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Field Guides & Natural History  Ornithology  Birds of the Americas  Birds of Central & South America

Birds of Nicaragua A Field Guide

Field / Identification Guide World / Checklist
By: Liliana Chavarría-Duriaux(Author), David C Hille(Author), Robert Dean(Author), Tom Will(Foreword By)
469 pages, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps, 1 colour map
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  • Birds of Nicaragua ISBN: 9781501701580 Paperback May 2018 In stock
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Birders in Central America have long known that Nicaragua is one of the best birding locations in the world, and with tourism to the country on the upswing, birders from the rest of the world are now coming to the same conclusion. The largest country in Central America, Nicaragua is home to 763 resident and passage birds, by latest count. Because of its unique topography – the country is relatively flat compared to its mountainous neighbors to the north and south – it forms a geographical barrier of sorts, which means that many birds that originate in North America reach their southernmost point in Nicaragua, while many birds from South America reach their northernmost point in the country. There are few places in the world where you can find both a Roadrunner and a Scarlet Macaw.

Birds of Nicaragua features descriptions and illustrations of all 763 species currently identified in the country, along with information about 44 additional species that are likely to appear in the coming years. Range maps, based on years of field research, are color-coded. Other features include a richly illustrated anatomical features section, a checklist, a visual guide to vultures and raptors in flight, and a quick-find index.

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  • A good addition
    By Keith 19 Jul 2019 Written for Paperback
    Nicaragua is a popular destination for American birders who particularly head there in March/April, and this field guide is a useful addition to the avian literature of Central America. It is superior to the only other book on the subject (A Guide to the Birds of Nicaragua, 2014) which was also authored by Liliana Chavarría-Duriaux. Nicaragua has always been perceived as less safe than neighbouring Costa Rica and Honduras, and since April it has experienced major demonstrations so travel there is not currently recommended. Thankfully all of its birds can be seen elsewhere – including the formerly endemic Nicaraguan Grackle Quiscalus nicaraguensis, which has spread into northern Costa Rica.

    This guide has the traditional layout of text on the left (with a colour-coded distribution map) facing colour illustrations by Robert Dean on the right. It features all of the 763 species on the country’s list, along with information about 44 additional species that may appear in future years. There is also a double-page visual guide to vultures and raptors in flight at the back – and most raptors, waders and wildfowl are also depicted in flight in the main species accounts. There is also a quick-find index to species families. The introductory chapters give an overview to bird sites in Nicaragua. Anyone planning a trip once things have settled down should get a copy of Bill Volkert’s site guide (Where to Watch Birds in Nicaragua, 2014), which works perfectly with this new field guide.
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Field / Identification Guide World / Checklist
By: Liliana Chavarría-Duriaux(Author), David C Hille(Author), Robert Dean(Author), Tom Will(Foreword By)
469 pages, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps, 1 colour map
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"This work represents the definitive field guide to Nicaraguan birds for bird watchers and ornithologists alike. It's an important work that will promote ornithology, conservation, and tourism in a country rich with birds at the crossroads of North and South America."
– Steve Beissinger, President, American Ornithological Society, and Professor of Conservation Biology, University of California, Berkeley

"Whether you are a Nicaraguan resident or contemplating a visit for the first time, this book is indispensable for learning the birds and the diverse topography and habitats. Nicaragua's avifauna is vastly underappreciated and this book invites one to participate in adding more information to this ecologically complex and friendly country."
– Mark Robbins, Collection Manager, Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, University of Kansas

"Field guides are one of our best conservation tools – we cannot conserve what we don't know. From preferred habitat types and features, to specific calls and behaviors, Birds of Nicaragua provides much needed details to aid in the identification of the 763 bird species that make up the rich avifauna of the country. The inclusion of species status, referencing specific types of protected areas and endemic bird regions where species are found, ensures that this guide will make a significant impact on bird conservation for one of the most important regions in Mesoamerica."
– Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez, Quantitative Ecologist, Conservation Science and Bird Population Studies, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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