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A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica Paperback – Sep 22 1989
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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
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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 . . . on geography, climate, habitats, and conservation, accompanied by helpful photographs."—Library Journal
"This book is much more than a field guide to the birds; it is a complete guide to birding in Costa Rica. It is so much more comprehensive and helpful than other country field guides that it sets a new standard for field guide utility and comprehensiveness."—Naturalist Review
"An excellent field guide, one that sets the industry standard . . . at least for this reviewer, who has subsequently compared every bird guide to 'Stiles and Skutch.' . . . The authors are two top experts on neo-tropical birds in general. . . . Absolutely indispensable for Costa Rica, and very useful for countries which share Costa Rican avifauna."—British Bulletin of Publications, April 2000
"This long-awaited, much-needed volume may be the best field guide I've ever seen, and it's sure to become the standard against which all new field guides will be measured. Tehcnically excellent and comprehensive, it's the kind of book readers will not put down at the end of the day, but will savor in the evenings back at camp."—Marcy F. Lawton, University of Alabama
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Also, not sure why but a bunch of the colour plates were cropped - so bits of some birds are missing. Makes it look like some cheap black-market reproduction. I cross compared with a book purchased in Costa Rica, and it had the same issue, but I can't imagine the original printings were like dat.
Like the Quetzal calls: "very good, very good..."!
The book is a bit heavy and I agree you should remove the central plates and only bring the illustrations on your field trip.
If you have a more casual interest in birds, you may be more happy with "A Pocket Wildlife Guide" for Costa Rica, published by Rainforests Pub.,... commonly available locally in Costa Rica. It has nice color plates of common birds, butterflys, reptiles, and mammals.
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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
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