-five double-page layouts--composed from thousands of photographs Comparative, multispecies plates and photos of mystery species that allow readers to test their growing identification skills Complete with introduction, 34 color maps, and detailed species accounts
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