554 pages, 11 plates with 33 colour photos, 73 plates with 1000 colour illustrations; b/w distribution maps, 1 fold-out colour map
The first dedicated field guide to Honduras, featuring 1,000 illustrations on 73 color plates. Guide to the Birds of Honduras also illustrates the majority of the migratory species. Along with the standard species accounts Guide to the Birds of Honduras has a lengthy chapter on 'Where to Find Birds in Honduras'. There are numerous tables toward the end of the book, one of which has an extensive list of botanical names for nectar sources that hummingbirds utilize and each species of hummingbird observed for each flower. A unique feature is a large pull-out map, approx. 16 × 25 inches, fitted in a pocket in the backcover. One side illustrates a basic layout of ecosystems, while other side is labeled 'Important Bird Sites in Honduras' and features over 200 points of interest throughout the country. These GPS-coded marker numbers are embedded in the text throughout most of the book and are all laid out in a separate table. This layout means that all the numbers can be easily cross-referenced.
Guide to the Birds of Honduras covers over 98% of the birds of the surrounding countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize and Nicaragua.
"In the spirit of Wallace and Bates, Robert has meticulously cataloged the rich abundance of this nation's birds [...] it was his heartfelt dedication to understanding the full spectrum of the Honduran avifauna that drew our company back time and time again."
– Peg Abott - Owner Naturalist Journeys and CEO, Caligo Ventures
"Fom the fascinating pine savannas of the Mosquitia, dry Pacific woodland, to mist-shrouded cloud forests, there are birds everywhere, many of them more easily seen in this friendly country than anywhere else"
– Dr. Robert S. Ridgely - President, Rainforest Trust
"'Robert's knowledge of Honduran birds in the field is extraordinary [...] and his concern for the conservation of the birdlife and natural habitats of his adopted country are an inspiration to many"
– Mark Beaman - Birdquest
Layout of the land 1
Geologic history 1
Honduran depression 1
Protected areas of Honduras 7
Bird migration in Honduras 8
Avian conservation in Honduras 10
Chronology of field work in Honduras by author 12
Bird topography 15
Family and species accounts 18
(Ecosystems of Honduras)
Where to find birds in Honduras 450
Pull-out map 484
Table of GPS coordinates 486
Species to be expected 497
Hummingbird nectar sources 514
Index to scientific names 539
Index of English common names 547
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Robert Gallardo is a professional bird guide in Honduras and has led tours for 15 years.