Comstock: Cornell Univ. Pr. Oct. 1989. c.656p. permanent paper. illus. maps. bibliog. index. LC 88-43444. ISBN 0-8014-2287-6. $65; pap. ISBN 0-8014-9600-4. $35. ref This is a superior field guide to a country with one of the richest assortments of bird life anywhere. Written and illustrated by top experts, this book has it all: 52 excellent color plates, detailed species accounts, brief write-ups of 70 birding localities, and extensive introductory materials, often skimped on in books of this genre, on geography, climate, habitats, and conservation, accompanied by helpful photographs. Costa Rica has a fine park system and has long been the most popular Central American country for visiting naturalists. Since the destruction of natural areas in the Neotropics is finally receiving the publicity it deserves, books such as this are urgently needed. It is the first Costa Rican bird book since Paul Slud's The Birds of Costa Rica (1964. o.p.), a respected but unillustrated monograph. A splendid job. Highly recommended.
- Henry T. Armistead, Thomas Jefferson Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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I have lived on the Pacific of Costa Rica for 5 years and find myself constantly referring to this book - one that was recommended to me by virtually every person I spoke to who... Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by Nony A. Mouse
This book along with the essay collection "Costa Rica : The Last Country the Gods Made" should be owned by anyone who loves Costa Rica, even if they think they despise nature... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004
It is hard to add much to the reviews provided by readers. The book is a superb guide to the birds of Costa Rica. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2003 by z
Excellent book, invaluable for field and in-hand identification of birds in Costa Rica. If I could offer criticism, we need a more up to date edition (many species' range... Read morePublished on April 15 2003 by Rachel Taylor
We bought this for our trip to Costa Rica after a friend who had been there recommended it to us. We haven't gone on our trip yet but are looking forward to using this book when... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2002 by merrymousies
This is the best book for birding in Costa Rica but it is far too big and heavy to be an ideal field guide. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2000 by John G Lumb