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Birds of Mexico and Central America

Field / Identification Guide
  • More than 1500 species described and illustrated
  • Information on key identification features, habitat, and songs and calls
  • Distribution maps showing each species' location and prevalence
  • Illustrations of all plumages for each species
  • 98 color plates, which appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference
  • Comprehensive and highly portable
  • A must for all birdwatchers visiting the region

Series: Princeton Illustrated Checklist

By: Ber van Perlo(Author)

336 pages, 98 plates with colour illustrations; b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps, colour maps

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Jul 2006 | #216725 | ISBN: 0691120706
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £29.99 $40/€34 approx

About this book

Please note that this book was published in Europe as the now out-of-print Collins Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Central America.

Birds of Mexico and Central America is the only field guide to illustrate and describe every species of bird in Central America from Mexico to Panama, including Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Written and illustrated by Ber van Perlo, this handsome work covers more than 1500 species. Information on key identification features, habitats, songs, and calls is included as are distribution maps showing each species' location and prevalence. Enhanced with ninety-eight color plates, Birds of Mexico and Central America provides illustrations of all plumages for the adult males and females as well as the juveniles of each species. Illustrations appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference. Comprehensive and highly portable, Birds of Mexico and Central America is a must for any birdwatcher visiting the region.

"The little book has an amazing breadth of information, and a quick thumbing through leads you to just about any family of birds you may want to find."
– Gary Clark, Houston Chronicle

"The best feature about the book is that it packs a lot of birds, more than 1500 species, in a small guide that can be easily carried in the field [...] Birds of Mexico and Central America is a god acquisition for anyone with a strong interest in the birds of the region."
– Frederic H. Brock, Wildlife Activist

"This useful book adds to the continually growing list of field identification field guides illustrating Neotropical birds. It is recommended to ornithologists, birders, conversations biologists, naturalists, and educators, and ecotourism guides taking people on fields trips to Mexico and Central American."
International Hawkwatcher

"A new entry into the Illustrated Checklist guides published by Princeton. The [book's] size makes it easy to carry in the field [and] important to travelers who have been burdened with the more weighty field guides previously published for this area [...] The plates are well-done and should enable easy identification of the birds found there. A must for all birdwatchers visiting the region."
– Charles E. Keller, Indiana Audubon Quarterly

"I would recommend this book highly to anyone birding or banding in Mexico or Central America."
– John Woodcock, American Bird Bander

"I wouldn't think of visiting Panama without this series' volume [...] Superbly designed to present as much visual information about the species included in as small and portable a format as possible [...] [T]his book will be a constant companion to me while I am in Panama."
– John E. Ruitta, Well-Read Naturalist

"An admirable guide."
– Melissa Mayntz,

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Ber van Perlo is the author and illustrator of three highly successful Birds of Eastern Africa, Birds of Southern Africa, and Birds of Western and Central Africa.

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