=A guide with illustrations or photographs for identification
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.
Our Opinion: The first section is a field guide format with color plates opposite concise text, with multiple illustrations showing variations of sex, age, color morph, and attitude. The remainder of the book consists of complete species accounts with an identification summary, taxonomic and geographic variation, similar species, status and distribution, habitat, behavior, molt, description, fine points, unusual plumages, hybrids, etymology, and references. The accounts include Latin names, common English and Spanish names, measurements, color photos and range maps. The book also includes a glossary, index, and references.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Year of Publication: 2017
Page Count: 304
Weight: 2.5 lb