This comprehensive field guide to the birds of South America covers all 1,952 passerine species to be found south of Panama, including offshore islands such as Trinidad, the Galapagos, and the Falklands, and the islands of the Scotia Arc leading to the Antarctic mainland. It features 197 stunning color plates and detailed species accounts that describe key identification features, habitat, songs, and calls. All plumages for each species are illustrated, including males, females, and juveniles. This easy-to-use guide is the essential travel companion for experienced birdwatchers and novice birders alike.
Our Opinion: Lightweight, concise, and comprehensive. Books in the Illustrated Checklists series are extremely concise, with minimal text and small maps and illustrations - truly a checklist with illustrations as opposed to a field guide. The thumbnail maps are so small that they donít give much detail, but they are accurate and usable. This guide packs lots of information into only 1.5 pounds, illustrating 1,952 species with all plumages, including males, females, and juveniles. They have improved this guide over previous ones in the series by placing the thumbnail maps opposite the plates, with the text, though it appears they have gotten smaller. Essential for a backpacker, or if your suitcase is tight and size and weight are of utmost importance. We prefer the artwork of Guy Tudor and the text of Robert Ridgely found in the Field Guide to the Songbirds of South America: The Passerines -http://www.buteobooks.com/product/13028.html
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Year of Publication: 2015
Page Count: 464
Weight: 1.7 lb